How to Create a Mid 20th Century Vibe for Your Home

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Once Mad Men took the country by storm, people started to really see just how cool the style was from the 50s and 60s. Everything had some style to it. The way people dressed, the cars, furniture and color accents all lent so much style to the world.

There are still some really interesting style trends happening now, but nothing compares to those days. Recreating that look in your home can send you back in time to when the economy was booming and the Space Race was in full effect.

In this article, I will go over several ways that you can decorate your house in a Mid Century style without much effort.

1 – Use the right hardware

Little details can make all the difference so when you want to restyle your home, changing the accents is a good place to start. The hardware is something that isn’t really noticed until it is replaced with something interesting.

For instance, to give your home a retro 60s feel, you can replace your door hinges with Bullet Hinges that will evoke the days of the Space Race. The shape and color are reminiscent of a rocket and mimics the stylings of the cars at the time. Those car details were taken directly from the trend of space related style.

Changing the hardware on your dressers and closet doors will also work to create an atmosphere.

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2 – Furniture

Luckily, you don’t have to go out and find antiques from the time period you are looking to recreate. There are plenty of places to buy modern versions of the old classics.

And if you really don’t want to spend much, you can retrofit your current furniture to look like it was made in the 50s or 60s.

If you are out shopping for it, look for a few characteristics that will make it fit the theme. Lightweight and thin legs that taper down are the first factor to look for as this was a feature in just about every piece of furniture. Even mens’ pants had the same type of slim, tapering effect.

Next, make sure they have lines and sharp angles. Sofas shouldn’t be deep, soft couches but have a firm and blocky shape to the pillows.

If you like the European version of this style, then even Ikea is a great place to look as much of their furniture is made to recreate the style of 1960s Sweden.


4 – Storage

You can complete the look with shelves that show off your retro and vintage goods. If you collect vinyl, then you don’t want it hidden away. It should actually be a part of the overall design and used as an accent.

Get some shelving that has thin supports and intermittent cabinets. Anything assymetrical is good. Then fill it sporadically with your vinyl, books and other knick knacks from the era.

Devote a lower shelf as a cocktail bar and you really tie the whole look together.