The design era we call "Mid-Century Modern" spans the time after World War II until approximately 1970. Houses built during this period reflect post-war America's desire to enter the modern era. Many houses are described as the "Atomic Ranch" style.
The emphasis in design was on natural materials and a floor plan that flows seamlessly from indoor to outdoor spaces. Contemporary patterns, simplified forms, functional forms but a hip style all see their place in the Mid-Century Modern home.
The era was marked by innovative architects and designers like Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Eero Saarinen, as well as unique artists such as Jackson Pollock. Their designs and artwork reflected the aesthetic of simple lines; pure forms stripped down to the essentials and the abandonment of excessive details and flourishes.
This focus on pure design reflected the Baby-Boom times of low-cost, easy living in the suburbs. Careful use of colors, meticulous craftsmanship, and clean lines marked interior and exterior designs. Materials such as steel, concrete, and glass were more in use after the war, and architectural elements saw a more geometric and abstract shape.
Paint cards and palettes from the era show a wide variety of color options, often trending towards neutrals and earth colors with pops of bright accent colors. Form following function became the key in design.
When you own a Mid-Century Modern home, you need to spend time remodeling and updating the home due to its age and wear. This type of project can be expensive and time-consuming. In the end, finding the perfect finishing touches can be the most frustrating part of the task. However, without those details, the project lacks the overall punch you have been trying to achieve.