Mid-century modern design was at its peak in the years immediately following World War II, but its signature lines are still popular today. At the time of its conception, the middle class was on the rise. People had disposable income to spend on the American Dream, so designers channeled this optimism into their furniture and home designs.
Hallmarks of Mid-Century Modern Design
The 1950s and '60s brought about a forward-thinking mentality, and there was a renewed faith in the future. The Atomic Age and Space Age figured prominently in design with abstract organic forms coming into vogue, changing the landscape in both architectural and interior design.
Other characteristics of this style were bold, bright colors, particularly aqua and pink in the early days and orange, gold and green in the later years. Medium wood tones became popular for furniture and wall paneling. Above all, function became key, so furniture was simplified, with intricate carving and curlicues eliminated in favor of clean, gentle lines and smooth surfaces. The overall look? Sleek minimalism with big pops of color.
Mid-Century Modernism in the Bedroom
The simple, graceful nature of furniture crafted in mid-century modern design is perfect for bedrooms, where it promotes a restful atmosphere. For example, start with the Holfred bed for a focal point that embraces both form and function. The upholstered headboard is comfortable, featuring a textured gray fabric reminiscent of the 1950s, while the bed’s rounded corners and turned, tapered legs display hallmark details of this beautiful design style.
To complete the motif, the Holfred bedroom set includes coordinating nightstandsand dressers. The warm wood nightstand features practical bedside storage with an open cubby and two drawers. To aid in organizing your wardrobe and linens, consider adding the high chest and double dresser for ample storage in pure style. Each piece in the Holfred collection stands on graceful, tapered legs, while finishing details unique to this design include recessed drawer pulls and brass caps on the feet.
How to Shop for Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Furniture
Mid-century modern style is easy to achieve in your bedroom when you begin with the Holfred bed as your foundation. Layer in the coordinating pieces to create an inviting, nurturing space through the use of warm wood tones and simple lines that are pleasing to the eye. Shop for the Holfred or other great mid-century modern beds online or in stores at Scandinavian Designs.