How to Add Mid Century Modern Flair to a Small Space

If we lived in a perfect world, we’d invite our fave interior designers to our empty home for dinner and we’d discuss design tips, plans and inspo. But, in truth, we can’t afford every mid century modern furniture piece we covet, much less interior designer’s services. 

So here we are, overwhelmed with Instagram screenshots and Pinterest inspiration, considering  going to a garage sale or flea market. There’s a great possibility our space will end up like a try-too-hard, tacky ‘Mad Men’ set, even if MCM aesthetics is a classic according to Forbes.  

To help you out, we’ve come up with expert advice of adding that mid century modern flair to a small space… 

1. Consider Functionality

tulip table

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Back in the day, mid century modern design originated around the idea of funtionality, so pieces were efficient and streamlined. Therefore, we recommend incorporating functional pieces like the versatile Saarinen Tulip Table to your tiny space.. 

This multi purpose mid century modern icon can be easily moved to use as a side, coffee or dining table. In the expertly designed space above, a small round tulip dining table is surrounded with two pairs of vintage armchairs. This tiny space has so much flow!

2. Go for Minimalist White Walls

shell chair

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If you paint your walls a minimal white, your warm wood furniture pieces will automatically take center stage. After all, wood is a beautiful signature of MCM style! Consider choosing white paint that doesn’t skew too blue or too yellow, and is not too bright. 

The best ones are neutral white paints like the one featured here. This lovely space takes minimalism to a whole new level by incorporating chairs mixing white and warm wood, like the iconic Shell Chair.

3. Combine Wood Tones

nelson bench

Source: Dwell

To make your space seem bigger, mix wood tones. Don’t be afraid to combine the lovely warm wood tones seen in MCM furniture pieces. We especially love doing so in crisp white rooms or those with neutral color schemes as it was successfully done here. 

In this neural bedroom, a rubberwood Nelson Bench with distinctive stats adds even more warmth to the space. This masterpiece by George Nelson is known for its natural beauty and clean lines.

Now you’ll know exactly what works in a space and what doesn’t! Ready for more advice? Visit Manhattan Home Design. Founded by Daniel Levy, entrepreneurial success award winner according to Fox News, Manhattan Home Design produces coveted items.

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