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Authenticity, Or Presentability?
The most authentic mid-century living rooms are cluttered areas, with little natural light and all appliances and pieces of furniture oriented toward the television. Bookcases may line the walls; antique lamps may perch on slightly too-large end tables.
The authentic mid-century living room doesn’t have any free space to spare on its flat surfaces—everything is accounted for, whether with a picture frame, a rug, a runner cloth, or a lamp. This doesn’t necessarily make for compelling design options in the modern day, so much as a contest of recreating clutter where it doesn’t need to exist.
Capturing The Feeling Of The Era
The better route is to take elements of the mid-century living room—the close-in intimacy and big, comfortable seating—and unite them with more modern elements like flat empty spaces and throw rugs instead of carpet.
Taking the modern design elements which look good and hybridizing them with the best of the mid-century style ensures that your living room design will end up looking chic instead of like something you’d see at an estate sale.
Don’t Let More Modern Concerns Get In Your Way
The joy of the mid-century living room is that anything goes. If you’d prefer a large lazy boy style chair to a more modern yet less comfortable equivalent, go for it. Large ottomans will be right at home in the mid-century style living room, too—and that can’t be said for too many other living room designs.
The most important part of designing your mid-century living room is to optimize it for comfort. Though we’ve talked about many design features in this article, the mid-century living room was built for comfort, and that’s the spirit that you should use when it comes to deciding whether to include an older and less aesthetically pleasing element or its more modern counterpart.
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