Creating a Modern Mid-Century Home
With Architecture and Design changing at a rapid rate, it’s not surprising that we draw inspiration from new ideas and mod con’s.
But there is something to be said about the classics and why we return to certain era’s for back-to-basic’s design.
We’ve discovered a couple that are creating a modern mid-century home and we think it’s perfect!
We’ll take you through some of the amazing spaces in this carefully considered home, and show you why certain styles will never go out of fashion.
It’s easy to see why some designs and styles are still inspiring modern architecture and the way we choose to live.
For our dream clients, they chose to create their very own slice of paradise on the beaches of Northern NSW.
They set about creating a modern mid-century home that is in keeping with the design of a bygone era, using modern construction, technology and materials.
Let us show you how to emulate this stunning take on a classic design.
Thankfully, kitchens are one of the places in our homes that have probably changed the most since the mid century.
Gone are the days where we spend hours in the kitchen cooking, washing up and cleaning.
We are so fortunate now to have modern technology everywhere in the kitchen. From fridges with internet access, to ovens that you can turn on from your car when leaving work…we have more time-saving and efficient products to help us more than ever.
So looking back to kitchens from the mid-century may be more of a trip down memory lane, to inspire you with a colour palette. Timber features played a pivotal part in the design and style of these homes, so this material is is essential!
Start with your kitchen cabinetry. Laminate has evolved and the options are almost limitless. To achieve the look, try a medium toned, red based timber laminate. Or if you prefer something lighter, try oak. Try to keep the rest of the kitchen quite minimal and streamlined, to allow the timber to be the star of the show.
The Main Attraction
Main bathrooms can sell homes, so it’s no surprise that they too have received a make-over in design and style over the years.
Unlike homes from the mid-century, we normally have at least 2-3 bathrooms in every home. So thankfully, there’s no more waiting for the shower, only to find there’s no hot water left!
Our main bathrooms are also much larger now, and if you are looking at creating a modern mid-century home, chances are you will again take inspiration from the colours and materials used in the past.
Dark mahogany and walnut timbers were essential in most homes from the 50’s & 60’s. So look for modern materials in these colours. Things like your cabinetry in the bathroom vanity or if you really love timber, try stained vertical cladding to really amp up the retro vibe!
Another way to bring the mid-century feeling into your bathroom is through tiles. Think of beautiful hand made tiles in shades of green, blues and our new favourite – blush! These colours scream mid-century!!
The inclusion of an ensuite is basically a given in any new or modern home.
An ensuite is a relatively private bathroom that not many of your guests will ever see, so if you like the idea of trying something a little different, this is your perfect opportunity.
Apart from the vanity cabinetry and floor tiling, the feature tile is another place that you can experiment. For cohesion, you may want to replicate the same tile choices as your master bathroom.
OR go rogue and choose a statement tile! This is one space that you can really introduce details that you haven’t tried before. A few modern retro-style tiles are penny rounds, textured squares and a new favourite – finger tiles!!
Our customer chose to have different tiles in each wet space, and the results are amazing! Each room feels unique, yet still ties into the style of the rest of the home.
Design Tip – Another way to create continuity in the wet spaces, is to use the same tapware throughout. So while you may have different coloured or shaped tiles, the tapware can be the element that ties it all together.
Soak It All In
Aaah, it’s the end of a long week and all you want to do is relax. Well, with the introduction of the freestanding bathtub, our bathrooms are starting to feel more like day spa’s!
We’re not complaining though…quite the contrary. In fact, it doesn’t seem to feel like a bathroom without a bathtub anymore!
The owners wanted to ensure that the bathtub was located in a bathroom that had a large floor-to-ceiling window. Not only did this allow the natural light to stream in, but it helps with the feeling that you’re creating a modern mid-century home.
Large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors were another essential element of mid-century architecture. It helped to keep the home feeling light, open and inviting. Another reason why we are so drawn to this style of home in Australia.
Our love of outdoor living is evident in most of our homes now and we have architects from the past to thank for that!
Design Tip – If you don’t have large floor-to-ceiling doors or windows in your bathroom, you can still bring the outside in. Try bringing a beautiful, large potted plant into the bathroom. Or if you don’t have the floor space, try a cascading plant hanging from the ceiling to liven up the space!
Back to The Future
If you are looking at creating a modern mid-century home, we hope that this has inspired you to move forward with your concept.
Thanks to modern architecture, design and materials, building your dream home has never been easier or more exciting.
Take a hint from the classics and your home will never go out of style!
Tell us about your inspiration from the past…is it a colour, a texture, or just a feeling you get when you see something old that is new again?
We’d love to hear your thoughts!