The period of time which is often referred to as “Mid-century modern” was strongly associated with the use of bold colours, geometric patterns and an excess of chrome both within the home and in more commercial environments. Liberated and carefree, the optimism of the early post-war years and the period through the decade of the 60s gave rise to this style which still retains much relevance within more recent day contemporary home designs. Houses of the era were often notable for a more open plan approach to domestic architecture where the boundaries between living space, the kitchen and dining areas were blurred, requiring careful planning when it came to colour and style selection that was universally suited to different space usage. For bedroom style this is less of an issue, with the flexibility to choose from typical mid-century era colours, or update the look by incorporating more subdued colour tones from the same colour palette.
Go authentic with a nod to mid-century décor by seeking out those bold bright colours of red, aqua and yellow that were synonymous with the era and remain appropriate today for extrovert room themes with a vibrant contemporary edge. These wall and accent colours come into their own when stainless steel, chrome, or black furniture pieces are brought into the equation, where the texture and finish contrast does all the talking. In a mid-century bedroom setting look out for low-rise simply styled metal bed designs, or mirror-finish chrome bed frames teamed up with a pair of matching bedside tables and a chromed framed chair, for a touch of American diner chic. For a more updated look on this classic style, bring in tones closely related to these bold primary colours in the more restrained hues of burnt orange, copper or pale aqua, allowing the scheme to come alive with dark cabinetry and furnishings, or iron beds and metal furniture in transitional designs.
For a quieter room vibe particularly suited to bedroom moods, neutral colours are often favoured over more extrovert colour medleys for a more soothing aesthetic in low-light rooms or whenever a more sophisticated flavour is the order of the day. Muted tones of blue, green, taupe or mocha are all appropriate here, offering a more diverse canvas that is likely to have broader appeal, particularly when the time comes to put the house on the market. These tones are eminently flexible and will work well with both light and dark furniture choices of mid-century style, with any combination of accent shades, and bed linens and décor, including fabric design and wallpapers featuring bold geometric patterns.
For yet more flexibility, a white backdrop or those derivative white hues remain a staple in modern home décor just as they might have been half a century ago offering an easy room style where the room furnishings and colour mix is allowed to stand out against a clean background. Textures, bold fabric designs, and contemporary styled focal-point metal beds and complementary furnishings, set the scene here. White is particularly useful as a base colour in smaller bedrooms or those that lack natural light, and as with those other slightly bolder neutral counterparts, it offers a blank sheet of canvas for brightly coloured, high gloss or steely finished furnishings, to evoke the definitive flavour of post-war décor flair.