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How to Add Mid Century Modern Sofas to your Home

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The period after World War II saw the emergence of mid century modern furniture design, the development of which continued until the mid 1960s. This period saw futuristic designers like George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, and others design innovative and novel furniture pieces. The minimalism, organic and geometric shapes, and clean, simple lines that characterize mid century modern furniture design have lead to the lasting popularity of the style. The sofas made in this style are particularly popular, as they are versatile enough to fit in existing spaces, yet express the sensibility of simpler times.

Shopping for Mid Century Modern Sofas

It is easy to get carried away in the excitement of shopping for something that you are passionate about. However, a typical mid century modern style sofa can be quite expensive, which is why it is advisable that you know exactly what you are looking for. A quick way to get started on the search is to measure the space you plan to put your new sofa in. Gather all the information you can from various sources and learn about the peculiarities and features of the sofas you are interested in.

Given the prevalence of knockoffs of vintage pieces, try to authenticate the furniture you are interested in before buying it. Factors that can help you identify a knockoff include manufacturer's label, age of the material, and wear and tear of the furniture. You might come across furniture pieces that require some form of restoration. Unless you know someone who can help you with high quality restoration, you should look for sofas in good shape.

Original vintage pieces made by famous designers are among the most sought after and expensive. Should a vintage original turn out to be beyond your budget, you can opt for a licensed reproduction of the piece. Keep in mind that pieces from licensed reproduction are different from knockoffs which should be avoided at all costs.

Buying Mid Century Modern Sofas Online

When buying online, do your research on the website you are buying from to prevent getting scammed. Look for customer reviews, payment processing options, and shipping methods of the website to get a good idea from whom you're purchasing from. Once you are sure of the authenticity, you can try looking for deal sweeteners such as package pricing for a living room grouping.
Getting the Mid Century Modern Look on a Budget

Most of us are on a budget and don't have a fortune to throw around buying antiques and vintage furniture. There are a few things that can be done to achieve the mid century modern look affordably within a budget.

1. Lay the Groundwork

Instead of achieving the mid century style by using only vintage furniture pieces, use affordable furniture pieces which are similar in style to mid century modern pieces. While these won't be exactly identical to the vintage pieces, they fit in just fine and more importantly, they are affordable.

2. Paint the Walls

Painting the walls with muted color and large rectangular shapes will complement the mid century look very well. To improve the look, you can use square cubbies that act like shadow boxes and frames on the walls. These cubbies can be filled with small vases or other decorative items.

3. Prepare the Floor

It is important to use a rug that complements the rest of the decor. The right rug or floor-work can bring the entire room to life. If you can't find a rug that goes with the decor, you could consider piecing together multiple remnants like tiles to create one large rug. Some pottery in solid colors would look artful and enhance the look of the room.

4. Use Some Artwork

Some mid century modern artwork would add a nice touch to the room. Get a few of these in identical sizes from a local thrift store or create your own, place them in wooden frames and hang them in a line on the wall.

By using the right furniture pieces, flooring, artwork and accessories, you can design your place with the mid century modern theme successfully within a budget. You can always personalize the design to your own taste by changing a few things in the design to make it exactly the way you want it.

These touches will make your mid century modern sofa look at right at home in your space.

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