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Un­ex­pected In­spi­ra­tion

Sim­plis­tic Fur­ni­ture

Mid­cen­tury mod­ern in­spi­ra­tion draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty­year span when de­sign was sleek, el­e­gant and func­tional. Although the style orig­i­nated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resur­faced with a fresh re­vival. Retro col­ors and sim­plis­tic styles are just the be­gin­ning when it comes to trans­form­ing a home into a so­phis­ti­cated, mid­cen­tury mod­ern res­i­dence. Here are some easy, yet im­pact­ful up­grades you can do at home: Sleek lines and geo­met­ric shapes are hall­marks of the mid­cen­tury move­ment. Th­ese form the foun­da­tion for the new­est Brizo bath col­lec­tion which lever­ages a num­ber of in­flu­ences in­clud­ing a 1950s air­liner and au­to­mo­bile tail fins, mak­ing it a per­fect sta­ple for start­ing an in­te­rior de­sign bath­room trans­for­ma­tion. “It’s ob­vi­ous the in­spi­ra­tion for the So­tria col­lec­tion stems from the sleek, stream­lined aes­thetic of an air­plane, but it’s about some­thing big­ger than that, too,” says Ce­line Gar­land, in­dus­trial de­signer for Brizo prod­ucts. “The col­lec­tion was in­spired by the op­ti­mism of mid­cen­tury Amer­ica. We took the spirit of the 1950s and reimag­ined it in a way that’s both a nod to the past and a cel­e­bra­tion of the present.” This sig­na­ture piece takes mod­ern­iza­tion to the next level with the op­tion of a closed or chan­nel spout, cre­at­ing a multi­sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence which of­fers an el­e­gant, beau­ti­ful wa­ter flow. Fur­ni­ture from this era is char­ac­ter­ized by clean, straight lines which play up the nat­u­ral beauty of the de­sign. Pieces that are stripped down to a sim­ple form of­ten speak louder than those with ex­cess de­tail­ing. Sim­plis­tic kitchen chairs or cab­i­nets with wood de­tail­ing in the liv­ing room are per­fect ways to play up this mod­ern de­sign theme in your home. Look­ing for one piece of iconic fur­ni­ture to make a state­ment? Find an im­pres­sive Eames lounge chair fea­tur­ing a wood and leather com­bi­na­tion to act as the fo­cal point for a sit­ting room or bed­room.

Vi­brant Tex­ture

Mid­cen­tury mod­ern de­sign showcases qual­ity pieces of fur­ni­ture or ac­ces­sories rather than dé­cor on the walls. White or neu­tral color pal­ettes are typ­i­cal on the walls, but your space comes to life with ac­ces­sories, bright col­ors, var­i­ous pat­terns and tex­tures. Opt for lamps with curved bases paired with nar­row lamp­shades, ac­cent pillows that tout bright orange and geo­met­ric shapes, or retro art to add mid­cen­tury mod­ern per­son­al­ity through­out the home. Whether the din­ing room fea­tures a gold bar cart stacked with your fa­vorite bev­er­ages or the kitchen shines with a unique, vin­tage light fix­ture – blend­ing de­signs from the past into a mod­ern home will re­sult in a per­son­al­ized, so­phis­ti­cated style that is sure to sat­isfy your de­sign crav­ings and im­press guests for years to come.

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