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Retro refined.

While defining the exact time period for mid-century modern design is subject to debate (roughly the early 1940s to the mid 1960s), no one can argue against its current popularity.


In our complex, high-tech world, it's easy to seee why the nostalgic, clean lines and minimalist aesthetics of mid-century design are so appealing. Even better, once you understand the basics, it's not difficult to bring this stylish look into your home.

In mid-century modern design, less is more.

Less is more.

Minimalism plays a key role in mid-century design - as exemplified by this watch. Everything from the band, to the face and hands, reflects clean simplicity. For your home, consider de-cluttering and including only the most basic essentials.

The mid-century modern color palette.

A pop of color.

The mid-century color palette generally utilizes a neutral base, such as dark brown, contrasted by a vibrant pop of pastel or bright citrus. It's the perfect style for people who prefer subtle but eye-catching flourishes in their rooms.

The Barcelona Chair is a brilliant example of mid-century modern contours and angles.

Contours and angles.

The "Barcelona Chair" by famed architect Ludwig Miles van der Rohe is a brilliant example of the smooth contours, sharp angles and seamless steel construction this period of design is noted for. Consider echoing the clean lines and stainless steel finishes in your home's fixtures.

Bring it all  home.

With the basic aesthetics in mind, here are a few simple things you can do to start incorporating a mid-century look into your current decor.
How to get the mid-century modern look in your home.

1 Accentuate your room.


Mid-century accents are defined by a wide range of designs - anything from abstract patterns to the geometric shapes seen on this pillow. When used sparingly, these bold additions perfectly complement the era's clean aesthetic. These accents can easily be incorporated through fabrics and artwork.

Add a bold mid-century modern pattern.

2Pair with parquet.


Often referred to as "fingerblock flooring," parquet floors were commonly used in dining rooms and kitchens in the 1950s and 60s. They perfectly embody several of the main features of mid-century design including the use of geometric patterns, rich brown colors and natural materials.

Embrace parquet flooring.

3Complete the look.


Although there are several specific elements that make up a mid-century look, there is no shortage of ways to combine those elements to create the perfect trim and knob/lever pairing. Especially when you consider sophisticated finishes like bright chrome, polished nickel or matte black. Here are a few of our favorites.

Complete the look with mid-century modern door hardware.
Bowery mid-century modern door knob.

Bowery knob


The Bowery's smart style stems from its clean lines, which were specially crafted to fit in someone's hand. Pair it with our Greyson trim for a chic metropolitan look.



Broadway mid-century modern door lever.

Broadway lever


Influenced by the urban style found in large metropolitan cities, the Broadway lever features a tubular design that offers a tastefully reserved, yet high-style look.



Northbrook mid-century modern door lever.

Northbrook lever


The Northbrook's inventive transition from square handle to round shank illustrates a fresh interpretation of true Bauhaus design.



Latitude mid-century modern door lever.

Latitude lever


The most simplistic design in our entire product offering, the Latitude lever is a true nod to modern, minimalist design.