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How to Incorporate Mid Century Modern Art into Your Home Decor

I love the look of the clean, simple lines of Midcentury design! Incorporating great Midcentury Modern furniture into your home decor is pretty straight forward but incorporating Midcentury wall art is a little trickieryou dont want your home to look like a page out of 1955 catalog.

Example of Mid Century Modern Design from old Catalog

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How can you use midcentury modern art without looking too kitschy?

It is possible to use Midcentury wall art and look fresh and current! The number one rule to follow is to keep your touches of Midcentury art minimal. Unless you want to show off a collection you have amassed, limit the amount of Midcentury inspired wall art to one or two pieces per room. But what pieces will look good in your 21st century home? Here are some ideas

Vintage Midcentury Modern Art

Scour the flea markets and thrift stores and find some actual vintage Mid Century Modern pieces (not just modern reproductions). Reproductions can be great, but there is a uniqueness that can only be captured in a truly vintage piece. Vintage finds often use color combinations or textiles that are vastly different than our modern interpretations.

Example of Vintage Mid Century Modern Art

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Nature Inspired Mid Century Modern Wall Art

One of the defining characteristic of Mid-Century Modern design is integration with nature. (Source) By focusing more on the natural elements of mid-century design and less on the modern amoeba shapes that have become almost caricatures of the style, you will present a more contemporary, and less overdone, version of midcentury modern. I love the gorgeous driftwood inspired pieces in this fabulous living room!

Great contemporary living room that showcases Mid Century Modern elements and nature inspired art.

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Modern Art Played a Big Role in Mid Century Design

The rich textures and organic shapes of abstract modern art, made it a cornerstone of the Mid-Century Modern style.

Modern Art played an important role in Mid-Century Modern Design.

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Vintage Commercial Art Posters Make for Great Mid-Century Modern Art

Nothing combines the era of Mad Men and Mid Century design quite as well as a vintage commercial art poster. These works of art were created to advertise everything from mineral water to exotic vacations. The vibrant colors and minimalist design make them great pieces of art to showcase in your home.

Commercial Art Posters are a great way to bring Mid Century Modern style into your home.

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Mid Century Modern Ceramics

During the heyday of the Midcentury Modern style, ceramics underwent a transformation. Everything from a humble teapot to a ceramic sculpture can be wonderful examples of Mid Century art. My favorite pieces of Mid Century ceramics incorporate the nature themes into their design. I love the simple modern lines of this ceramic bird.

Mid Century Modern Ceramics are often works of art.

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