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Style Secret: Simple Lines, Pure Forms
Midcentury interiors are all about organic style and ease of living, and that's reflected in their structure and trappings. Furnishings and floor plans are stripped down to their essential forms, with no excess detailing or unnecessary flourishes.
Make it yours: Put furnishings and objects with striking form on display by making them them centerpieces of an otherwise simple room. These George Nelson Coconut chairs create a quietly stunning focal point, offset by the pop-art wall they face.
Style Secret: Period Art and Accents
We know — that's a pretty broad umbrella. But the midcentury days were so rich with innovative and talented artists, from Hockney and Pollock to Calder and Lichtenstein, that you really have a lot of latitude. Their work reflected bold new territory in the art world, and it complements this groundbreaking style perfectly. Finish the room with classic midcentury accessories, such as an Eames Hang-It-All or a George Nelson clock.
Make it yours: If you happen to be sitting on a Warhol original, go pat yourself on the back and gloat. The other 99 percent of us can look for reproduction prints or browse sites such as Etsy and 20x200 for works that reflect the style of midcentury masters. Museum shops, both in person and online, are terrific sources for affordable art inspired by the greats.