Using a simplistic backdrop and collecting as you go, decide what colours work for you and your home; intermingle carefully considered present-day pieces with whatever iconic items or design classics you manage to snap up or acquire, blending in with or adding to those pieces you already own. The beauty of mid-century is that nearly all families will already have some pieces - be it a kitchen table or an ercol chair; a pair of hand-me-down curtains or a mid-century vase; a glorious lampshade or a teak coffee table. And not forgetting, of course, those kitsch elements no-one else thought to lay claim to, but which in your hands will look astonishingly effective when judiciously positioned in your mid-century style home. So a good rummage 'back home' may result in a few useful additions to your collection or in the rediscovery of treasured childhood things you had almost forgotten about.
With a bit of patience, a discerning eye, and a little resourcefulness and creative thinking, mid-century modern on a shoestring budget should be not only do-able but positively enjoyable.
Whilst a typical mid-century modern backdrop (e.g. plain white walls with a contrasting wall) might be used as a starting point along with a few pieces of teak or Danish-style furniture to establish an authentic look, the finishing touches can be very much your own; this will possibly be the most enjoyable part and can evolve with you and be continually added to.
Between stylish 1950s fabrics and daring 1970s florals, mid-century ceramics, glassware and other collectables, you will have great fun searching and choosing; add into the mix the enormous choice now offered by contemporary artists who have embraced mid-century or mid-century modern style, and you will be spoilt for choice. Perhaps you yourself have skills in this area: in which case, you may be able to knock up a painting in a mid-century style, or make your own cushions out of 1950s fabric remnants; perhaps you are just good at getting up at the crack of dawn to ensure first dibs at car boot sale bargains. Whatever your particular skill, make full use of it!
See our Room Ideas pages for ideas on how to go about it
The fun you will have will be in subtly
personalizing your space and finding
your mid-century modern!