Californians love their single level ranch style home. In fact, we are embracing this more than ever as Mid Century Modern continues its resurgence. Maybe you already own one or want to bring that MCM vibe to your own space. Mid Century Modern homes embraced many eras and decades. You can mix the comforts and trends of today with the cool factor of the ’50s and ’60s without losing character. When you think of the history of your home, keep in mind a space evolves and contains the furnishings and accessories of a lifetime, not just a decade frozen in time.
Use colors and tones that evoke a rich and warm palette with accents of colors like lime green, orange and pink. Replace carpet with hardwood, rough stone, or large porcelain tile, even breaking up the standard living/dining room area with a curved hard surface walkway.
When it comes to furnishings, use a few large pieces that make the rooms look bigger and more
important. Think texture in upholstered pieces; throw in an accent chair covered in rich velvet and you will end up with a room that looks sophisticated, modern and very architectural. Discard heavy draperies for roller shades and wood blinds. Keep it all you and don’t follow the pack. The look should be authentic yet not look cliché.
Kitchens and bathrooms need to be minimal and functional. Less is really more when renovating your classic MCM house. It’s all about the materials – think glass tiles and slick, low counters. Polished surfaces shine and reflect light.
Embrace the mid-century aura of your home and be proud of what it represents – a time and place that can never be replaced but can be your take on a classic architectural residence.
To learn more check out the vast inventory of coffee table books, videos and blogs dedicated to the style. Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area are filled with houses built between 1945 and 1975. There are still some great bargains out there and even a few untouched by time; time capsules where there is so much to be learned.