After touring the lovely homes of Palm Springs in the sunny
desert of Southern California, I was amazed to see the refreshing array of
bright colors, straight-line architecture and large windows. I was intrigued to learn more of this
mid-century style and thought I would share with you some of the interesting
history that I heard.
It was around the time of 1960 when the new generation began to break away from the lingering traditions of England and other parts of the “Old Country”. The days of hierarchy, servants in the kitchen, crystal, china and silver were still around in the homes and began to be looked upon as a lifestyle that many didn’t want to indulge in anymore. The traditional styles of pinched-pleat draperies, crown molding and Queen Anne style furniture began to be abandoned to the past, as a new refreshing look to interior design and architecture began to emerge.
Times had changed quite a bit, as moms were desiring to
bring the whole family into the kitchen where they could be together and learn
to help. Separate kitchen rooms in the
back of the house began to be replaced by the “great room” concept – where the
kitchen was more central and open to the living area and where family and friends
felt more welcomed.
A more simplistic way of living was also a part of the new
times. The need for 2 or 3 sets of
dishes and silverware was replaced by a minimalistic view of needing only one
set of each. The fine detailed art of
soft roses on china was replaced with a variety of shapes, angles and sizes as
well as bright, bold, primary colors.
Yes—the 1960’s was no doubt a time of searching for more
answers to many things. Religion, politics, architecture and science were among
many of the questions that led to so much change in our nation. This all showed up in our music, dress,
architecture and interior design.
I feel as though it was a refreshing time in our history and
marks a great moment of change. Now – we
see Modernism beginning to come back around again. The same retro furniture and bright pops of color
with straight-lines is re-emerging in our industry again. Our “Millennials” are once again desiring
that minimalistic lifestyle and loving the change.
I encourage you to not fight it – but welcome it with open
arms as a concept that could really refresh your soul. There is something light, happy and uplifting
about the Mid-century Modern design that you might like!
Don’t be afraid to
venture into the land of MODERNISM –