Mid century modern furniture in a victorian house – how to get it right

mid century dining set in swedish cottage
image: The Vintage Cabin


I often get people telling me:”I love mid century furniture but it doesn’t suit our older style house. I disagree with that. I believe that the clean, simple design of mid century furniture suits most properties, whatever the age of the house and no matter whether you live in the city or countryside.
If you happen to live in an old house with lots of character, a minimalist, understated piece of furniture would create a nice contrast and compliment the features of the house rather than compete with it. Likewise, a Victorian property with high ceilings and large bay windows forms a perfect back drop to show off the clean lines of a mid century modern armchair, sofa or sideboard. So if you recognise yourself in that quote above, please don’t feel you have compromise on style, just because you think a country cottage doesn’t go with a sleek teak sideboard. Think outside the box! Be brave and mix it up, you might surprise yourself.

mid century modern furniture in victorian house

This beautiful Victorian apartment in Manchester features many mid century modern pieces, which look fabulous combined with the high ceilings and architectural features. A nice combination form the minimalist teak wall unit, the heritage colour green, herringbone floor and the oversized drapes. Very stylish. Image via Seeds and Stitches

mid century armchair and bookcase in georgian house

This bright Georgian house in Islington, London with its old shutters, decorative ceiling and original fireplace, gives a nice contrast with the 1950s design of the armchair and bookcase. Great little pop colour of the standard lamp too. Image via Design Milk

orange retro lamp above a mid century dining table in cottage
I love this little dining room with the old floor boards, bright orange retro pendant light and mid century dining set. This would look great in any country cottage. Image via Desire to Inspire

Small danish teak mid century sideboard in swedish house
If you live in a small cottage, apartment or your living room just isn’t very big, try finding a smaller mid century sideboard. Keep the room light and bright and combine it with  some vintage finds and a statement armchair for an eclectic, scandi look. Image via Desire to Inspire

For more ideas on how to create a beautiful interior using mid century modern furniture, have a look on Nina’s Apartment’s Pinterest Board.

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