Mad Men Decor and Inspired Mid Century Interiors
One of the hottest design trends right now is the resurgence of the mid-century modern / vintage aesthetic. You can see this design style just about anywhere you look these days, but most notably it’s been a scene-stealer on the popular TV miniseries, Mad Men.
Vintage & Mid-century pieces are appealing because they have a degree of visual and functional truth (they are both functional and pleasing to the eye) that makes people want to live with them.
Being a recent convert to the Mad Men craze, I thought I would take a closer look at the exceptional mid-century modern décor featured on the show and figure out how to incorporate the vibe of mid century modern aesthetic with the current style trend of using vintage rugs.
The production design team of Mad Men did not opt for the obvious decor and furnishing choices that we now think of as iconic to the 1960’s. Instead, they choose to incorporate pieces that are older and mix them in with modernist pieces of the time. This same principle works for us today when trying to mix our already established décor with the mid-century modern aesthetic.
What is great about the mid-century style is the clean lines and graphic features. These match beautifully with the bold features and colors of the vintage rugs that are so popular today. If you take a look at some of the scenes from Mad Men, its almost as if the rooms need a rug for a finishing touch.
The interior scene below is of Betty and Don Draper’s living room in their marital home. The sectionals are classic 1960’s with a bit of colonial revival style thrown into the mix.
If you were to replace the coffee table with a teak mid-century Danish one and swap out the brown carpet for the vintage Swedish one shown below the room would instantly feel more modern and more inviting, in my opinion.
Don Draper’s apartment with his second wife is like a mod dream with white carpet, grass cloth walls and a period-perfect sunken living room. I really love the pop of colors on the couch, but again, I would swap the couch out for something updated and change the floors to hardwood and place a rug in the center of the room in order to bring the room together.
This mid-century vintage Moroccan rug would be perfect as it already features the pops of color from the decorative pillows on the couch. A flat screen TV, along with lamps that have more of an updated edge and a Moroccan hanging lamp would make the room more relevant to current décor trends.