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Let’s Talk about Midcentury Modern

Posted by Daltile Team on Mar 31, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Midcentury subway tile
Annapolis in Sail Gloss Bevel 6 x 16

If you haven’t already been mesmerized by Midcentury Modern, you’re about to be. The design, architecture, and furniture that pervaded interior design from the mid-1930s all the way through the 60s still lingers today. Though it has a fresh face now, Midcentury Modern design is big news.

In fact, a quick look at 2017 interior design trends shows that many of them have roots in Midcentury Modern: organic materials like wood and stone, natural finishes with plenty of texture, geometric patterns, natural light, open floor plans, bringing the outdoors in, bold color accents, clean lines . . . these define both the Midcentury trend and the hottest trends of 2017!

That means that you can incorporate Midcentury Modern into your design without breaking the style you already have going on. Here’s a look at how to add some Midcentury to your design.

Midcentury wood-look floors
Woodbridge in Spruce 4 x 28

Wood Everywhere

Clean-lined, natural colored wood-look tile is a great foundation for a Midcentury look. Steer clear of wood looks with heavy graining or a lot of contrast in color. Something like Woodbridge or Gaineswood are good options and feature several natural colors to choose from.

Woodbridge is a stellar choice for creating patterns like herringbone that look so upscale in Midcentury style. The four-inch plank is narrow enough to make the pattern without overwhelming the space, which is the last thing you want to do when you’re going for a clean-lined look.

Cool Glass

Glass tile is a favorite for Midcentury design. It looks especially sophisticated in linear patterns like Caprice or bling-y Crystal Shores. Endeavors is a great option for a black and white theme or a color palette in the beige range.

Think about putting it in an unexpected place like the fireplace surround or a moody feature wall. Clio is a nice glass mosaic that adds some busy interest to the space with a Midcentury flavor.

Midcentury mosaic
Clio in Selene on the fireplace with Season Wood in Snow Pine on the floor

Subway Tile

With origins in the midcentury, subway tile is right at home in any Modern design. Classic white is a solid choice, but contemporary influence on Midcentury Modern style allows you to have some fun creating variations on subway tile.

Try Rittenhouse Square for classic sizes in multiple colors and detail options. Modern Dimensions offers a larger size in the same subway tile proportions. Consider marble or another natural stone in a 3 x 6 for an upscale subway look.

Hex and Octagon

Like subway tile, the birth of hexagon and octagon tiles was in the midcentury. It was most often seen in 1 x 1 or 2 x 2 size but is now available in several variations that breathe new life into this trend.

Try six-inch limestone hexagons on the floor or wall or go with a mosaic for the floor or the wall that features a black and white theme: white hex with a black dot. Black and white is another huge Midcentury trend that you can achieve in many different ways from mosaics to planks and everything in between.

Urban Industrial

This is another contemporary trend that has its roots in the midcentury. Exposed brick and smooth cement looks are another hallmark of Midcentury Modern design.

An easy to install tile is a great way to replicate these looks today. Brickwork offers the authentic look of brick in classic sizes and colors for Midcentury design. Portfolio and Industrial Park have smooth concrete looks but offer the durability and moisture resistance of tile.

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Topics: Subway Tile, Mosaic, Trends, Design

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