Mid-Century design has always been one of my favourites, and it seems to be absolutely everywhere at the moment. I personally always prefer the real deal and shop around in charity shops and vintage stores for original 1950s pieces, but I do appreciate not everyone is so lucky in that department. Whether it's old or new mid-century design is a gorgeous addition to any home and there's a few pieces you just need.
S I D E B O A R D S
My first ever furniture buy was the sideboard pictured above; I found it for £20 and I've loved it every since. Mine makes a good alternative to a TV unit, but they're great in dining rooms and even bedrooms for a bit of a different storage solution. The charity shops are absolutely LITTERED with these things so it should be relatively easy to find one suitable for your home for under £50.
C H A I R S
I found my old 1950s chair last summer for a measly £17, and again it's one of my favourite ever buys. It's been reupholstered before I found it so I couldn't see any makers mark, but the design of the legs and arms is identical to vintage Ercol, so I'm hoping I've hit the jackpot! I wanted a chair like this for years, and it took me that long to find one, so unless you fancy splashing out a pretty penny online for a vintage one, there are some good alternative's new too.
Look out for legs - it's unlikely to find that much mid-century furniture not on some sort of legs, be they straight down, dansette style (the removable type seen on the planter above), splayed, or hairpin style.
T A B L E S
The easiest of them all to find, the amount of tables I have in my home is a little ridiculous. They come in so many shapes and sizes; kidney (above), cloud shaped, nests of a few, round, and plain rectangular ones. As I mentioned above they all have some form of leg, and more often than not come in teak or different types of wood, and there's so many to choose from for different areas of the home. I personally love having my kidney tables as a coffee table, especially being different heights, and this is such an easy look to recreate.
Keep your walls fairly neutral; in the 1950s and 1960s they wouldn't put too much colour on the walls, it would usually be white or a light pastel shade. This gives the furniture the opportunity to be the full focus point.
Are you a fan of mid century design? Do you have any pieces in your home?