Midcentury modern styles have been regaining popularity over the last decade. The minimalistic retro style looks beautiful in today’s modern homes. When you’re looking for midcentury modern door hardware in Colorado, there are a few design elements to keep in mind. Read on to learn more about the midcentury style and how to find the right hardware for your cabinets, doors and more.
How to capture a midcentury modern style
The definition of “midcentury modern” is debatable, but it typically spans the American era from 1933 to 1965. The style developed during the modernist movement and was particularly popular in the 1950s. If you’ve ever longed for a vintage Eames lounge or an Arne Jacobsen egg chair, you’re already familiar with some of the style’s hallmarks: clean, simple lines, sharp angles and elegant curves. The TV series Mad Men revived interest in the style once more, as simple, clean shapes with kitschy colors dominated the early seasons.
When you’re translating the style to your own home, think sleek shapes and solid colors. Midcentury modern accents look particularly good in open-plan spaces, with minimalistic décor.
- Taper: Taper pulls look like solid cylinders pinched in at the bottom. They can also come in an angular hourglass shape, which looks particularly striking.
- Dish: Dish styles are usually flat and round, with a gentle dip in the middle. Some dish styles are elongated at the bottom, but still feature the cup shape on the face of the knob.
- Faceted: You can get faceted knobs in glass, Lucite and metal. Again, look for something simple, with a few bold facets rather than fussy Victorian-style décor. Asymmetrical facets add a particularly modern touch.
- Cylinder: Cylindrical knobs with pieces “carved” out of the sides offer both grip and stylish functionality.
- Edge pull: Edge pulls install over the top of a drawer or door, allowing you to hook your fingers under the edge to open the cabinet.
- Bar: Bar pulls are perennially popular. Look for an elongated metal or glass style to enhance the lines of your cabinetry and doors.
- Arch: Arches are similar to bar pulls, but with long curves. Alternatively, you can get arch pulls that look like a circle cut in half—these look great on pairs of cabinet doors, where each of the doors open in opposite directions.
- Wood: Finally, wood pulls look great in midcentury homes—just pair them with a glossy colored cabinet or drawer to enhance the contrast.
Since midcentury modern styles are simple and sleek, they’ll continue to look great in homes for years to come. Ever since the style came back in the mid-1990s, it’s never really gone away—and it’s been even more coveted over the last decade.
If you can’t afford an entire remodel, choosing door hardware for your midcentury modern Colorado home is a great way to update its look. Take advantage of the large selection at Custom Door Hardware today. Stop by or call to find out what kind of midcentury styles we have in stock.