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Mid-Century Modern Architecture — Incorporating this timeless trend into your Dallas area home
Inspiration: A Gorgeous Addition on a Mid-Century Modern Dallas Home
When dreaming up your ideal living space, it’s easy to focus on the “here and now” of architecture and design, and forget what came before. But you might not realize that a lot of what informs contemporary home trends — like open-concept rooms and the use of glass to define a space — gets its roots in the past. These themes in particular are informed by the Mid-Century Modern movement, which became popular in the 1950s and has hallmarked itself as a timeless tradition ever since. At Hatfield Builders, we love when a homeowner seeks out these gorgeous, inviting touches when planning or renovating their Dallas dream home.
We recently had the pleasure of taking on an addition project in Dallas, TX seeking inspiration from the property’s incredible views of the Dallas skyline and nearby White Rock Lake. The home, built in 1953 at the dawn of the Mid-Century Modern architectural period, had great bones. The current owners needed to expand the living space to create more play, entertainment, and family living areas for themselves and their young kids to enjoy, and the Hatfield team was up for the challenge.
Heavily informed by the period in which the house was built, we set out to create a charming, luxurious home addition that was highly designed but still feels comfortable and inviting. Just like the 1950’s era itself, which was so focused on family values, this Mid-Century Modern addition had to feel warm yet stylish. We added a second-story addition that overlooks the lawn and allows ample viewing of those gorgeous Dallas views. Utilizing Aalto iron rectangular balusters on the new staircase and sleek pendant lighting by Elk, we were able to bring contemporary pieces into the space.
The new upstairs is loft-like in feel with floor-to-ceiling windows and a wood-planked ceiling. We also added recessed lighting inside and on the deck for that Mid-Century Modern look. Outside, we created an expansive wrap-around deck perfect for relaxing in the evenings with an after-dinner drink to take in the Dallas views. The space also serves as an important family hang-out spot for year-round book-reading and board game-playing as well as dining al fresco while the sun sets over White Rock Lake. Very 50’s, too, is the built-in bar with refrigerator eliminating the need to run down to the kitchen for refreshments.
Inside, the family’s living space is expanded by a chic powder bath, two large bedrooms for the children that give the open-concept feel of the era, and an adjoining bathroom and playroom for them to call their own. Throughout the addition, clean lines and lots of natural light strung the concept together, making this contemporary take on a Mid-Century Modern update the perfect choice for the family and the home. Check out the details and see photos of this project’s interior and exterior for more inspiration.
Application: Infusing Your Space with Mid-Century Modern Design
Considering bringing some of that Mid-Century Modern feel into your home, but not sure about a full-on renovation? This timeless tradition in architecture and design can be seen all over.
We renovated a 1969 Richardson, TX home creating Mid-Century Modern perfection in their living area. The main plan of action was to open up the space by taking down the wall between the living and dining rooms and as well as a half-wall in the entryway. We then added recessed lighting (an update that looks amazing in most homes, no matter the era!) and removed the heavy stone of the fireplace in favor of a classic, contemporary brick. Light-hued hardwood flooring was the final touch on this area to brighten up the space. Check out the photos of the project for more ideas on how to add this look to your home.
Sometimes, getting the Mid-Century Modern look into your home is as easy as bringing in new furniture to freshen up the space. Right now, we are loving the use of chairs with a classic 1950’s look, like these from West Elm. If your space is mostly monochromatic or neutral, consider bringing in a bolder color or even a pattern. If you already have a ton of color interest in the room, a sleek neutral will do the trick. These leather ones also hit the perfect note.
Accessorize your living area with Mid-Century Modern inspired pieces to bring the look full-circle. A geometric clock like this one from Houzz is a gorgeous choice and will blend easily with your decor, even if you haven’t renovated the space to fit the theme yet. Jonathan Adler is another designer whose pieces display a heavy Mid-Century Modern influence. Even a throw pillow or two from this chic collection can bring this timeless look into your Dallas home.
If you are considering a remodel to your Mid-Century Modern or want to add that style into your home, our experienced Plano Home Design team is ready! Give us a call at 214-281-8800 or request a consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
701 East Plano Pkwy, Suite 400
Plano, TX 75074
- 1Initial Meetings
- 2Space Measurement
- 3Project Selection Meeting
- 4Design Package Review
- 5Initial Budget Review
- 6Selection Finalization
- 7Construction Agreement & Deposit
- 8Pre-Construction Hand-Off Meeting
- 9Start of Construction
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