Giving Mid Century Modern Mass Appeal

Mid century modern is still trending strong for buyers as we enter 2017.  But, how do you make it affordable (for staging) and attractive to all potential buyers? 

First, let's explore budget considerations.  We find many stylish mcm furniture pieces at discounted prices on craigslist.  Just type in key words such as mid century modern, mcm and names of mcm old and new furniture designers, manufacturers and merchants.  Some of our favorite key words are Saarinen, Bertoia, Knoll, West Elm, Room and Board and Ikea. 

Next, go shopping!  Check out the high end mid century modern style furniture stores in your area to get an idea of what they are displaying.  Now go to HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJMaxx or other discounted home furnishing stores and find similar items at a steep discount! 

Finally, draw in all buyers with a softening of the lines of the mcm pieces by adding more transitional furnishings, accessories and artwork.  For example, mid century modern pillows are typically few and feature graphic prints.  However, with lavish amounts of pillows with a larger variety of prints all buyers' attentions will be captured.  Adding clean lined furniture, such as the slipper chair in the photo below, that mixes well with the other mcm, engages buyers with a taste for traditional.  Don't forget to add the iconic bar cart, even if for no other reason than the sheer pleasure of outfitting it with all of the stylish bottles, glassware and gadgets available today!