Anyone who’s ever shopped for home decor on the Internet knows that the mid-century modern design style reigns supreme. 

As experts in the window shade industry, we’re strong advocates of selecting a style of shade that serves the functional needs of your space, while fitting in with your personal style. 

Below, we’ll discuss the mid-century modern design style, and our recommendations for the shades we think complement the characteristics it brings to your home. Let’s dive in. 

What is Mid-Century Modern Style?

The mid-century modern design movement originated in the mid-20th century, and was popular from the 1940s to the 1960s before making a resurgence in the present day. This design style is typically characterized by clean lines, minimalism, functionality, and an emphasis on bringing the outdoors in. 

We tend to view mid-century modern style as nature-heavy, simple, and evoking a sense of calm. In the home, this might take the form of furniture made from natural materials, such as wood or leather, organic shapes, and a natural color palette. 

Styles of Shade We Recommend For Mid-Century Modern Homes 

As the mid-century modern design style emphasizes form over function, we recommend choosing a style of shade that complements this principle– while meeting your needs when it comes to everyday functionality, of course! 

Roller Shades

With their minimalist design, Roller Shades incorporate the functionality and simplicity highlighted by mid-century modern design. Their streamlined appearance aligns perfectly with the movement’s minimalist aesthetic, offering a clean look that will pair well with the rest of your interior. 

Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are distinguished by their unique honeycomb-like construction known for its insulating properties. 

This “cellular” design traps air in distinct pockets, creating a barrier against heat loss in the winter and heat gain in summer. We think this feature embodies mid-century modern’s  forward-thinking approach to design that often emulates shapes found in nature, as well as top-notch functionality. 

Tips for Selecting the Right Style of Shade for Mid-Century Modern Homes

Color and Material

In keeping with your home’s mid-century style and color palette, it’s important to select the right color and material for your shades to create cohesive design throughout your space. 

We recommend choosing earthy, natural tones that reflect the era’s color palette and nod to mid-century design without overwhelming your space. 

Focus on Fit 

As shade experts, there’s nothing more important to us than making sure your shades are the perfect fit for your windows. Besides the streamlined, natural appearance of shades that fit well, the perfect fit also translates to optimal performance on a day-to-day basis.  

So, before pressing “add to cart,” we recommend checking out our tips on measuring for window shades. Better yet, give our team of experts a call with any questions or concerns that come up while measuring. 

The team at EcoSmart Shades are fans of the simplicity and functionality that mid-century modern design brings to the home. If you choose to incorporate the design style into your space, we want to make sure that your shades are a functional addition. Be sure to check out our full collection of roller and cellular shades. With any questions about customizing your shades, get in touch with our team of experts.