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Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:35 am, Mon Jul 28, 2014.

(Family Features) Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty-year span when design was sleek, elegant and functional. Although the style originated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resurfaced with a fresh revival. 

Retro colors and simplistic styles are just the beginning when it comes to transforming a home into a sophisticated, mid-century modern residence. Here are some easy, yet impactful upgrades you can do at home:

Unexpected Inspiration

Sleek lines and geometric shapes are hallmarks of the mid-century movement. These form the foundation for the newest Brizo bath collection which leverages a number of influences including a 1950s airliner and automobile tail fins, making it a perfect staple for starting an interior design bathroom transformation.

"It's obvious the inspiration for the Sotria collection stems from the sleek, streamlined aesthetic of an airplane, but it's about something bigger than that, too," says Celine Garland, industrial designer for Brizo products. "The collection was inspired by the optimism of mid-century America. We took the spirit of the 1950s and reimagined it in a way that's both a nod to the past and a celebration of the present."

This signature piece takes modernization to the next level with the option of a closed or channel spout, creating a multi-sensory experience which offers an elegant, beautiful water flow.

Simplistic Furniture

Furniture from this era is characterized by clean, straight lines which play up the natural beauty of the design. Pieces that are stripped down to a simple form often speak louder than those with excess detailing. Simplistic kitchen chairs or cabinets with wood detailing in the living room are perfect ways to play up this modern design theme in your home.

Looking for one piece of iconic furniture to make a statement? Find an impressive Eames lounge chair featuring a wood and leather combination to act as the focal point for a sitting room or bedroom.

Vibrant Texture

Mid-century modern design showcases quality pieces of furniture or accessories rather than décor on the walls. White or neutral color palettes are typical on the walls, but your space comes to life with accessories, bright colors, various patterns and textures.

Opt for lamps with curved bases paired with narrow lampshades, accent pillows that tout bright orange and geometric shapes, or retro art to add mid-century modern personality throughout the home.

Whether the dining room features a gold bar cart stacked with your favorite beverages or the kitchen shines with a unique, vintage light fixture - blending designs from the past into a modern home will result in a personalized, sophisticated style that is sure to satisfy your design cravings and impress guests for years to come. For more ideas on updating your home, visit www.brizo.com.

Photos courtesy of Adele Young, VDL Interiors

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