Mad Men: Interior Inspiration

mad-men-setEver since the very first episode was aired, Mad Men has inspired everything from fashion to interior design with its lavish and beautiful set design. Although set in 1960’s New York, there are plenty of ways to make those rich colors, striking patterns and teak furniture work for your own home.

Here are the key elements that are staples of the Mad Men offices and homes:

Color
While colors do become brighter in season 6 as the 1960’s draws to a close, there is a theme of rich, deep jewel tones and autumnal shades throughout all episodes of the show. Burnt orange, golden yellows and browns, maroon and purples can be seen in both the home and office, and could work wonderfully to cozy up your home for Autumn/Winter 2013.

Pattern
Great pattern reigns supreme throughout the seasons in Mad Men. The elegant zebra print walls in a sumptuous dining room where Don and Rachel Menken eat could so easily be tacky, but a small quantity of the wallpaper combined with understated ivory and chocolate browns work perfectly.

The Draper’s home is much more cutesy and traditional than the slick and stylish offices. I love the plaid pattern wallpaper of the kitchen, cheerily combined with a fresh blue-green paint. If you want to go for a 1960s look without the slick Danish style of the Sterling Cooper offices, Betty’s homely look could be just the inspiration you need.

By season 6 we see the more brash and psychedelic patterns come in, with a wall of Ted’s office papered in this fashion. This is quite a bold and over-the-top look for a modern home, but the addition of a vase, lamp shade or rug in a fun retro pattern could brighten up your home nicely.

Futuristic
Some very 1960’s, futuristic style furniture starts to creep in by season 4, most notably in the office space Roger’s young wife Jane designed for him. While this look would probably be a little laughable in a home or office today, a Saarinen-style dining table and chairs can still work and look fresh for the home. Mix it up with more eclectic and modern-day additions, such as up-cycled pieces and bright ornaments.

Clean lines
The sofa styles in the offices are similar throughout all of the seasons; boxy with clean simple and stylish lines that will still look fresh and modern in a home or office today. They are inspired mainly by Danish designers of the 1960’s, such as Jydsk Mobelvaerk.

While the Mad Men versions are covered by fabrics like boucle which are very of the time, you could take inspiration yet modernise with a sofa in a similar style in leather or simple cotton.

Emily Bradbury is writing on behalf of Antiques to Vintage, a great new concept bringing antiques dealers and buyers from all over the world together in one place.

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Ideas and Inspiration: Another Lakeside Resource

Ideas-InspirationAt Lakeside, you’ll find more than just products; you’ll also discover new ways to decorate, do it yourself, and design with our Ideas and Inspiration section. Our blog is a great resource, but with Ideas and Inspiration, you get an in-depth look at a phenomenal assortment of tips and suggestions. Learn everything from how to throw the perfect party to designer decorating secrets with our collection of insightful articles.

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For families, the Ideas and Inspiration section gives you dozens of ways to have more free time, teach kids new skills and encourage creativity with arts and crafts. Find out how to involve kids in the kitchen, choose the coolest toys and pick activities that engage every child from toddlers to tweens. Each article goes into detail and gives you inspirations to spark your own creativity. Let this selection of feature articles be your secret weapon against boredom, and be that cool mom or dad who always seems to have something fun for the neighborhood kids to do. With Ideas and Inspiration, you’ll have countless ways to get kids involved in fun projects and educational activities.

Turning a House into a Home

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Our Ideas and Inspirations is a reference with a difference: We give you tips and hints you can use now and organize them in ways that make them easy to implement. Each article is divided into sections that make lists, guides and how-to articles easy to follow. When you’re repainting your bedroom or baking decorator cupcakes, you don’t have your hands free to flip through lengthy guides, so we’ve made everything available at a glance. These articles are just your jumping-off point; they’re there to spark your own creative genius and let you act on it right away, not limit you with a laundry list of steps.

Fuel your creativity with our Ideas and Inspiration section and see where it takes you today!