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Mid-Century Modern Colors


Over the last few days we've been in the process of selecting colors for the interiors of the Fashion Square Car Wash project. While early interior renderings featured colors that were primarily placeholders, now that construction is underway, the time has come to make a final decision. Something that architects often like to avoid.

A Concept for the Colors

As is typical in our work, instead of just picking something that "looks good", we strive to find a deeper meaning or concept behind the design. Since the project is a remodel, we decided to let the original building and its history be our guide.

Mid Century Modern

Since the original modern steel structure was built sometime (we think) in the 1940's, we started to investigate what colors were common at the time the building was constructed. Off to google we went in search of mid century modern architecture colors. Interestingly enough, we found many great examples of popular mid-century color palettes. Two of our favorites are below, showing some of the possible options we are considering:

mid century modern architect colors

Eames fiberglass colors used in their ever popular furniture.

mid century design popular colorsSears vintage paints and stains. To learn more about these 1950s and 60s paint colors  from Sears’ classic Harmony House collection see this post / image credit: Retro Renovation.

Common Colors

We also actively searched Eichler homes and other mid-century modern examples. Many of the colors pallettes we found from this era contained our preferred colors. Although this is a small exercise in selecting color, we felt it was important enough to search for precedents behind these selections. The goal is not to copy mid-century modern design exactly as it was when constructed, but rather to understand the history and reinterpret these concepts for today's modern world.

We should have a decision on these colors in the next week and will post some renderings not long after.

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Where did you find these originals they are great I would love to get a copy myself as Computer monitors are never quite as exacting as having the original.
Posted @ Thursday, July 09, 2009 8:44 PM by Ian
I wish I could say we had the originals, but no, we found the images online.  
We did however find a mid-century modern sample chart at Sherwin Williams paint store that provides some specific paint colors.
Posted @ Friday, July 10, 2009 11:41 AM by Derek Leavitt
Thanks for the authentic resource. I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane. ~ Gracie
Posted @ Sunday, August 15, 2010 7:30 AM by Grace Wieber
What a great resource, bookmarked.
Posted @ Friday, December 31, 2010 3:53 PM by Vintage Looks
Totally agree, great resource! Will be studying these closely for spring painting projects and glaze color ideas.
Posted @ Friday, March 30, 2012 12:17 PM by ModCraft
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