What is the Las Vegas design aesthetic? Is it Palatial-Italian style homes with glitzy chandeliers and metallic wallpaper, floating patios, and infinity pools that run in and out of the house? Sure, that kind of jackpot glamour is part of the architectural landscape. But Las Vegas also has a cool, retro vibe that screams Frank and Dino, a Rat Pack panache that’s perfect for a hip home and homeowners who want to customize and create the ultimate entertainment center.
The King of Cool
Mid-century modern is the ultimate King of Cool design style. It’s simple and timeless, emphasizes functionality over form (form follows function, as the saying goes), and features clean lines, warm woods, sleek shapes, and retro patterns. While Mad Men and Don Draper reintroduced and popularized the design trend in America, the Rat Pack lived it.
Outfitting your home with an original Mid-century piece of furniture by one of the design’s greats – Charles and Ray Eames or Milo Baughman – is probably out of the question (unless you hit that Vegas jackpot), but recreating the designers’ vintage look is not. Consider a leather and chrome sofa, spindle-back chairs, curvy cocktail tables, driftwood and glass coffee table, and complete the look with a custom-designed media console.
No Las Vegas entertainment center is complete without a retro color palette. That’s right. This type of entertainment center has nothing in common with the average mancave, so say goodbye to the old beer signs, sports memorabilia, and that giant foam finger you’ve hung on the wall as “Tailgate Art,” and say amore to vintage colors such as mint, yellow, pink, and gray as a hot neutral. While many Mid-century design hues gravitate towards vibrant, jazzy colors (citrus tones, wasabi, pops of red), mellow neutrals are also an option.
Attention to Materials
Mid-century modern takes its cue from nature, and most of the best pieces, whether it’s a TV stand or a customized console for your vinyl collection, feature an organic element. Metal, glass, and leather are popular materials. At the same time, materials such as Plexiglass and Lucite are also commonly used, and the juxtaposition of contrasting materials is a hallmark feature of Mid-century modern design. Nevertheless, minimal ornamentation and an understated look is the driving force behind the Mid-century modern aesthetic.
If you want your entertainment center to have all the retro, Rat Pack glamour of old Las Vegas, check out Closet & Storage Nevada and schedule a free, in-home consultation with one of the design experts.
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