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Littman Bros |  May 26, 2015

Achieving a Mad Men Theme in Your Home

We here at Littman Brothers are obsessed with the AMC hit, Mad Men!  While excited and devastated at the series finale, we feel it is our duty to honor the fantastic show by highlighting its iconic, rich, retro style.  Throughout the seven seasons, Mad Men has elevated the 60’s look into a desirable style fit for today’s modern homes.  The interior design maintains its gorgeous theme by mixing classic 60’s vintage elements with modern ideologies and lighting.   Mad Men characters consistently designs their homes with sharp-lined couches, burnt orange furniture, rounded light fixtures and geometric patterns commonly seen in vintage collections.  The show plays with lines, lights and textures to create the rich Manhattan style of the Sterling Cooper Office to the classic homemaker feel of the Draper home.  We see below the variety of offices within Sterling Cooper, featuring wooden paneled walls and a playful balance of color.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015.  Television.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015. Television.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015.  Television.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015. Television.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015.  Television.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015. Television.

Note how the light fixtures add a level of fun to each room.   Additionally a few furniture pieces add a pop of color and life into each office, such as the orange client chairs in Don Drapers office, or the green sharp couches featured in Roger’s office lounge.  The rooms play with lines and angles, from the wall panel lines, to the straight and sharp décor.

One of the most iconic offices in Mad Men is the revamped office of Roger Sterling, featuring a striking black and white color scheme.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015.  Television.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015. Television.

The retro theme punches through with isolated, overly-modern, Saarinen style furniture, highlighted by the white tulip desk and Nesso lamp.   The 60’s feel is accented by the extremely bold, modern black dot paintings.  The green and burnt orange throw pillows featured on the couch are another example of the show creators playing with the modern and retro theme.  The retro Mad Men theme is highlighted in the office, where we see Don spend most of his time, but the style also follows Mr. Draper’s home, in both his quintessential upstate home with Betty Draper and (SPOILERS!!) his gorgeous Manhattan apartment.

Don Draper’s Manhattan apartment continues the mix of retro and modern by contrasting a neutral palate with pops of color and fun décor.  Note how the neutral palate naturally draws the eye across the room, with the help of both the wooden walls and the sharp brown L-shaped couch, forcing the eye to look at the entirety of the room.  The curtains featured on the back wall help bring the eye across the room, but still add a little flavor with a bold geometric pattern.  Again, we see the designers having fun with light fixtures such as the blue pendant lamp near the bar.  The black leather recliner adds a bit of modern into this very retro abode, with its isolating design.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015.  Television.

Mad Men. AMC. July 2007-May 2015. Television.

We here at Littman Brother’s think the Mad Men’s style is both desirable and achievable in today’s modern homes, by boldly mixing retro, neutral and modern elements.  Mad Men achieves this by taking themes to an extreme level, such as Roger’s black and white office or Don’s heavy neutral apartment, then adding classic sixties décor.   Any room can time travel back to the sixties with the right décor, such as a funky light fixture or bold curtains and artwork.  By playing with colors, lines and shapes, one can easily and classily transform their home into a retro palace, complete with an Old Fashion or Martini.