Mid-century modern kitchen designs evolved after World War II, when the postwar housing boom called for an approach that was attainable on a mass scale. The style rose to prominence in the 1950’s and 60’s, these spaces being cozy and welcoming. Today mid-century modern style is definitely back, it’s the new black, and for good reason. This style is flexible and has a wide appeal that spans generations. Millennials appreciate the chic and cozy look, while older homeowners appreciate the style’s sense of nostalgia. Let’s take a look at creating a mid-century modern kitchen that will make everyone happy.
Most mid-century modern kitchens were built with a galley style layout, with two parallel countertops and a walking area in between. These kitchens were usually compact, and that can be a challenge when remodeling a mid-century home with today’s storage needs. Today most homeowners opt for a kitchen with a kitchen island to expand the cooking space and make the kitchen more comfortable to use.
Beautiful Mediterranean kitchen with light stained cabinets, stone countertops, a kitchen island and open shelves.
Chic mid-century modern kitchen with black cabinets, white countertops, white Moroccan tiles, light stained shelves.
Chic mid-century modern kitchen with dark stained cabinets and white ones. White stone countertops and a white tile backsplash and lights and lamps.
A chic mid-century modern kitchen with two tone cabinets, grey stone countertops, a white skinny tile backsplash and neutral fixtures.
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A chic mid-century modern kitchen with white cabinets, black countertops as well as a backsplash. A wooden kitchen island and leather stools
A cool mid-century modern kitchen with graphite grey as well as white kitchen with butcherblock countertops. A round table and wooden chairs, wooden open shelves.
Cool mid-century modern kitchen with white shaker style cabinets, a large hood, a grey kitchen island, open shelves as well as cool lamps.
Cozy mid-century modern kitchen with green cabinets, light-stained shelves, a hood, white countertops, a wooden kitchen island.
A cozy rich-stained kitchen with graphite grey stone countertops as well as white geometric tiles on the backsplash.
Materials And Finishes
Mid-century kitchens have characteristic clean lines, including plain countertops and edges. This minimalist look is in high demand today, so focus on bringing the mid-century kitchen to the 21st century by updating finishes, appliances, and storage. Stay true to the mid-century modern aesthetic, though, by choosing natural, no-fuss materials.
Updated cabinetry can transform the look and feel of the mid-century modern kitchen. Flat-panel cabinets work well with the clean lines of the design style. If opting for a natural wood, a continuous vertical grain direction adds to the detail. New cabinetry also provides a fantastic opportunity to add extra storage solutions to a modest-sized kitchen. For example, there are many creative design ideas to make use of unused corners, including clever diagonal drawers with custom dividers.