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Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Ideas

Because this design is here to stay.

Once a trend, Mid-century modern interior design is here to stay, especially in the kitchen. From diverse materials and clean lines to contrasting colors and the latest and greatest appliances, here are five mid-century modern kitchen ideas for homeowners looking to keep things simple and sophisticated.

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Photo by Jean Stoffer Design

Natural Woods
One of the distinguishing features of mid-century modern kitchen design is the juxtaposition of different and contrasting elements. This kitchen’s use of a wide array of mixed materials – marble, natural wood, tile and ceramic – creates a spectacular sight for all who enter.

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Minimalist Open Spaces
Every mid-century modern kitchen should have just the right balance between color and black-and-white tones. Your color scheme should be relaxing and give the room an open and airy feel – not overwhelming and cluttered.

This kitchen masters minimal ornamentation, another defining feature of the mid-century modern style, with its partial hexagonal backsplash. (Notice how it blends seamlessly into the painted white wall and draws attention to the sleek wood countertops.) All of these elements work together to create a minimalist open space that is both light and refreshing.

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Photo by Dawn Wolf Designs

Bright and Natural Lighting
As the decorative focal point of every kitchen’s design, mid-century modern lighting should aim for a classic look that is both bright and natural.

In this beautiful open-concept kitchen, a trio of bright, gold pendant lights above the quartz island add a layer of warmth while illuminating the space. The natural light from sliding patio doors also showcase the sleek and timeless details of this mid-century look.

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Sleek Modern Appliances
Mid-century modern kitchen appliances should be as sleek as they are state-of-the-art. Popular finishes for this style includes stainless steel or black.

In this kitchen designed by Jean Stoffer, all eyes are on this kitchen’s iconic stainless-steel Wolf gas range, which give the understated space a high-end look. The addition of the vintage rug against the warm hardwood floor, balanced with the cool white backsplash and custom cabinets completes the distinctive design.

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Dark Elements
As important as the use of natural woods, minimalist open spaces, bright and natural lighting and sleek modern appliances are, true mid-century modern design would be incomplete without a dash of dark elements.

This kitchen’s dark cabinetry, tables and chairs add a stunning contrast to the marble backsplash and bright, adjacent white wall lined with French patio doors.


This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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