Mixing iconic midcentury forms and finishes with a modern ethos for a look that’s both timeless and very now may seem somewhat complicated at first, but we’ve got the right inspiration for you to accomplish just that! These 12 midcentury inspired kitchens that effortlessly prove they’re one for the ages.
01. Play Up Paneling
All-over wood paneling is often one of the first things to indicate a midcentury modern abode—and one of the first things to go when the homeowners inevitably decide to renovate.
02. Skip Upper Cabinets
Often, midcentury modern kitchens would go light on upper cabinets—or forgo them altogether—in favor of a more visually streamlined look. This kitchen, designed by the duo behind Studio Shamshiri, relied on California walnut counters and concrete countertops for a simple-yet-stunning look.
03. Have Fun With Furniture
04. Keep the Palette Tight
Warm wood tones marry seamlessly with an iridescence stone backsplash and moody black countertops.
05. Opt for a Stacked Backsplash
Emphasize the geometric flair commonly seen in midcentury modern design by opting to install your backsplash tile in a stacked motif, rather than the classic offset layout.
06. Incorporate Primary Hues
A concise whole-home palette of primary hues colors this midcentury modern-inspired abode overlooks the Puget Sound outside of Seattle.
07. Work in Open Shelving
During the heyday of MCM design, open or floating shelving was looked to as a way to separate an area of the home while maintaining open flow for increased entertaining and socializing.
08. Try Out Terrazzo
Emerging towards the tail end of the MCM movement, terrazzo finishes quickly picked up steam as a popular choice for countertops, floors, and more.
09. Embrace the Galley Layout
Midcentury modern homes were not known for their square footage, often resulting in petite kitchens that had to utilize every square inch. Instead of renovating to create a more open floorplan, embrace the snug shape and incorporate breezy finishes that keep things feeling light.
10. Squeeze in a Pop of Orange
It’s not often you’d see us advocating for a color this bold in the kitchen, but this juicy hue is a midcentury classic. Shades of orange and rust were all the rage during MCM’s heyday and used as a way to inject lively flair into furniture, decor, and even wallpaper.
11. Mix in Metallics
Metallic design accents came to play in a big way with midcentury modern decor, and they’re a great way to add the glamour of a bygone era to your kitchen.
12. Think Long and Lean
Linear profiles were everywhere during the peak of midcentury modern design, from the clean lines of some of our favorite furniture pieces (like the iconic Florence Knoll sofa) to the rooflines of classic MCM residential architecture.
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