Mid-century modern has never been more popular. And that’s because homeowners and renters want a modern style that’s also warm and full of personality. Add mid-century modern elements to your small kitchen design ideas to enlarge and brighten your small space and put fun back into cooking!
Small kitchen design ideas and elements
Cool, modern and with a touch of whimsy, this small kitchen looks larger than its footprint thanks to the high ceilings. Image:
Let’s review the basics on mid-century design and why it works for a small kitchen:
- Pastels and bright, vibrant colors add life to a small kitchen by brightening it and giving it a cheerful vibe.
- The minimalist open space concept of tall ceilings, fewer walls or open shelving makes a small kitchen look larger and removes some of the heaviness dark cabinets can create.
- Wood adds value and a warm, earthy feel.
- Fun, quirky retro or vintage accessories and appliances put fun back into a small kitchen design.
Check out these beautiful mid-century modern small kitchen design ideas:
Small kitchen breakfast nooks
Breakfast banquettes were big in their heyday. Take a small corner and create your own as a cozy breakfast and homework spot. Image:
Retro wallpaper that coordinates with the bench vinyl adds a spot for loved ones in this mid-century modern small kitchen. Image:
Bright colors for a small kitchen design
Turquoise, golden yellow and orange are striking and cheerful colors for a small mid-century modern kitchen. Images:
Add color to your small kitchen design via bold, geometric backsplash tiles. Image:
A two-tone combination of chartreuse green and turquoise works well with both wood tones and stainless steel appliances. Image:
Pastels to brighten your small kitchen
Light buttercream yellow cabinets look modern and expand the space in this mid-century inspired kitchen. Image:
High gloss cabinets in a retro aqua shade reflect light and expand the space in this small kitchen. Image:
Small kitchen ideas featuring wood and bamboo
This mid-century modern small kitchen is sophisticated thanks to matte black finishes and bamboo cabinets. Image:
The homeowners restored the original wood cabinets by stripping them from years of paint. Image:
Grain matched walnut cabinets give this mid-century style kitchen a high-end look. Image:
Light oak cabinets flow beautifully with the pale celadon tiles of this small mid-century modern kitchen design. Image:
Small kitchen design ideas with an open concept
The most effective way to turn a small kitchen into an open, airy space is by raising the ceilings and getting rid of unnecessary walls and wall cabinets. Image:
A minimalist galley-style kitchen opens up to the rest of the living area. Image:
Opening up a kitchen using wall cutouts and adding a small counter area can expand a small kitchen’s feel. Image:
When working with an open-plan kitchen space, continue the mid-century modern decor into the adjoining rooms. Image:
A custom floating shelf divides the small kitchen area and offers a place to display items. Image:
Add fun with accessories and appliances
A vintage refrigerator adds retro personality to a contemporary kitchen. Image:
Bertoia inspired barstools and retro appliances in turquoise add the mid-century chic vibe to a minimalist grey kitchen. Image:
A collection of colorful glass vases and a sunburst clock give this small contemporary kitchen a mid-century vibe. Image:
Red accessories are great additions in this turquoise and white kitchen. Image:
Kitchen appliances in vintage colors and shapes reinforce the retro feel of the small kitchen. Image:
Turquoise is perhaps the most popular mid-century modern design color. Add some turquoise accents to your contemporary kitchen to personalize it. Image:
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