What makes a mid century modern kitchen? Cabinet styles are typically simple with little detail, such as flat-fronted or slim shaker designs. These minimalist forms are brought to life under rich wood tone, strong hues, and sometimes even graphic patterns. Aesthetics range from understated to wild organic and geometric motifs. Contrasting materials and textures build a wealth of visual interest too. Accent furniture is finished with shining chrome and signature tapered legs. Sleek lines form striking silhouettes, bound in leatherette. In this collection of 40 kitchens, we’ll look at how to combine the mid century modern spirit with contemporary surroundings, and some favourite features to note.


Visualizer: Alexandr Tyan  

Deep emerald and olive greens spark a mid century modern-inspired colour palette. Combine these shades with signature mid-century brown tones and natural materials.


Visualizer: Alexandr Tyan  

Flat-fronted units hark to mid century modern kitchen design. This understated look fits well in minimalist schemes and interiors that are spiced with Asian influence, like this one. More images here.


Visualizer: Nguyễn Thủy  

Terrazzo reached peak popularity in the mid-century modern period, and is currently having a revival. This material was favoured by architects and designers for its monolithic, minimalist look. Organic shapes showcased too, making this decorative wall mirror a complementary piece for a terrazzo kitchen island.


Visualizer: Darya Litvinovich  

In true understated mid century modern style, this minimalist kitchen features a rich brown and cream colourway.


Visualizer: Atelier Creative Varsovie  

Fluted glass first became popular during the Art Nouveau period, but it shines through mid century modern design too. Use this textured glass to add interest to kitchen wall units and partition doors.


Designer: Scott Edwards Architecture  

Crown a flat-fronted wooden kitchen design with a statement mid century modern kitchen clock design. This singular piece of wall decor will cement the theme whilst providing functionality.


Visualizer: Rina Lovko Studio  

Create cool contrast against warm wooden kitchen units by installing a sleek grey stone countertop. These counteracting hues and textures will build balance in the space.


Designer: Woods + Dangaran  

Cast a warm light upon honey-coloured cabinetry with a skylight or kitchen roof lantern. Plants were as loved in mid century modern homes as they are today, so select a green friend to come drink up the sunshine.


Visualizer: Tom Matthews  

This smooth-fronted kitchen design is complemented by two walls of sleek retractable doors, which connect to the terrace.


Via: Grundig  

While wood was a popular choice in mid century modern homes, an abundance of woodtone can appear overwhelming. Cut around heavily wood grained cabinets with a swathe of fresh white wall stucco and a white waterfall countertop.


Designer: Izen Architecture  

We’re enjoying an abundance of wood-slatted decor elements in contemporary design, but this is not a new concept. With focus firmly on natural materials, wood-slatted textures appeared in many mid-century spaces. The slatted treatment looks particularly impressive on a large kitchen island.


Architect: Jane Kim Architect  

This emerald green and rich wood tone scheme calls in the geometric element to create a stunning green kitchen backsplash.


Designer: Minarik Architecture  

Mellow yellow kitchen colour schemes make a perfect pairing with the warmth of mid century modern kitchen cabinets. This feature wall incorporates a geometric print too. See more yellow kitchens.


Designer: The Artisans Group, Inc.  

Don’t forget the ceiling when spreading the love for natural wood. This trio of low hanging globe pendant lights draws the eye up to a glorious wood-clad canopy.


Designer: DNM Architecture  

Create a crash of colour for a youthful aesthetic.


Designer: Natalie Myers  

This muted take on a multi-colour theme is toned down further by neutralising dark brown elements. A trio of wooden bar stools add a lighter tone.


Designer: The Design Gallery  

Metal hardware evokes shiny memories of the era, so use it to brighten up a dark brown wood kitchen installation.


Designer: Rain City Architecture  

Break up a densely wood-clad ceiling treatment with a spectacular skylight.


Designer: Britt Design Group  

This brown and steel kitchen combo receives a dose of contemporary appeal with golden kitchen bar stools.


Designer: Shed Architecture & Design  

A claret red kitchen treatment makes a delicious meld with natural wood elements. To construct something more zany, combine red mid century cabinetry with contrasting aqua blue accents.


Designer: Turner Architects  

Slimline shaker units offer a little more detail than their plain slab-fronted counterparts. Use this style to add structure to your surroundings.


Designer: Ashby Collective  

Break up the space with open kitchen shelving. Display colourful ceramics and glassware.


Designer: McCulley Design Lab  

Accentuate a mid century inspired wooden ceiling with deep black framing.


Designer: DAAM Architects  

Combine a mid century wood-clad wall aesthetic with contemporary curves.


Designer: Studio Ram  

Bar areas should be set up for entertaining with a relaxed, social aesthetic.


Designer: Ashby Collective  

Olive green backsplashes provide a subtle colour accompaniment for a wooden kitchen run.


Designer: CHROFI  

Cunningly extend tall units that fall just short of the ceiling line with a wood-slatted extension.

On the whole, this kitchen doesn’t quite hit the mid century mark, but Cherner stools fetch in the vibe.


Designer: JWT Associates  

Bright blue accents jolt wooden kitchens out of their heavy, solid state.


Designer: Robert Harvey Oshatz Architect  

Polish up the woodwork to create mid century luxe.


Source: Build Nashville  

When picking out mid century modern style kitchen lighting, globes and domes provide a gentle aesthetic.


Designer: Klopf Architecture  

Use wood cladding to unite a kitchen island with a nearby feature wall.


Designer: Risa Boyer  

Employ colourful kitchen accessories to add a burst of life to the room, displayed on a simple white shelf.


Designer: Kevin Southerland  

Don’t shy away from wood-clad treatment on a low ceiling. Create a cosy cocoon.


Designer: Shed Architecture & Design  

You can even squeeze wood cladding between ceiling beams.


Designer: Haven Design and Construction  

In this concept, Cherner stools complement a bold geometric unit design.


Designer: Zero Energy Design  

Create a waterfall effect by continuing wood ceiling cladding onto the upper part of a feature wall.


Designer: Klopf Architecture  

Turn wood grain on the horizontal plain to create a wider looking kitchen aesthetic.


Visualizer: ZEWORKROOM Studio  

Fashion a geometric island facia.


Designer: HH Architects   

When worktops are already full with plants, use hanging baskets to drop in more.


Designer: Office of Matthew Green Architects  

Combine a mid century modern inspired kitchen design with contemporary black window and door frames to build stark contrast.

Recommended Reading:  51 Mid Century Modern Dining Tables for a Timeless Dining Room Refresh

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