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15 Midcentury Modern Kitchens We Love

Are you a fan of the midcentury style? With its wood details, clean lines and geometric features, we are loving the look of these midcentury modern kitchens.

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Photo: Kaila Edwards

What Is a Midcentury Modern Kitchen?

Kitchen designs circa 1950s and 1960s were all about light-colored walls, pastel design accents, flat paneled cabinets, and appliances with rounded corners and shiny metal handles. Of course, slipping entirely back into these midcentury designs is not necessarily the way to style your kitchen, but it might be fun to incorporate a few elements from a bygone era into your modern kitchen.

One of the best places to start with a midcentury kitchen design is the wall color. Think pale yellow and green when choosing your color. Pale colors will pair well with white or light wood cabinetry as well as a backsplash made from light-blue or white tiles.

If you decide instead to incorporate color on the cabinets, then you may want to opt for white or cream-colored walls. Popular painted cabinet colors in the midcentury would have been pale blue, green and yellow. These cabinets are best accented by a muted backsplash and wood floors in order to keep the design unique rather than overdone.

Of course, your space might also be better suited for a more understated take on this kitchen design, incorporating sleek white and dark wood surfaces paired with kitchen seating and light fixtures that have a midcentury vibe. Choose retro-inspired lighting to complement a kitchen island or pub-style stools that have the rounded, smooth design common to midcentury-era furniture.

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Photo: Amy Bartlam. From: Natalie Myers.

Sleek Mid Mod Kitchen

The open, contemporary kitchen is truly the heart of the home with space to gather around the stunning marble kitchen island and an integrated breakfast area. Comfortable chairs and banquette seating surround the soapstone dining table, while sleek wooden cabinets are clad in waterfall marble countertops.

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Photo: Chipper Hatter. From: Kristianne Watts.

Kitchen With Dark-Stained Wooden Cabinetry

A modern, minimalist and midcentury-style kitchen with natural materials. The homeowner loves white and initially wanted an all-white kitchen. But because she feared that it would be hard to maintain with her two kids, she went with natural walnut cabinets instead, along with a few white cabinets and white countertops. “This way she would not have to feel as though her kitchen had to be in perfect condition,” says designer Kristianne Watts.

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Photo: David Cairns. From: Anthology Interiors.

Midcentury Modern Kitchen Features Geometric Pendants

A trio of pendants with geometric patterns are the star players in this midcentury modern open plan kitchen.

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