30 Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Design Ideas And Resources

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Looking for some mid-century kitchen ideas? Look no further. We love a good midcentury kitchen at Wood & Wire so we’ve compiled the best round-ups and ideas featuring 100’s of designs and ideas, so you don’t have to.  Anything missing? Just let us know!

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Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Ideas – Houzz


Houzz round-up the best mid century modern kitchen design from across the pond. Demonstrated here is the later mid-century kitchen style which was awash with natural and popping colours. Kelly Ann Photography captures that in this stunning 1950s home remodel in Yellow Springs, Ohio. We think the angled cupboards and statement appliances are just gorgeous.
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Stunning Midcentury modern kitchens – The spruce


Deirdre Sullivan of The Spruce shares 12 ways to add some mid-century style to your kitchen. Here, Oregon based designer Sarah Phipps renovates these mid century kitchen cabinets of this once dreary kitchen. Flat front cabinetry and pastel colours were a common feature of this period.
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Adorable Mid-Century Kitchen Ideas – InteriorZine


Nadia at InteriorZine gives a potted history of mid-century modern kitchen design and clear advice on how to get the look. She also jam-packs in wonderful contemporary examples of the trend. Honesty in materials and natural colours were a big part of the mid century ethos so we’ve been drooling over how these sumptuous materials and rich colours meet in this beautifully simple kitchen. Image credit Murray Barker
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Popular Midcentury Kitchen Design Ideas for 2020 – Houzz


Galley kitchens are a common feature in mid century homes. We’re in love with this example by Eckford Chong Design. More details on this veneered plywood, sliding door kitchen can be found in the Houzz round-up of their most inspiring midcentury kitchen ideas.
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Memorable Mid Century Modern Kitchen Renovations – Dwell


A great mid-century kitchen renovation compilation by the Dwell team. The Benit House, Houston (pictured here) was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and lovingly restored over the course of 11 years. Open plan living was born in this era so the floating shelving over the kitchen island helping to define the kitchen and the diner really caught our eye on this one.
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Atmospheric Mid Century Modern Kitchen Designs- DigsDigs


Digsdigs round up 39 atmospheric mid century modern kitchen designs for you to savour. Natural light is a key architectural feature of the period so we were instantly drawn to that and the warmth created by the veneered cabinets in this Minneapolis home. Mid century galley kitchen by Design By Lisa.
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Kitchen Designs T0 Take You Back To The Vintage Era – Architectureartdesigns.com


This article covers kitchen interiors with modern features but with more colours than recent contemporary styles. The Anderson residence by Bunnyfish architecture shows how ‘Wow’ an open plan space can be when you’ve got the space. Make the most of design features such as this mid century modern kitchen island with 8 seater table. Complemented by the Eames Molded Side Chair with Eiffel Tower Base.
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Mid Century Modern Blue Kitchen – Wood & Wire


When the Hollingtons approached Wood & Wire for their mid-century kitchen furniture, they had a very clear brief of how they wanted their bespoke plywood kitchen to look. Follow the link for full details of the Hollingtons stunning grade 2 listed 1960’s kitchen renovation, York.
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K2 System Kitchen – Cantilever Interiors


The style of the era was unadorned, simple and fuss-free. We think Australian kitchen company cantilever interiors do a fabulous job of that with their mid century modern kitchen cabinets. This stunning colour-block kitchen with cantilever units, great for giving an illusion of more space.
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The Strum Residence – Socal Modern


Bold colours meet in this 1958 property on Long Beach, CA. We’re very fond of the little sliding door cupboards but especially the original turquoise Formica worktops combined with the mid-century walnut kitchen. We want to move into this one!
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Mid Mod Kitchen Before and After – Fire Clay Tile


It wasn’t so much the cute birch ply units that we spied here but the statement floor tiles that caught our attention on this before and after article. Traditionally, a mid-century kitchen floor tile would be something natural like stone but we just couldn’t resist mentioning these. Statement geometric tiles were a thing back then. Fire Clay Tile, San Fransisco handmake every tile for your project and offer a free design service. They also ship internationally should they take your fancy.
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Incredible Mid Century Modern Kitchens – One Kindesign


Mid-century kitchen wallpaper is commonly bold colours with geometric repeat prints. Here a statement appliance and adorable Orla Kieley colour pop wallcovering lift the sterile white units to make this kitchen fresh and appealing. We’re also partial to the stainless steel Belfast sink and mini bar.
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Great Mid Century Design Kitchens – The Wow Decor


Architecture during this period is renowned for its light and connection with outside. These mid-century modern wood kitchen cabinets feel right in the heart of their surroundings. We’re also super keen on the stainless steel work surface which flows seamlessly up onto the wall and onto the sill. Superb design detailing on this one.
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Mid Century Remodel Floor Plans – Clickamericana.com


In this article, clickamericana collate vintage mid century kitchen magazine cut-outs on how to floor plan the perfect kitchen for your needs. In this one, they discuss making provisions in the kitchen for all the new electrical appliances coming onto the market and remind us of how ecstatic we feel when we open our dishwasher!
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At Home With Mid Century Designers – Remodelista


Remodelista discusses Leslie Williamson’s 2015 book. ‘Modern Originals: At Home With Midcentury European Designers’. We captured this mid-century kitchen sink cabinet designed by Renaat Braem as we thought it was just delightful.
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Marvelous Mid Century Design Kitchens – Home Design Lover


In this feature Home Design Lover list 15 of their favourite Mid century kitchens. Our favourite is this one, featuring an excellent example of angled wall cupboards and Formica worktops with steel edge trim, key features of the mid century style.
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Elements to Give Your Kitchen Mid-Century Makeover – Home Edit


Vera Dordick lists 15 ways to give yourself a mid-century kitchen makeover. Bang on trend for the moment is the mid century modern kitchen nook which we’ve been asked for quite a lot recently. And, along with our upholstery partners, we’re easily able to create for you.
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A brief history of the 1950s 1960’s kitchens – Apartmenttherapy


Electrical appliances were ‘the thing’ in mid century kitchen design. We were bowled over by this 1950 ultimate refrigeration station from GE. And, it’s in pastel pink, swoon.
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How to Create a Mid-Century Kitchen with a Retro Vibe – Your Home Only Better


Susan gives advice on how to style your kitchen using brightly coloured Big Chill mid-century kitchen appliances. Unfortunately, these are unavailable in the UK. However, if you want to get your hands on a coloured appliance fix we recommend Gorenje and Smeg.
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The best modern range cookers – The Telegraph


On the subject of mid-century kitchen appliances, we thought this article from The Telegraph was a smashing buyers guide to range cookers and the different fuel options available.
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Ways To Make your mid century modern kitchen layout better – Forbes


Forbes looks at ways to do a mid-century kitchen remodel for improved modern living. We adore this wood panel ceiling and simple light fittings on this renovation by Modern House Architects.
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Mid Century Kitchen Design Essentials – Atomic Ranch


Design magazine Atomic Ranch list the 12 essentials of mid-century kitchen design. The focal point of this glazed floating shelving really attracted us to this airy and warm design layout.
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The midcentury kitchen – New York Times


Florence Fabricant discusses the 2019 mid century kitchen book by Sarah Archer. This book “starts with the history of the [American] kitchen and then covers the evolution of its features, including the standardization of dimensions and of appliances, advances like freezing and tastes in colour.”
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Mid Century Style kitchen – Wood & Wire

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Mid century kitchen lighting makes a statement. One of our favourites is this pendant from GUBI.  Originally designed by Louis Weisdorf, a well known Danish architect and designer.
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Extraordinary Apartment- Yaroslav Priadka


We were in awe to learn this fabulous creation is actually a 3D render by Yaroslav Priadka. The colours and simplicity of this design really got us going.
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The English Rose Kitchen – Homes and Antiques


Our round-up wouldn’t be complete without including the English Rose kitchen. Named the ‘Rolls Royce’ of kitchens, this metal kitchen cabinet company sprang up after the war as the result of surplus material. Homes and Antiques give advice on how to get your hands on a mid-century retro kitchen like this one.
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Colour Block Kitchen – Dries Otten


We’re a big fan of Belgium based designer Dries Otten. His talent for colour blocking is impressive. Here it’s demonstrated perfectly in his Amsterdam kitchen.
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Choosing Rubber Flooring- Realhomes


The mid century period celebrated new materials and technologies. The Real Homes article tells you everything you need to know about choosing rubber flooring, which we think would be perfect for a mid-century modern kitchen floor.
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Stylish Mid Century Modern Kitchen – DigsDigs


We think that orange and Walnut is one of the best colour combinations of this era. This midcentury kitchen in the Digsdigs round-up shows us how well the two complement each other.
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Kidkraft Mid Century Kitchen – Kidcraft


How could we resist not to include the charms of this mid-century kitchen from Kidcraft? Fabulous colour, geometric mid backsplash tiles, state of the art appliances and sliding door wall cupboards. Kitchen love starts young and we’re sold.
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