Mid-Century Modern is a well-loved design style that became iconic during the 20th century. It has managed to maintain its popularity and allure well into the 21st century for good reason. Many designers model their kitchen renovations around it to this day. To help you better understand why these designs have stood the test of time, Merit Kitchen and Bath has put together this guide on how to add a stunning mid-century modern kitchen to your home.
What is Mid-Century Modern Design?
Mid-Century Modern is a style of interior design and building architecture that seeks to capture the optimism that was prevalent during WW2, the increase in suburban living, and the thriving economy experienced from the 1940s to the 1960s. Most structures, especially homes, were built to be open, with little clutter. Since the spaces were smaller, they needed to be efficient. The point of styling home in this way was to create an airy, fresh look that greatly differed from the neo-classical styles and darker designs used in the past.
This style appealed to so many because it is a balanced blend of natural and organic elements. When these blended elements are paired with styling that is simple and clean, it makes for the perfect modern home, regardless of the year.
There are three main aspects that stand out in Mid-Century Modern design:
- Clean lines
- High functionality
- Contrasting combinations of materials
The focus of most renovations in this style is to restore or improve functionality. This means taking rooms with limited amounts of space and transforming them to be both practical and pleasing to the eye. One take away of this style is that you really can do more with less at your disposal.
Creating a Mid-Century Modern Kitchen
One place you can add this design style to your home is in your kitchen, especially if it is compact. These minimalist designs can help make even the smallest spaces feel large and bright. For this style, we recommend adding either light-colored wood or painted cabinets. It’s the little details that make a space complete, and this holds true even for Mid-Century Modern styled homes. Consider adding a few pops of vibrant color and retro accessories or appliances to create a fun, cheerful atmosphere. A casual breakfast nook is a great addition to any mid-century modern kitchen, with a teak vintage dining table and matching chairs.
The key behind nailing this style is creating a functional space that does not skimp on beauty, even if the space is compact. To increase the efficiency of your kitchen, consider renovating to create a work triangle. Creating a work triangle means placing your three key work areas (the stove, refrigerator, and sink) so that they form a triangle. This will ensure that you are close enough to cook and clean efficiently, while also having enough space to avoid feeling crowded.
How We Can Help
Here at Merit Kitchen and Bath, we excel in a range of design styles. We will work with you to create a home that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and unique to your personality. If you’re planning a Richmond Hill kitchen renovation and are interested in learning more about our services, contact us at (416) 562-1068 today. We look forward to speaking with you!