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kitchen  designed by sallie tyler
kitchen Designed by sallie tyler
Untitled designed by Bruna Renovato
UntitledDesigned by Bruna Renovato
Bar designed by Alethia Vitale
BarDesigned by Alethia Vitale
bar (copy 2) designed by Hilary Finn
bar (copy 2)Designed by Hilary Finn
Dining Room (copy 2) designed by Katia Gailas
Dining Room (copy 2)Designed by Katia Gailas
Kitchen designed by Callie Paige
KitchenDesigned by Callie Paige
Range designed by Catherine Green
RangeDesigned by Catherine Green
Kitchen sink wall 6.26 designed by Katharine Player
Kitchen sink wall 6.26Designed by Katharine Player
Laundry Room (E Wall) designed by Anna Reitz
Laundry Room (E Wall)Designed by Anna Reitz
Kitchen + Living designed by Emily Herron
Kitchen + LivingDesigned by Emily Herron
Untitled designed by Helena Higgins
UntitledDesigned by Helena Higgins
254 Russell St Mood Board designed by Taylor Peterson
254 Russell St Mood BoardDesigned by Taylor Peterson
Untitled designed by Moriah Hawks
UntitledDesigned by Moriah Hawks
Kitchen designed by Cath Larimer
KitchenDesigned by Cath Larimer
Kitchen designed by Ally Teeples
KitchenDesigned by Ally Teeples
Untitled designed by josh d
UntitledDesigned by josh d
bar (copy) designed by Hilary Finn
bar (copy)Designed by Hilary Finn
Kitchen designed by Paige Hengl
KitchenDesigned by Paige Hengl
Kitchen designed by Angelique Gross
KitchenDesigned by Angelique Gross
Kitchen designed by Laura Shannon
KitchenDesigned by Laura Shannon
Untitled designed by jade poelker
UntitledDesigned by jade poelker
Untitled (copy 8) designed by Alexa Wolcott
Untitled (copy 8)Designed by Alexa Wolcott
Mood Board designed by Kate White
Mood BoardDesigned by Kate White

Design tips for decorating a white mid century modern style kitchen

Here’s how to achieve the white mid century modern aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a white mid century modern kitchen?

Kitchens hold a special place as “the heart of the home” for a reason. They are the bustling hub where food is prepared, creativity flourishes, and cherished moments are shared with loved ones.

Crafting a functional and stylish kitchen design is essential for maximizing efficiency and creating an inviting space for cooking, entertaining, and gathering with family and friends. From the placement of appliances to the arrangement of cabinets and countertops, every element plays a vital role in shaping the overall flow and functionality of your kitchen.

While kitchen design trends and materials come and go, there are some kitchen layout principles that are tried and true. You may have heard of the “kitchen triangle” — placing your stovetop, sink, and refrigerator in a triangle formation. By arranging these three elements in a triangular formation, cooks can seamlessly navigate between tasks, making meal preparation a more efficient and enjoyable experience. This classic layout continues to stand the test of time, serving as a cornerstone of functional kitchen design.

Whether you're in the process of a kitchen remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Appliances: Common kitchen appliances include a refrigerator, freezer, stove or cooktop, oven, vent hood, microwave, and dishwasher. If you are starting a new kitchen design from scratch, we recommend deciding where your appliances and sink go first and building the rest of the design around them.
  • Sink: The sink is a crucial element in a kitchen, used for washing dishes, food preparation, and cleaning. It’s common to place the sink in front of a window, but this is purely a stylistic choice. If you have the space, some modern kitchens include two sinks in the kitchen design — one for food prep closer to your stove or main worktop and the other for cleaning closer to your dishwasher or where you store dishes.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the kitchen, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • Countertops: Countertops are essential work surfaces in a kitchen. They provide space for food preparation, cooking, and other kitchen tasks. Countertop material choice is often one of the biggest (and costly!) design decisions. Different countertop materials, from natural stones like marble or granite to engineered surfaces like quartz, offer unique textures that can add depth and interest to your kitchen design.
  • Backsplash Tile: A backsplash is typical for behind a stove or sink to protect the wall from splashes of water, oil, and other cooking ingredients​​. While backsplashes are practical choices they also help to add depth and interest to the kitchen. Different materials can significantly affect the appearance and functionality of your backsplash. For example, glossy ceramic tiles will reflect more light and help make a small kitchen feel larger, while natural stone tiles could add warmth and texture to make a larger kitchen feel more cozy.
  • Cabinets and Storage: Incorporate a mix of open shelving, base cabinets, wall cabinets, or tall pantry cabinets in your design for storage space for dishes, cookware, and pantry items. Select a cabinet material or color and cabinet hardware that fits with your desired mid century modern style.
  • Kitchen Island or Work Table: An island or work table provides additional workspace, storage, and seating options.
  • Runner Rug: A runner can add warmth to your kitchen and a comfortable place to stand while cooking.
  • Seating: Seating areas in kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. If you have an island or work table, you may want to include stools or bench seating on one or multiple sides. If you plan to have a dining area in your kitchen, include a dining table and chairs or a breakfast nook with banquette seating. Or, take a page out of our favorite kitchen designer’s book (cough Helen Parkhust of DeVol cough) and include an accent chair or two for a more cozy seating option.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the kitchen and complements the mid century modern style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Lighting Fixtures: Proper task lighting is essential in a kitchen. Include lighting fixtures such as overhead lights, pendant lights, wall sconces, and under-cabinet lighting in your design to ensure adequate illumination. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Cafe curtains, in particular, are popular choices for kitchens. Don’t forget the curtain rod!
  • Mid century modern Kitchen Decor: From kitchen towels and storage jars to drying racks and utensil holders, kitchen accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall kitchen color scheme and mid century modern style to bring your design vision to life.

Get creative and have fun with your mid century modern kitchen! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Kitchen.

How do you decorate with white?

Technically, white is not a color (you can thank science for that). But in design, the bazillion (yes, we counted) shades of white paint swatches may beg to differ. White is considered a neutral color, as it can easily blend with other colors and create a versatile backdrop for various design styles. In interior design, white is commonly used to create a sense of spaciousness and brightness, making a room feel open and airy. It can also serve as a canvas for showcasing other colors or elements in a space.

White is often associated with cleanliness, simplicity, and a sense of calmness. It is a popular color choice for minimalist and contemporary designs, as it allows for a clean and uncluttered aesthetic. Other neutrals such as gray, beige, and taupe create a sophisticated and timeless look when paired with white. These subdued hues provide a sense of calm and balance, allowing white to shine as the focal point. For some white-washed inspiration for your kitchen, check out one of our favorite designer Leanne Ford’s “light, bright, and airy” aesthetic.

There are different shades and undertones of white which can create different effects in a room. Warm whites read more pink, yellow, or orange, while cool whites read more blue or green. When working with white and selecting your white paint swatch, consider the lighting and other elements in your space to achieve the desired ambiance in your kitchen. The beauty of white is its ability to reflect light, making spaces feel airy and bright. Maximize natural light with sheer curtains or strategically placed mirrors. In the evenings, soft, warm artificial lighting can enhance the cozy, enveloping feel of a white room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a mid century modern kitchen design?

Mid-century modern interior design celebrates the aesthetic of the mid-20th century, characterized by organic shapes, clean lines, vibrant pops of color. This style reflects a love for sleek, timeless designs and an emphasis on both form and function making it a great design style choice for contemporary living.

The style's genesis post-World War II was a creative rebuttal to the period's austerity, with visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and George Nelson at the forefront. These designers embraced novel materials such as molded plywood, fiberglass, and plastic to forge furniture that was not only aesthetically pleasing but also lightweight, durable, and accessible. Their work often featured futuristic elements reminiscent of space-age aesthetics, including aerodynamic forms and motifs like boomerang patterns and starbursts. Iconic mid century modern furniture pieces include platform beds, tulip bases for tables and chairs, and egg-shaped lounge chairs.

To achieve a mid century modern style in your kitchen, look for pieces with tapered legs, streamlined silhouettes, and organic curves. Furniture pieces are often made of teak, walnut, or rosewood, with polished finishes and fluid forms. You can add mid-century flair with accessories like a statement sculptural light fixture or funky wall art featuring geometric or abstract patterns. Don't be afraid to experiment with color and vibrant hues. Common mid century modern color palettes include burnt oranges, deep teals, and lime greens mixed with warm neutral creams and beiges. Many mid century modern spaces embrace a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors. If you don’t have outdoor space, consider bringing the outside in with greenery and plants.

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