Add a Touch of Mid-Century Design to Your Kitchen

18th October 2018

What is mid-century design?

We're glad you asked. And even if you didn't, here's a quick run-down. Mid-century design refers to interior design style inspired by the 50s and 60s (middle of the 20th century). Easy, right? Except, there are a lot of different ways one can interpret this beautiful and iconic style. The main aspects of mid-century design are clean lines, minimalist features and rich, bold colours. We see a lot of powerful, earthy colours like brown, orange green and gold with brighter accents like aqua, yellow and pink. Ultimately, you can take any colour and apply it to a mid-century inspired room. However, the style tends to steer clear of monochrome colours. Bear that in mind!

Read our in-depth blog post on mid-century design in the home. 

transforming your kitchen...

So, you want to take your love for the mid-century and showcase it in the kitchen? We can't say we blame you. This style is truly exquisite and there's nowhere better to show it off than in the heart of any home. The kitchen is the perfect place to experiment with style - after all, it's where we gather with friends, cook for the family, enjoy our morning coffee and throw parties! It's time to truly show your loved ones that you have great taste when it comes to interior design. And if mid-century is the route you want to go down, we've got some great easy tips to help spruce up the kitchen.

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How to add mid-century design to your kitchen

You should start by thinking about how 'full-on' you want to go. Do you wish to entirely strip out your kitchen and renovate it? Or are you just looking to add a few easy accessories to give a nod towards the mid-century style? Of course, it's up to you. However, we're going to give you tips for both approaches so you can pick and choose which suits you. Keep reading to discover how to transform your kitchen into a mid-century haven!

Use plywood for your floor, cabinets or even wall panels

Plywood is synonymous with that mid-century feel. Particularly varnished in a dark, earthy tone, plywood was seen everywhere in the 50s and 60s. If you don't want to commit to installing new plywood cabinets, why not invest in some wooden bar stools or accessories (as seen in the image above)? Just remember to keep on top of your cleaning routine to keep the wood looking good as new!

Contrast white gloss with pastel colours and vibrant shades

Now, we know we said that mid-century tends to steer away from monochrome shades. However, it's hard to escape white in the kitchen. In this instance, we recommend contrasting other colours against the white. Go for oranges, blues, reds as your vibrant tones and pink, aqua and pale green as your pastel tones. Whichever you decide to go for will depend on your personal preference! If you don't fancy painting your walls or buying pieces of furniture like bar stools and a new fridge, focus on the accessories. Invest in a new dinner plate set, a new kettle, a fruit bowl or even a pin-board. The possibilities are endless!

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Know your mid-century furniture!

If you really do want to overhaul your kitchen, you should recognise the correct styles of mid-century furniture. Of course, there's the classic Smeg fridge - other similar brands include Gorenje and Montpellier. Ultimately, you want to achieve that look with a large chrome handle and smaller freezer above the fridge section. Bright colours help too! When it comes to your actual furniture, you might only have a breakfast bar in your kitchen. So, you'll need some bar stools. We've got a gorgeous collection of Eames-style bar stools that would be perfect for your mid-century kitchen. Otherwise, opt for wooden, leather or colourful styles. If you're lucky enough to have room for a table, go for something simple and white to counteract the bright colours or a dark, wooden colour.

Add in artwork and accessories

What kind of artwork and accessories were popular during the mid-century period? Well, we saw a lot of abstract designs, colourful prints and pop art. Notable artists at the time included Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Harry Bertoia and Ada Vorhaus Gabriel. In terms of accessories, opt for retro plant pots, floor lamps, magazine racks and geometric-print cushions. We also love quirky mirrors for this style, using designs like eyes and suns. However, you really can get creative. Why not combine mid-century design with some of your favourite contemporary pieces?

The DSW Bar Stool from our Eames collection in green - £69.99

Feeling inspired?

Let us know in the comments if you're a fan of the mid-century style and how you've brought the design into your home. Whether you've gone all out or just added a few touches, we want to hear from you. Don't forget to shop our mid-century furniture collection here and send in any photos of your purchases! We offer a £10 voucher for any customer that submits a snap.

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