Mid-Century Modern Design Defined

Mid-Century Modern design is an iconic twentieth-century style that continues to captivate and excite us well into the twenty-first century.

This style is a personal favorite of Megan Dent, one of Mingle’s kitchen and bath designers. Megan had the opportunity to put her passion into action on one of her recent remodel projects, which we will showcase to illustrate and define some of the features of mid-century modern design.

What is Mid-Century Modern Design?

Mid-Century Modern is a style of architecture, and interior design that reflects World War II optimism, the growing economy, and the rapid rise of suburban living. This period roughly lasted from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s. Suburban homes built during this time were fairly small, yet open, uncluttered, and airy. Efficiency was key. These homes were intentionally designed to be a fresh alternative to the darker, neo-classical styles of the earlier part of the twentieth century.

Megan shared why she likes this style. “Mid-Mod (as I like to call it) is so appealing because it tends to blend organic and natural elements with clean and simple styling. Mid-mod design makes me feel a sense of tranquility because of its horizontal tendencies and warm palettes. Less can be more in this design style,” she added.

What design features define a Mid-Century Modern space?

  • Functionality
  • Minimal, clean lines
  • Combination of different and contrasting materials

Megan’s primary design focus for this kitchen remodel was functionality. “It was originally thought to be a pretty limited space but turned out to be very functional and aesthetically pleasing. I re-oriented the work triangle to make the space more efficient for everyday tasks.” She added, “Don’t try to make something into what it is not; rather, work with what you’ve got and make it better.”

How do you accessorize a mid-century modern inspired space?

Megan explained that accessories always serve to complete a space. Consistent with the mid-century modern style, less is more.

“Try to incorporate personal and meaningful things. Items that have stories, or things that you just really love.”

She shared that her client mixed in vintage things she already owned with newer items that she loved. Megan described it as, “a harmonious blend that made the client’s very proud and happy to live in their newly remodeled home.”

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Mid-century modern is just one of the many styles of kitchens that the Mingle Kitchen and Bath Design team has created for their clients. We want your home to be beautiful, and functional and reflect your own unique design aesthetic. Check out our design services and explore the options you have been considering.

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