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10+ Best Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Products, Ideas & Inspiration

Friends of Hausera - 3/21/19 3:42 PM

Like anything, trends tend to come in cycles. What was out of fashion one decade will eventually find its way back into the pages of your favorite style magazines. Right now, that’s what’s happening with Mid-Century Modern design.

This eclectic yet classic style bridges sturdy, traditional furniture pieces with rounded, unique, and vintage designs. Generally referring to products made in the United States between 1933 and the late 1960s (though some shorten that range to right about through the 50s), the Mid-Century Modern styles that you’re going to find lining the walls of your favorite home-improvement stores take inspiration from a few different decades.



Some people attribute the term “Mid-Century Modern” to the author Cara Greenberg, who in 1984 titled a design book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. The year prior, Greenberg had written an article for Metropolitan Home Magazine talking about furniture from a few decades ago and then got the idea to write a book about it, thus coining the term. Later, The New York Times confirmed that Greenberg was onto something, and Mid-Century Modern as we know it today — vintage, yet timeless — was born.

Mid-Century design was largely forged by a few famous architects and designers, one in particular being Frank Lloyd Wright. As the Smithsonian noted, Wright committed his career to marrying efficiency and simplicity, two of the trademarks of the style. As a designer, he created houses that featured open floor plans, streamlined kitchens, and large windows, brought together by hints of nature, all of which are still emulated in designs today.



In the last few years, Mid-Century design has been highlighted again through television shows such as Mad Men, and many manufacturers are including Mid-Century as a staple in their product lineup.

What is Mid-Century Modern Style?

If you’re still not clear on what classifies something as Mid-Century Modern, understanding the style profile will probably help you identify items that are Mid-Century Modern and piece them together more efficiently in your home.

Mid-Century pieces include sharp, clean lines. They are minimalistic, often include subdued colors, classic Bauhaus intricacies, and a 50s or 60s touch. Many Mid-Century furniture pieces are made of medium-colored woods, featuring smooth tops and rounded edges, splayed feet and legs, and gold brushed hardware. Another trait of Mid-Century pieces is that they are often heavy and distinctly sturdy.



Many modern Mid-Century homes will combine the style with other trendy pieces, such as Industrial or minimalistic. One popular combination is bright white walls and spaces (perhaps even brick, or another texture), wooden furniture, and plant life as decoration.

However, when it comes to making the perfect Mid-Century kitchen, the standards are a bit specific. If you’re looking to create a Mid-Century space on your own, you’re going to have to get clear on exactly which products align with the style. That’s why we selected our favorite Mid-Century faucets, sinks, pendants, and other features that will help make your home look as elegant and classic as you dream.

Mid-Century Modern Sinks

When it comes to choosing a Mid-Century sink, remember that despite modern trends, Mid-Century design did not use farmhouse style sinks, nor sinks with exposed features. (This does not mean that you can’t use one of these, but if you want to keep with the style, it’s best not to.)

The best Mid-Century sinks will involve undermounts or a bar-style sink. This depends on the placement of the sink on your countertop and how much space you need to occupy.

 Kohler K-5871-5UA3-0 Riverby 33" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink  

Kohler K-5871-5UA3-0 Riverby 33" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink

This sink has so many subtle style markers of a Mid-Century piece, including a squared-off basin, right-side drain placement, and it comes with a custom-fit colander with integral cutting board, a utility rack with soaking cup, and a left-hand, stainless-steel bottom sink rack. The sink itself is actually made of cast iron, though there are options for different color finishes.

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 Rohl 6307-00 Allia 31-5/8" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink  

Rohl 6307-00 Allia 31-5/8" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink

This sink marries minimalist design with a chic touch that couldn’t be anything but Mid-Century. With another rectangular shape, squared-off edges, deep undermount, and super-simplistic build, this sink would be the perfect addition to any kitchen, especially one heavy on other features or statement appliances.

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 Elkay ELUHAD211545 Lustertone 23-1/2" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink  

Elkay ELUHAD211545 Lustertone 23-1/2" Single Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink

This sink has the same rectangular build and undermount feature as other Mid-Century options but comes in a sleek stainless steel that would be great to marry with other modern features. (Hey, it’s possible all the gold hardware isn’t for you, and that’s okay!)

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Kohler K-5284-NA Strive 32" Double Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink

Kohler K-5284-NA Strive 32" Double Basin Undermount Kitchen Sink

This large, stainless-steel sink is perfect for anyone trying to build a Chef’s Kitchen or who regularly cooks for a large family. With rounded edges that make it easy to clean, two separate basins, an undermount and bottom sink rack to help prevent scratches and a sink bridge utility shelf with dishcloth bar to organize dishcloths, scrubbers, and sponges, this sink is the perfect middle ground for anyone trying to master the Mid-Century look while not losing any modern convenience.

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Mid-Century Modern Sinks

When choosing a Mid-Century faucet, remember to stick to gold or brass coloring as well as clean lines. A big part of Mid-Century design is retaining a sense of minimalism and focusing on the home’s architecture, so any hardware should be an added detail, not a focal point.

 Houzer CAMPD-368-BB Camden Single Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet

Houzer CAMPD-368-BB Camden Single Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet

This faucet meets all the requirements of a classic Mid-Century kitchen. It’s sleek and minimalistic in design, with only a single temperature throttle located on the right-hand side. The finish is a brushed golden color, and the faucet itself has a high arch and frame. Altogether, it creates a distinctly simplistic yet classic look.

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 Newport Brass NB941-24A Nadya Single Handle Kitchen Faucet

Newport Brass NB941-24A Nadya Single Handle Kitchen Faucet

This faucet retains classic Mid-Century design markers while offering an added feature in a side sprayer. With a nozzle that’s sharply curved at the bottom and arched at the top, featuring a single, small temperature throttle and a golden hue, altogether it would pair perfectly with a smaller sink.

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 Kohler K-6331-CP Evoke Single Handle Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet

Kohler K-6331-CP Evoke Single Handle Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet

The Evoke faucet meets all of the requirements for a great Mid-Century piece. With super-sharp, minimalistic design, a steep curve and then straight nozzle, concise temperature throttle and squared-off underbody, this faucet is absolutely perfect for anyone looking for a piece that will instantly add a bit of modernity to a classic home.

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Mid-Century Modern Pendants

When it comes to lighting pendants, it’s all about maintaining the brass and gold colors and focusing on simplistic, small designs with eclectic touches. You’ve probably seen Mid-Century lighting fixtures in old-time cafés, or at least in some trendy restaurants now. Think of gold hardware, large, single milky bulbs, and angular fixtures.

 Crystorama Lighting CRY-3812-AG Zodiac 12-Light Chandelier Light Fixture

Crystorama Lighting CRY-3812-AG Zodiac 12-Light Chandelier Light Fixture

With a play on the 12 zodiac signs, this light fixture utilizes a mix of Mid-Century trends. In it, 12 different spigots jut out of the center, each hosting its own lightbulb. This creates a sort of star-like look. The colors here are important, too, incorporating gold hardware as usual with blackened edges, giving a very contrasted yet vintage look.

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 Premier Copper Products L200DB Universal 8-1/2" Hammered Copper Dome Pendant Light

Premier Copper Products L200DB Universal 8-1/2" Hammered Copper Dome Pendant Light

If you’re interested in bridging Mid-Modern design with other trendy styles like Industrialism, this is the perfect light fixture for you. With a single cord running down from the ceiling, this dome pendant gives a dim sort of evening-esque appearance to your home. The piece itself is quite minimalistic in nature, and the copper finish adds an extra unique touch.

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 Progress Lighting PRO-P4406-29 Opal Globes 1 Light Pendant

Progress Lighting PRO-P4406-29 Opal Globes 1 Light Pendant

One of the most significant markers of a Mid-Modern lighting piece is the bulb fixture. This piece features a single thin cord running from the ceiling to attach to a large white bulb with a milk wash finish. This type of bulb was often seen on street lights and in restaurants and cafés, and incorporating one into your home’s design adds an instant touch of flair and class.

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 Premier Copper Products L600DB Universal 7" Hammered Copper Globe Pendant Light

Premier Copper Products L600DB Universal 7" Hammered Copper Globe Pendant Light

If you’re interested in maintaining a Mid-Century look but also want to incorporate more eclectic, modern elements, this could be the perfect fixture for you. This pendant features a copper globe head, but with a mushroom-like shape that highlights the hammered finish.

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Making a Mid-Century Moodboard

Before you dive into working on your space, it’s really important to get clear on what you want the finished product to look like. This is why it’s so crucial to create a mood board or at least a plan for what you want to do. This is especially true if you’re working with a partner or team.

You might want to consider collecting images of the kitchens of other people who were inspired by Mid-Century design as well. You can scour social media sites such as Pinterest and utilize hashtags. At the very least, compile photos of all the products, furniture pieces, and appliances that you’re going to be using, and make sure that they work together.

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