Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

Discover the timeless appeal of mid-century modern kitchens featuring quartz countertops and explore how this style can elevate your space.

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A sleek, modern white kitchen design with both Cambria Black as well as White Cliff quartz countertops

Discover the timeless appeal of mid-century modern kitchen design and explore how it can elevate your space. Whether you’re designing a mid-century modern kitchen or want to draw inspiration from a blend of styles, there are many ways to embrace the design sensibility on a large or small scale.

Mid-century modern style places an emphasis on form and function. Crisp, clean lines dominate the aesthetic balanced by rounded furnishings and well-placed accents. Some classic mid-century modern design elements found in kitchens include flat-panel wood cabinetry, geometric patterns, exposed beams, sculptural seating, quartz countertops, simple color palettes, hidden appliances, mixed materials, and understated décor.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite mid-century modern kitchen ideas to inspire your next space.

Classic Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Flat-panel walnut cabinetry, wire-backed stools, and Cambria Winterbourne™ quartz countertops combine for classic mid-century modern style in this space from Christopher Kennedy. Tour this Mad Men–inspired California desert home.

A Mad Men TV show themed kitchen with Cambria Winterbourne Quartz Countertops

Cambria design shown: Winterbourne

Mid-Century Modern Meets Contemporary

Brass pendants, warm wood tones, vintage-inspired stools, and a Brittanicca™ quartz waterfall-edge island create a mix of mid-century modern flair and a contemporary marble look in this kitchen from Fox Homes.

An elegant white and wood themed kitchen accented by Cambria Brittanicca quartz countertop

Cambria design shown: Brittanicca

Black & White Mid-Century Modern Kitchen with Multi-Level Quartz Kitchen Island

This space exemplifies mid-century modern kitchen style with color blocking and contrast. Exposed beams and a trio of pendant lights add visual interest above the White Cliff™ and Cambria Black™ kitchen island. Love a color-block effect? Explore more unique kitchen island shapes.

A sleek, modern white kitchen design with both Cambria Black as well as White Cliff quartz countertops

Cambria designs shown: White Cliff and Cambria Black

Mid-Century Modern Wooden Cabinets and Gray Quartz Kitchen Countertops

This mid-century modern kitchen remodel embraces the original architecture of the home, updating where necessary for style and substance. Cambria quartz countertops in Fieldstone™ lend durability and a grounding hue of deep gray to balance the wood tones from floor to ceiling. Explore the full home tour.

A kitchen with wooden floors and siding with a counter and kitchen island featuring Cambria Fieldstone quartz countertops.

Cambria design shown: Fieldstone™

Mid-Century Modern Meets Scandinavian in This Kitchen

Pristine White Cliff quartz countertops pair with blonde brick walls and beams and a geometric brass chandelier for a kitchen that blends mid-century modern and Scandinavian simplicity. See our roundup of kitchen island ideas for another view of this chic space.

A modern white and brick kitchen with Cambria countertops

Cambria design shown: White Cliff. Space by Crush Collective. Photo by Spacecrafting.

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen with Quartz Countertop Color Blocking

Three Cambria quartz countertop designs (Cambria Black, Hamilton™, and Ella™) create a horizontal color-blocking effect in this remodeled kitchen featured in the mid-century modern home seen below.

A sleek modern kitchen design with Cambria Black, Hamilton, and Ella

Cambria designs shown: Cambria Black, Hamilton, and Ella

Green Kitchen with Mid-Century Modern and Scandi-Style Blend

Blogger Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic combined her love of mid-century modern and Scandinavian style in this gorgeous green kitchen. Geometric kitchen island tiles pair with Ella Matte™ waterfall-edge quartz countertops for a striking focal point amid the flat-panel teal cabinets, subway tile, and warm wood shelving.

A stylish dark teal and white kitchen design with Cambria Ella Matte countertops

Cambria design shown: Ella Matte. Space by Crush Collective. Photo by Spacecrafting.

If you’re inspired to create a mid-century modern design in your own home, or want to explore other design possibilities, you can locate your nearest Cambria dealer or gallery to discover how Cambria quartz countertops and surfaces will elevate your next project. Plan your visit today and get one step closer to honing in on your ideal design.

To try out any of these Cambria quartz countertop designs in your space, order a sample to inspire your next project or remodel.

Beyond the Surface Podcast Dives Deeper into Mid-Century Modern

Learn more about Mid-Century Modern design by indulging in our four-part podcast series where we unravel the love affair with this historic American design style.

(Updated on 12/05/2023)

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