Everyone knows the kitchen is the true heart of the home. It’s the place where the entire family gathers, where heart-to-heart talks take place, where the family members bond while making memories that last a lifetime. A kitchen remodel is one of the most popular renovations homeowners undertake and, if done properly, can give you a great return on your investment when it’s time to sell the property. You need to consider the entire home when making plans to renovate, and make sure the planned upgrades fits with the bones of the house. Many people are living in homes that were built between the end of World War II and the late 1970s, which was the height of the mid century modern look. This significant design movement can be replicated, if your home will allow it. You don’t need a Frank Lloyd Wright style of home in order to achieve this look, but it does require some planning. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are leaning toward mid century modern kitchen cabinets:
What Exactly Am I Looking For?
An American mid century look is a slightly more organic and less formal look than its European counterpart. It is characterized by clean simplicity and an integration with nature. That means slab doors, minimalistic door and drawer pulls, pine or oak woods for both the cabinets and the kitchen floor, large and ample windows to bring the outdoors in, and an open floor plan. The countertops used are most often white marble or granite. The overall tone should be reflective of the outdoors. Think natural light, natural wood colors, earthy tones with white accents, and lots of plants. Add in pops of color that were in vogue when the mid century look was at its height–orange and turquoise, for instance.
Where Do I Get It?
You want to buy cabinets from a company who offers pre-assembled cabinets in a variety of styles. Look for slab-front cabinets rather than shaker style. Browse the company’s website to find cabinets, and then work with an in-house designer to plan your new kitchen. Look for cabinets that are built with European frameless construction, which allows for 15 percent greater storage. Read the company’s testimonials from satisfied customers, but don’t stop there. Check independent sites like Angie’s List for an unbiased view of the company. Make certain the company has a transparent return policy for items that get damaged in transit or if they come with missing parts. These are all things to consider when deciding on your mid century modern kitchen cabinets.