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100 Years in the Kitchen: The Most Popular Kitchen Colors from the 1920s to Today - Apartment Therapy

100 Years in the Kitchen: The Most Popular Kitchen Colors from the 1920s to Today - Apartment Therapy
From The Kitchn - August 10, 2017

Looking through the kitchen color trends of the last century tells us a lot more than simply the most popular hues of the moment; they tell us about who we were as a culture and how we have evolved, including our values, historical priorities and general sensibilities.

From the white-dominant, utilitarian function of the 1920s to the bold, psychedelic hues of the 1960s to the earthy neutral minimalism of today, these kitchen color trends have a whole lot to say about who we are, and we are all ears (err eyes). Let's take a stroll through the last 100 years, shall we?

1920s

The 1920s kitchen was largely a reaction to the stylistic excess that was so characteristic of the 19th century. Over-the-top patterns and ornate details were out, with a pure white aesthetic taking their place as seen in this image from Antique Home Style. The all-white color palette was a perfect representation of the utilitarian vibes of that time.

1930s

Another kitchen from Antique Home Style shows that '30s kitchens were a far cry from the white kitchens of the '20s, infused with colorful optimism to combat the darkness of the Great Depression. Greens, yellows and browns reigned supreme as curvy shapes and more sheen creeped in.

1940s

With World War II underway, the United States' patriotism was in full swing, and while aesthetics were less of a priority in this resource-depleted time (even though the above kitchen via The Spruce would tell otherwise from the decade), displays of the patriotic colors of red, white and blue became pervasive ways to express country pride.

1950s

The post-war 1950s were an optimistic time while being largely informed by old-school values. Suburban ranch houses were the norm, featuring the cheerful hues of mint green, turquoise and soft yellow (this image shown here is from an old Sears Home). On the other end of that happy sock-hop look was darker, moodier rustic kitchens (but this is a story about color, so let's move on!).

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

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