Have you ever wondered how decorators find their inspiration? Or how decoration styles have evolved to what they are nowadays? Looking back through the last century, there’s a lot of ground to cover, but we’ve done the hard part for you!
From the 1920s till current days, there’s a little bit of history alongside the main colors and decor styles that were used in each decade. So sit back and scroll down to check out this look on the evolution of kitchen decor styles!
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When people decided to use colors in their kitchens back then, it was usually a pale blue. But overall, the 1920s came with an all-white palette that was just perfect to balance the excess of style from previous years!
With the Great Depression happening in the late 20s, people wanted to take their minds off that and so they began to use more colors around the kitchen. Instead of the monochromatic white look they had in the ’20s, the 1930s came with bright greens, browns, and yellows around the kitchen!
Linoleum was the most popular material in the 1940s. While this kitchen only has a linoleum floor, some people went all-out and had their entire kitchens made out of linoleum! The colors that stood out back then were red, white, and blue - and that’s because people wanted to show their patriotism during the dark years of the World War II.
In addition to that:
Yellow was also used in kitchens during these years, mainly in the late 40s. Since war was over by then, people were starting to enjoy life again and the pastel tone of yellow was one of the ways they could bring a warm, uplifiting mood to their homes!
Soft yellow was definitely the most used color in the 1950s, especially when it came to cabinets! It looks very optimistic and the kind of suburban vibe going on here was a strong element! Mint green and turquoise were also popular choices.
What a time the ‘60s were, right? There was such personality and uniqueness being shown by artists all around, and that was definitely reflected in people’s kitchens! The use of bright colors was the outstanding element of the time.
More than that:
The ‘60s are known for being a kind of psychedelic sequence of years, and that was shown in the decor by the use of acid orange and neon tones of green!
Highly marked by the dark brown tones and green tones (similar to the color of avocados), the 1970s had this super unique quality to it. The wooden cabinets were popular back then as well.
And I just have to say:
Though this style isn’t my favorite, it has such a unique vibe to it that I can’t help but love it! The combination of green and brown makes it feel so homey!
The ‘80s came to be a bit more subtle than the former years, maybe that’s because disco was so popular in the previous decade and there were bright colors everywhere during that time! Anyways, shades of peach, beige, and brown were mostly used and it was very common to find kitchens with floral patterned wallpapers!
With the country style becoming more popular during the 1990s, oak cabinets and colored formica were all in! Mint green was the main color for decor accents - as you can notice yourself from the photo above.
You probably already know this style from your own experience. After all it wasn’t that long ago that this was trending! The 2000s focused more on types of materials - especially natural ones - instead of color schemes.
This is what I mean:
The tile backsplash, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances definitely took over the kitchen instead of bold colors or floral wallpaper.
We still have a couple of years left to end this decade, but we’ve already seen enough to know what the biggest trend is!
And that is:
The all-white kitchen! Yeah, that’s right, it came back!. Nearly 100 years after being a trend for the first time, it’s back with one slight change: there are more plants added to the decor - which came about as a way to balance nature with the technology that surrounds us in our daily lives.
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