February 16, 2017
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We all know a lot can change in a year… but how about in 67 years? Today, we’re going on a journey to see how much kitchen designs have altered since the 1950s – and what designs or features are having a revival in the modern age.



Hello, colour! From bright yellows to blues and lurid greens, colour definitely played a massive role in the 1950s kitchens. So too did built-in appliances and wall-mounted ovens, ensuring there was more space for the wood-look cabinetry and laminate benchtops. On the floor, linoleum was the material of choice – easy to clean, durable and available in many different colours.




Welcome to the age of rebellion and ‘mod’ design! Like the 1950s, the 1960s was all about colour – but on an even bigger scale. Popular colours included bright oranges, reds and mustard yellow, with the occasional bright green or psychadelic pattern thrown in for effect. This was also the era of dinner parties, where open plan kitchens and dining spaces were in high demand.




Hello, breakfast bar – one good thing we can take away from the 1970s kitchen. There were a few hits and misses in this decade, notably the popular colour schemes of green, yellow, brown and other ‘earthy’ tones. One thing many 1970s kitchens now had was access to a microwave, cutting down the amount of time required to prepare meals.




Heralding the age of energy efficiency! In this age of appliances, manufacturers with higher energy star ratings were definitely winning the battle. Though the advent of celebrity chefs made home cooking fashionable once more, the same couldn’t be said for the wall-to-wall wood panelling found in many a 1980s kitchen.




Open plan living. That sums up 1990s design in a nutshell – bringing the living spaces and kitchen together to ensure easy indoor entertaining, where the host didn’t have to worry about missing out on any of the conversation. The 1990s also heralded the rise of the stainless steel appliances, from fridges to cooktops and everything in between. Sleek and stylish – that’s the 90s kitchen.





Think clean lines and minimalism and light, bright colour palettes! With outdoor entertaining now a big part of everyday living, most homes now boast fully integrated kitchen, living and alfresco spaces to make at-home parties even easier.


Are you a fan of the kitchens of bygone times, or do you prefer today’s sleek modern finishes? If your old kitchen is getting you down, maybe it’s time for a makeover! Talk to the team at Kitchen Craftsmen today to see how you can transform your kitchen, or take a look through our photo gallery for a little inspiration.