Retro Kitchen Design Sets and Ideas

It is fun to once in a while look back and see what was considered cool and trendy during the past. In this post we take a look at the kitchens of yesteryear – those from 1920s to 1960s.

Kitchens then used bold colors like yellow, blue and jadeite green with checkerboard floors and vivid patterns. Also prominent were the painted cabinets, glass knobs, vintage linens and conspicuous electrical appliances that were meant to be used for long periods. In those days, the throwaway mentality was unheard of and people preferred to repair and re-use rather than replace.

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Rare as they come, there are actually a few terrific websites out there that are dedicated to documenting and digitizing past kitchens. is one such website and we would highly recommend them if you are on the look out for such kitchens. Here are a few snaps from their collection:


1930 Armstrong Kitchen


1930 Retro Style ‘Chrome’ Kitchen


1935 Retro Kitchen with Pattern Flooring


1930s All Purpose Retro Kitchen

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by Pam Kueber is another website that provides inspirational pictures of retro style interiors. Here are a few from Pam’s collection.


1940s Retro Kitchen


1946 American Standard Kitchen


1948 St. Charles Kitchen


1953 Retro American Kitchen


1954 Armstong Kitchen

is yet another informative website that provides pictures of antique kitchens. Click and browse below to view a couple of Flickr Slideshows from them.


More 1950s Interiors


1960s Interiors

Loved the retro ones? You might like our post on modern classic furniture then. Or take a look at something at the other end of the spectrum: Ultra Futuristic Kitchens

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