The Evolution of Kitchen Style in the Late 20th Century

ā€‹Recollection Road did a series of videos that revisit the kitchen of each decade in the mid-to-late 20th century, showing us typical decor, supplies, and gadgets. They may be just a nostalgic trip through your childhood, or they may inspire some retro design ideas. It begins with the 1950s, at the height of the suburban housewife era. The kitchen was the heart of the home, and everything about it was advertised as crucial to a perfect domestic life. New gadgets were being developed and sold constantly, and we went wild over them. That push for innovation continued in the 1960s.

The 1970s gave us a pseudo-hippie vibe in the kitchen. The brown-orange-avocado look has not aged well. The wicker furniture didn't last long anyway.

I have a pass-through, although someone closed it on the dining room side and it's just a handy shelf now. Still have the crockpot, but all that's left of the fondue pot is the forks. My kitchen seems more 1980s than anything, even though it was last remodeled in the 2000s. Skip to 1:10 to begin the next video.

My home is 120 years old, and the decor reflects that everywhere but the kitchen. A 1900s kitchen wouldn't work at all in that small space. I know because I've had one of those kitchens before. But I would like to make it resemble some bygone style anyway. Maybe I should look to the typical 1940s kitchen. Those at least had built-in cabinets.

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