1930s Kitchen Designs


In the 1930s, kitchen designs were much different than today. Instead of the stainless steel kitchens that you find in modern kitchens, 1930 kitchen designs used bright and bold colors like yellow, blue and green, contrasted with patterned or checkerboard floors. If you're looking to 'retrovate' your kitchen to a 1930s design, or are simply curious about what kitchens were considered trendy back in yesteryear, here are some common designs that were popular in the 1930s.

Chic 1930s kitchen

  • The chic 1930s kitchen employs sharp-edged counter tops, cupboards and drawers. Modestly small black rectangular handles adorn the cabinets and drawers. The chic 1930s kitchen featured bright colors such as pink, green, or yellow, contrasted with a darker linoleum holes. The chic kitchen was a stylistic contrast between light and dark. Unlike the 1920s style kitchens, freestanding tables and Hoosiers were replaced by built-in cabinetry and counter tops in the chic 1930s kitchen.

1930 Chrome Kitchen

  • The chrome kitchen contrasts a chrome-colored patterned linoleum floor with walls and counters painted in light, muted colors, such as pale yellow. Dark knobs adorn each drawer or cabinet, while metal framed furniture adds an almost modern feel to the decor. A white oven and stove top adorn one corner of the kitchen. The chrome kitchen's mixture of soft colors and shimmering metal furniture adds stylistic interest to the kitchen's design.

1930 Kitchen with Patterned Flooring

  • For this style of 1930s kitchen, the only real design interest can be seen in the floor. Instead of having flooring with a simple motif, this 1930s kitchen floor has an intricate and complex pattern that might at first seem jarring to the eyes. The patterned flooring consists of opposite colors, such as white and black, to create a unique design interest. The pale-colored walls are understated in contrast to the busy floor.

1930s All Purpose Kitchen

  • In some 1930s houses that lacked floorspace, the kitchen was actually a combination of several rooms. In one corner you will find a stove top, an oven, shelving and drawers. Another wall is occupied by a washer, dryer and ironing table. The kitchen table is positioned nearby. Tile walls make this kitchen nearly impenetrable to messes from cooking and laundry. This all purpose kitchen was necessary in the 1930s, when homes were smaller, requiring builders and designers to make them space efficient.

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