The typical kitchen style of the 1930s included bright colors and accessories with a layout that was practical and efficient. During this decade, modern layouts were becoming increasingly popular, including increased storage and work space. Built-in cabinets became standard and, although the average home was fairly small, aided in increasing the functionality of the space. Homeowners looking to revive a vintage kitchen may use modern reproduction appliances with other traditional pieces to create a 1930s look.
Bright colors are key to 1930s kitchen design. The most common way to decorate walls was with wallpaper. This material usually incorporated patterns, particularly boomerangs, fruit and geometric patterns. A more modern take is to use paint in lime green, red, yellow or turquoise, which were the favorite colors at that time. You can temper them with more neutral cabinets, accents or flooring.
Flooring of the decade was fairly limited compared to today's options. Linoleum was one material that was rising in popularity during the decade. It provides a fairly inexpensive option with a variety of colors, durability and easy upkeep. As with wallpaper, flooring was rarely a single color. A black and white checkerboard was common. Modern linoleum is still durable, inexpensive and offers a wide variety of colors. Additional options include ceramic tile, concrete or stone, each of which you can pattern to resemble the 1930s checkerboard.
Cabinets of the era were usually simple in design and decoration. Most often they were flush with the countertop and installed both above and below the counters. There was most often little, if any, detail or woodwork, and the handles were generally plain rounded or rectangular metal pieces. Colors were similar to modern options, and usually accented the bright wall color with a lighter or darker hue that served as a compliment to the wall color. These tones are also good to tone down the brightness of the walls.
The types of appliances included in a 1930s kitchen varied greatly depending on the financial standing of the family. The range was perhaps the most common appliance, and was frequently the centerpiece of the room. A refrigerator may or may not have been present, and was usually the same color as the range. Since the 1930s didn't include dishwashers or microwaves, you should add these modern conveniences during a remodel. Modern homeowners may find authentic refurbished 1930s pieces from some online companies. A more realistic option is to find modern appliances that have a vintage design. This assures a more energy-efficient model and include a dishwasher that matches.
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