The 1950s kitchen


Dear Blogging friends and family, 

Welcome to Tuesday (if you are in Australia, or Monday for those elsewhere), 

A little bit of fun to brighten up your day (!!)

After sharing with you last week the pink bathroom, I though it would be fun to visit some 1950's kitchens and yes, I was able to locate a few pink ones plus yellow, green, blue and white!! Colour, or more correctly the pastels was very fashionable in the 1950s. They make our modern kitchens look rather lacking in character. 

What do you think? — fan or not?

Women of the 1950s were so proud of their new kitchens. They had come out of the war years and wanted something bright, new, slick and "advanced" and they were compared to kitchens of previous decades. They came with all the mod-cons and made cooking easier than ever and I can imagine women eager to cook in them. 

Whilst I wouldn't want a 1950s style kitchen in my own house, they do bring back sweet memories of my childhood as I can remember going into older homes and seeing kitchens just like these. 

What colour is your favourite? I quite like the pale yellow or the blue (quite calming) — pink is just not quite the right colour for cooking and green is too hospital looking to me!! 

What colour is your current kitchen - mine is blue and white and red appliances. 

Have a fabulous day dear friends and I will chat with you tomorrow.

Finding joy (its not hard to find)

xxxx





This bright yellow would be far too hard first thing in the morning - I would certainly wake up with a shock!!






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Comments

  1. What a fun post! I love seeing all the old kitchens! As a side note...I grew up with a carpeted kitchen. Of course it seemed perfectly normal growing up because that's all I knew, but looking back, I am so grossed out! (I hope I'm not offending somebody with a carpeted kitchen!! If so, please forgive me!! :) ) With all the spilling that goes on--at least in my house now--I just can't imagine it! I don't see carpet in any of these pictures, so I wonder if that was popular in the 70's or just a preference of my parents. (I actually currently have carpet in my bathroom, which I think is kind of gross, too, but not as bad as a kitchen.) My current kitchen has buff walls, brown cabinets/shelving, hardwoods and granite counters. I love to decorate in neutrals with a just a touch of color here and there.

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    1. Guess what - i grew up in a house with carpet in the kitchen and i can remember my parents putting it down when I was young. It was a special nylon that was easier to clean than normal carpet - but I see where you are coming from !!!! I would never put it in my kitchen now - imagine the grease build-up :))

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    2. No way! That's so funny! Yeah...no...I just can't imagine. :)-

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  2. I couldn't really do a pastel kitchen. I think the pale yellow one is really pretty, but yellow is not a color that I look good next to! My kitchen has tan walls, brown wood cabinets on top, black cabinets on the bottom and silver appliances. The stainless steel appliance are the thing right now, but frankly they are driving me crazy! I can't seem to get and/or keep them clean-looking. It actually looks better than it sounds, but my dream kitchen would be a wood "mountain lodge" look with new vintage-styled appliances in red.

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    1. We have stainless steel splash back behind the hotplates and the grease on it drives my husband spare and he is always cleaning it - i couldn't imagine it on appliances (but everyone seems to want it these days). I have off white cupboards and they drive me made - trying to keep them clean when a 23 year old son likes to cook and fling food all over the place is a nightmare :)))

      All the appliances I have bought (stand master etc..) are red and I love those splashes of colour in my kitchen.

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  3. Oooh I love these! I'd definitely do a pastel kitchen! I love the pink and yellow the best! I've just started up a Vintage Show & Tell linky party, if you want to come link up!

    Blessings,
    Sarah

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    1. I have just popped over and linked up :))

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  4. My husband makes kitchens and, alas, none of his clients have asked for anything like this yet...maybe I will!

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    1. Perhaps sometime soon!!! But not from me :))

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  5. My kitchen cabinets look just like that yellow kitchen. We are getting ready to paint it white on top and red on the bottom. We just had a few more cabinets added to the backside of the kitchen. We are super excited about it.

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    1. Making changes around the house is always very exciting - they do say that change is as good as a holiday and i think that is probably right!! enjoy.

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  6. What a lovely post, my sweetest friend, with images comunicating such a joyful atmosphere !
    Thank you for sharing, darling,
    have a most beautiful end of the week
    Dany

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    1. So glad you enjoyed these - didn't these kitchens have so much more personality compared to our modern kitchens that sometimes are so stream line that they lack warm and that homey feel.

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  7. I like the yellow.
    Have a terrific weekend,
    Laura

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    1. Thankyou Laura - my weekend was quiet but pleasant - they way I quite like them these days!!

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  8. I like the pink, when my parents bought their first house, they have to choose the color of their kitchen, at to our dismay they choose olive green. We the kids were in love with the pink samples they shows us. So sad, but I love a pink kitchen or bathroom.

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    1. Did you every grew to like the olive green? My parents had a beautiful green tile in the bathroom which I always loved.

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  9. You should go and see this blog. http://retrorenovation.com/. It is amazing midcentury site.

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  10. I definitely could not do yellow or pink. The pink is to reminding of pepto bismal! I love the blue and aqua. As I do not remember and 1950's kitchens I do love the elegance they represented.

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    1. I think modern kitchens are very streamline but lack any elegance or warmth to them. Character lacking!!

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  11. Wow, have things changed!! But, I still love a tablecloth on the kitchen table.......

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    1. I grew up with a table cloth on the table, we never ate a meal without it - these days they are a rare sight (including in my own home)!! I must do a blog post about table clothes!!Thankyou for the idea.

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  12. These are darling! I think I like the calming softness of the second one. My own kitchen is black, brown and with hints of red.... Fun post!

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    1. I do find the second one much calmer - the bright red one is just too much for me!!! I have blue, cream and splashes of red!

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  13. I agree with you - no pink, gaudy yellow or green kitchens for me! I quite like the pastel blue and yellow one. Mine is blue and white, as you know, and I have lots of red accents in my pantry (Tupperware lids and a red kitchenaid processor). I remember green in our kitchen growing up - ewwww!! ;)

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    1. How things change!!! Sometimes for the better !!

      PS this was a popular post !!!

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