Happy Monday, everyone! I am going to take a little detour from what I usually write about and discuss something a little different today. I’ve always been fascinated with history and trends throughout the decades. I am currently watching Downton Abbey (has anyone else watched it?) and I am absolutely in love with the set design, especially all of the kitchens! The show takes place in the early 1900’s and it’s fascinating to see how interiors have morphed since that time. I decided to do a little history homework and uncover how the kitchen has transformed over the years. Check it out below:
1920: The Hoosier Cabinet
The hoosier cabinet was very popular in the early 20th century. By 1920, more than 2 million of these cabinets had been sold. Very few homes at this time had built-in cabinets which made this a very popular item for kitchens. It had multiple cabinets for storage and a decent-sized workspace.
1930: The Refrigerator Came to Life
Well technically, it was called an icebox. An icebox was exactly what you think it is- a box of ice to keep food fresher for longer. By the 1930’s nearly every kitchen had one. It wasn’t under the 1950’s when true refrigerators were introduced into people’s homes.
1950: The Time of the Electric Range
By this time we’ve seen gas stoves and ovens, but now electric is the new trend. Everyone wanted electric because it meant a smaller appliances which was the big trend in the 50’s. In addition, more color is now being introduced into kitchen as it becomes the most popular room in the home.
1960: The Dishwasher Era
The 1960’s marked an important milestone in kitchen interiors as the dishwasher was finally introduced. Built-in cabinets were now a fundamental feature which is something we still see today.
1980: The Island
By now, the kitchen island is a necessity in any home. The kitchen is now a social space that caters to large groups of people.
1990: The Granite & Wood Obsession
This was the decade for granite, wood and less color. Homeowners opted for neutral tones and an abundance of appliances in the kitchen.
Now: The White & Modern Era of Kitchens
Today, kitchens like to take on more of a simplistic style. White on white is all the rage along with an abundance of smart appliances. Now, the kitchen is seen as a live-in space rather than just a room with a purpose.
And there you have it! Do you love through the years articles? Any other topics you want from me? Let me know down below!