Kitchens Through the Decades

July 17th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Last fall we highlighted Phoenix area kitchens as they looked in different decades, from the 1950s to the 2000s.  You’ll find all the posts linked here.

This is a Phoenix kitchen built in 1960.

1960 kitchen Phoenix home house

House Beautiful magazine and website now has slideshows available of kitchens from around the US from each decade too.  The links per decade are found below.

1950s slide show

1960s slide show

1970s slide show - foil wallpaper

1980s slide show - hanging baskets and, ick, pot racks

1990s slide show - brass milk jugs?

2000s slide show - lots of exposed cabinets and more pot racks

Tags: Phoenix Homes · 1950s · 1960s

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sue // Jul 17, 2009 at 2:37 am

    This was such a great series you did! I really enjoyed seeing how houses were done through the years.

  • 2 WildCard45 // Jul 17, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I had cook top like that once, many, many moons ago… Came in avocado green, partner up with just as ugly yellow refrigerator and even uglier double oven in white …YUCKY~We remodel sold the place~ :)

  • 3 Laura // Sep 25, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Your site is great. The house beautiful slideshow is a bit of a letdown though because it is slides of showroom kitchens, and let’s face it, 95% of people never had, and never will have, a kitchen that looks like a magazine editors idea of a designer kitchen. I wish I had pics of the kitchens that I have had through my life…now they was old skool!

  • 4 Sophie // Mar 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

    re housebeautiful slide shows.
    sorry to say that a good set of ‘90 and 2000 photos are worth your uglyhouse stamp. new kitchens with ugly ugly tiles, or worse, ridiculous reinterpretation of old classics to be “vintage” in a ugly way (checker tiles? on the WALL?)

    what is ugly is a missmatch or missuse of something. But a pristine “just old” kitchen is not that bad. the kitchen above would only need some fresh paint on the wall and a good scrub to look “well maintain” - which adds value (refacing is easy and not so expensive when the bones are DRY, without MOLD, or structural problems! not mentioning that the boxes from an old kitchen are with certainty better built than cheapy home improvement particle board new boxes - thus doubling the value of a simple refacing project)

  • 5 Leif // Mar 15, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Sophie,
    The Design Through the Decades feature was meant as a bonus, not as highlighting every design from 1950 to 2009 as “ugly.” It was only to show home design changes over time. Sorry for the confusion.
    I have a 1960 kitchen similar to the one in the photo above. I love my old kitchen.

  • 6 fallout11 // May 6, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Ah, “Coppertone”! Very popular in the early to mid 60’s for appliances, kitchens, bathrooms, etc., replacing “Aqua” as the color scheme dejour. Replaced by “Avocado Green” in the late 60’s-early 70’s.
    My grandma had an identical Frigidaire brand push-button range top and built-in oven with analog clock and timer (a GM subsidiary at the time). Classy!
    Very poor cabinet placement/design on the far right though, over the oven. No way to reach those suckers, should have brought the doors out flush with the oven and lower cabinets.

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