Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, AZ - 1970s Kitchens

October 22nd, 2008 · 19 Comments

Design Through the Decades - Part 10

Kitchens in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950s and 1960s were pretty much the same:  blond wood cabinets that showed off the wood grain.  By the 1970s, kitchen styles had changed.  Dark stained cabinetry was the new style in the 1970s.  Tiled counters were replaced with Formica counters.  Appliances had earthy colors with names like avocado green, burnt orange, and harvest gold.

Here’s a typical Phoenix kitchen from the 1970s.  The combo oven/range and upper oven was a popular upgrade.  Mostly, the oven and range were one unit, whereas in the 1960s they were separate pieces.
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This kitchen from 1971 featured avocado green appliances and matching Formica counters.  And very dark cabinets.  (Orange and red Formica counters were also popular)
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

How’s this for avocado green?
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Harvest gold oven/range.  Door handles were not important in the 1970s.
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1974 kitchen.
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

By the end of the 1970s, appliance colors were getting lighter.  Almond or bone or ivory were popular color choices.  The extended counter creating a breakfast bar was popular too.
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1978 kitchen.  With door handles!  Cabinet stain was starting to lighten up a bit.
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1979 kitchen.  Butcher block Formica counters were starting to catch on.
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Ornate cabinets.
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Check out these cabinets from a home in Glendale, Arizona.
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Kitchen in the early 1970s outside of Arizona.  Chic and stylish!
1970s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Tags: Kitchen · Design Through the Decades · 1970s

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 john // Oct 23, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Do you ever see pictures of the reddish color (copper) appliances from the 70’s?

  • 2 Leif // Oct 23, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Reddish brown appliances. I know what you mean. They are still out there in Phoenix kitchens. It’s just hard to find them. Many people remodel their kitchens in 40-year-old homes. If I find any photos, I’ll add them to the post.

  • 3 Scott // Oct 27, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Carol Brady, are you in there?

  • 4 Wren // Feb 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I absolutley love the 70s kitchen, Thanks for posting pictures. Wish I could get the old floorcovering in the old gold and avacoda green again. I still have a bit of things from my kitchen at that time.

  • 5 kc // Mar 24, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    i am going to try to bring back a 1971 home and save it for future generations to enjoy, much like we enjoy victorians today. why is everyone distroying everything 70’s? does anyone out there feel the same way? let’s hear it for popcorn ceilings with gold flecks!

  • 6 frank // Sep 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

    people are idiots and just go with the flow and fad. The fact is that 70s design was way nicer than anything designed today, in all areas, not just kitchens. People buy beautifully preserved, contemporary 70s houses around here and “update” them to gaudy old fashioned mediterranian style and it makes me sick. 7os style kitchens (the ones that were designed well) are very nice in comparison. The world war 2 generation knew how to design beautiful cars and houses, including the kitchens. This baby boomer generation is rebelling against that by doing their own thing and they suck, which gets me to politics….

  • 7 Paula // Jan 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    My house was built in 1981, but that double oven in the top post is exactly what I have in my house. Thankfully in almond instead of the gold. Still works just great too!

  • 8 Gavin Bornholtz // Jan 31, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Do you have any more pictures of the GE stove in the second picture down on this page? It’s the exact same model as the one we had in my childhood home.

  • 9 Charles // Mar 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I couldn’t agree more Frank. Couldn’t agree more. 70s design and style was FAR, FAR better than the CRAP that’s build today. My wife and I just bought a beautiful home built in 1971 and want to keep that look as much as possible. I pulled up one of the photos here on Google Images, loved it, and laughed OUT LOUD when I saw that it’s on a site called “uglyhousephotos”. Incredible. And yes, even politics will be much better when the baby boomers are gone.

  • 10 Michelle // Mar 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

    My mom is desperately looking for a combo oven/range and upper oven. Her original one broke and she just loved it. Any idea?

  • 11 Leif // Mar 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Michelle, it might qualify as an antique now. Try antique shops or mid-century retro stores. And then there’s CraigsList too.

  • 12 Barbara Clarke // Aug 16, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I have a Frigidaire double wall oven and matching cooktop. Doing a remodel and want to know if they are of any value? Everything works great except one of the burners on the cooktop. Thanks

  • 13 Leif // Aug 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Barbara, they hold no great value other than memories of someone’s childhood.
    They’d have to be a 1940s oven to have any retro value.

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    […] Somehow, in my post-workout hunger haste, I forgot to actually photograph the finished stir-fry.  Perhaps that’s for the better, because with the orange carrots, green brussels sprouts, and brown sauce, it had the color scheme of a 1970s kitchen.  It tasted a lot better than it looked, though! […]

  • 15 becky // Mar 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    FRANK! I totally agree with you. I just bought a house and was sad that I was unable to find one of those 1970’s gems. People think that an un-updated home isn’t sellable, but in my case it would have worked. I now am in the process of trying to recreate that look and it’s not easy. Everything now looks like a bad knock off of the real thing. This goes for cars, music and any type of design. If it isn’t from the 60’s or 70’s it just is boring and mass produced looking. :(

  • 16 TAM // Jun 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Guys, retrorenovation.com is the place to celebrate all that is mid-century modern, the 1970s, avocado green and harvest gold…take a peek

  • 17 amber // Nov 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love the 1970’s! I am attempting to redo my kitchen in all 1970’s things! I love that style and would love to be able to find apliances in those colors and curtins. I also saw pots and pans I wanna go all out and bring it all back!

  • 18 angela // Oct 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Trying to get inspired!!! I have a kitchen which was probably decorated last in the 70’s. Brown cabernets with gold trim, green walls and an open white fireplace. What colour floors should I use????? Suggestions most welcome

  • 19 margo // Oct 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I love and miss the 1970s and love to visit my parents’ house (now owned by my brother) with its kitchen redone about 1970 or ‘71! Avocado green appliances, dark cabinets and all!

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