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While our focus may be kitchen remodeling in Dallas, we’re sure it comes as no surprise that looking back at interior design trends brings out the history buff in us! A century ago our home’s kitchens were uninviting utility rooms with exposed pipes, and now family kitchens are the heart of the American home. We sure have come a long way. Let’s take a look.

The cooking stove is changing lives, now we can multi-task by boiling, baking and cleaning much easier with the new “enamel finishing” on surfaces. Although it wasn’t a household staple yet, a non-electric dishwasher was ready for domestic use by 1924. Appliances like waffle irons and toasters were already available, metal cabinets, and stainless steel counters were what most kitchens had, the designs were pretty basic before kitchens were gathering areas.

’30s & ’40s
A more streamlined gas stove commonly had “over the sink” shelves or storage to help use space efficiently. The washing machine joins us in the 40’s, but with no laundry room its home was often in the kitchen. The “breakfast nook” or comfy booth-style family eating area was getting trendy, and those metal kitchen cabinets were still going strong.

There were so many different kitchen styles evolving! Bold pastels and colorful linoleum floors were now focal points in the room. Bigger refrigerators and freezers were being made that were easier to clean, could store more and changed how often we had to shop. Know how fashion trends repeat themselves? Like walking through the mall with your kids and seeing the 80’s jumpsuits for sale that you wore as a young adult? The open floor plan we love today was becoming a hit back in the 50’s. Some midcentury homes had more open floor plans so there was space to dine and socialize. Besides this new combination of kitchen and dining area, we got the stand-mixer appliance and more white enamel.

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Colorful themes like the modern gold, orange and “avocado green” showed up and were still rockin’ kitchens up until the 80’s. Some of the geometric patterns featured on wallpaper and tile got more floral in the later 60’s. U-shaped kitchens kept surfaces and appliances close without being completely closed off by walls, this allowed for more storage, counter space and natural light. Peg boards held up our pots and pans and vinyl wallpaper really popped. Fashion trends definitely impacted interior design back then, it wasn’t uncommon to run into the kitchen for your favorite snack and Mom’s dress blended in with the kitchen cabinetry.

The blessed microwave has arrived. Design elements have you seeing more foil wallpaper, wood cabinets, bright counters and appliances. Remember the faux wood finish that would make the fridge blend in with the rest of the cabinets? Yeah, that just started. Some kitchen islands were even tiled on every surface. We start to see more shiny copper, rustic wood grain and backsplash tiled from authentic stone. Check out how the 70’s kitchen got really wild. 

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Kitchen islands and windows got bigger right as our hairstyles did. More natural light, open shelves, and no more sink to get your drink. This is when the built-in water and ice dispensers on the fridge changed our lives. Lighter, brighter countertops and wall colors were the trend, and appliances were now made in black, white and ivory and less in the funky “modern” colors of the 60’s and 70’s. We start to see a little space for the kitchen television to be, and family interaction in the kitchen continues to increase. Now brace yourself, the country-kitchen style has arrived and it’s going to explode in the 90’s.
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So far we have had lots of wood, laminate, and formica countertop materials. Granite really makes an entrance now, and there’s more brass hardware and light wood finishes. Much more subtle colors were used on walls and decorative patterns, and the “farmhouse kitchen” with rustic decor and open shelves bring a little personality to the neutral ’90s kitchen trends. Borrowing from restaurant styles, really high end home kitchens started sporting bigger ranges and refrigerators.

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So the wacky wallpaper, geometric and floral patterns are still gone and beige is in, as in beige literally took over American homes. Backsplashes become more of a focal point, while cabinetry and tables are still more neutral in color. Later in the 2000s we see the space planning be geared even more for social gatherings, the kitchen is very clearly the heart of our homes now. We see more wood floors, marble counters and white cabinetry. Towards the end of this decade, the sleek, bright white kitchen and deep sinks are here to stay.

The cooktop isn’t playing around now. New digital technology has given us even more high-tech kitchen appliances that maximize utility while still giving off a beautiful, modern feel. The range hood is a great example. Cherry and maple are still some of the most popular wood used, but the light or distressed finishes on cabinets are fading out. Pendant light fixtures start getting attention and really change up how we brighten and decorate. Stainless steel appliances are still a favorite and backsplash trends are everything from subway, scalloped, harlequin tiles to white or grey marble. Remember how granite got serious in the ’90s? Well, this is when quartz starts catching up in popularity.

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Future Kitchen Trends…. So what do we think is next?
We specialize in complete kitchen renovation, and love that there’s currently so many options for flooring, countertops, and storage. We use space planning and floor plan design to help homeowners bring their kitchens into the 21st century. Whether you and loved ones are spending time cooking, eating, doing homework, charging phones, catching up, or making plans, you deserve the perfect kitchen for your needs. We know the clever, concealed storage, and rustic or vintage vibes we’ve been putting into kitchen remodeling projects will stick with us in the future. 2020 shows us we’ll keep seeing great hints of color paired with more natural or neutral hues, stained and painted woods that add warmth, and even items like a glass-front cabinet or some open shelving. While kitchen surfaces are staying more sleek and simple, our interior designer helps our clients snag the perfect, bold colors for textures and appliances to make your new space perfect.

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