How American Kitchens Have Changed Throughout The Decades

1920s: Paint The Cabinets

In the 1920s, designers began adding a lot of color to their kitchens. They painted the cabinets, added floral drapes, and laid down vibrant linoleum and rugs.

1920s kitchen
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University of New Hampshire/Gado/Getty Images

Since most appliances were still free-standing, there was very little counter space. A bulky, multi-task cooking stove consumed most of the space. Built-in cabinets and sinks appeared in new kitchens, but for many Americans, those were still free-standing. Dishwashers were still not seen in the average person’s home.