60 Years in Kitchens
Our kitchens. Once a lonely den for housewives and young children, now a place to catch up with your family, cook strange and wonderful foods and live life to the full with the people you love! A lot has changed in the last 60 years; from the role of women in the home to electric dishwashers and SieMatic's first handless cupboards, kitchens have adapted to our new way of living. So, we've put together our favourite examples of how kitchens have been used over the last half-century. Where does your style fit in?
1950s style kitchen
1950s kitchen design was bright: a big difference from the austerity of the Second World War. Commonly used colours were pink and turquoise, with various shades of yellow getting a look in too. Also appearing in the 50s: the first non-stick Teflon pans made women's lives a little easier come dinner time, and the frozen pizza found a place in our hearts (and freezers). Team this look with some chess-board style floor tiles and an Elvis Presley poster and you're onto a winner.
1960s style kitchen
Colour schemes progressed to 'autumnal' colours in the swingin' sixties, and minimalism started to appear in the mainstream with the first handleless kitchens from SieMatic. People began to see the kitchen as a place to splash their design talent, and the free-thinking attitude of the 60s saw some men take the reins.
1970s style kitchen
Surging on to the 70s, 'balanced' décor was a must. Unlike the 50s and 60s all furniture had to match and be made from the same materials. If you like the dark-wood-and-orange look, then this is the kitchen era for you! This is also the decade microwave ovens started to become common, saving hours of cooking time and giving rise to today's lovely microwave meals.
1980s style kitchen
Pastels were back, but with industrial fixtures such as pendant lights to keep style up-to-date. Pops of bold colour didn't go amiss either; hunter greens and bold reds were used to bring life to the kitchen through bright accessories. With more women setting out to make their millions in the corporate rat race, spaces to entertain and socialise were becoming more important.
1990s style kitchen
Not a huge jump from kitchen design in the 80s. Neutral colours were in with pale wooden cabinets. But by this point, people really started to see the importance of the kitchen and how it wasn't just a place to eat but a social area, so kitchens got larger and more spacious to fit in all the friends and family!
Modern style kitchen
Nowadays with modern kitchen design we're all about environmentally sustainable kitchens: from light bulbs to A+++ rated fridges. It's all about diversity when looking at kitchens now, as people strive to put their own stamp on their homes. Bohemian, minimalistic or farm-fresh themes – no two kitchens are the same.