About 1920s kitchen decor

Updated April 17, 2017

The average 1920s kitchen, although less advanced than modern day kitchens, maintained a bold style still imitated by many interior designers today. Kitchens of that era were built with efficiency in mind, making this decor perfect for those with limited kitchen space.


Black, white and yellow dominated kitchen themes in the 1920s, followed closely by bright shades of green, blue and red, also paired with black and white. Floors and walls were covered in art-deco style tiles and often arranged in large decorative patterns. Countertops kept to the colour scheme and were usually made from flat, easy-to-clean surfaces such as marble.


Small appliances were rare in the 1920s; modern day technology was undiscovered then, making iceboxes and stoves the only widely used items. These were usually white in colour, and featured large, simple handles and rounded edges. Around the mid to late 1920s, stainless steel started to gain popularity in appliances.


Ornamental lamps, large rugs and statuettes were commonplace in the hedonistic era shortly after WWI. Gaudy trinkets, such as baubles, masks and vases from foreign lands, adorned shelves and tabletops. It was also popular to cover hard surfaces such as tabletops with lengths of lace or ardass, a thin, silk-like material. Because of the limited space offered in most 1920s kitchens, these accessories were limited to one or two pieces.

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Danielle Hansen began writing professionally in 2006. Her work can be found on various websites, specializing in home improvement, gardening, food and craft articles. Hansen is currently studying business administration at Globe University.