1930s kitchen designs

Updated April 17, 2017

In the 1930s, kitchen designs were much different than today. Instead of the stainless steel kitchens that you find in modern kitchens, 1930 kitchen designs used bright and bold colours like yellow, blue and green, contrasted with patterned or checkerboard floors. If you're looking to 'retrovate' your kitchen to a 1930s design, or are simply curious about what kitchens were considered trendy back in yesteryear, here are some common designs that were popular in the 1930s.

Chic 1930s kitchen

The chic 1930s kitchen employs sharp-edged counter tops, cupboards and drawers. Modestly small black rectangular handles adorn the cabinets and drawers. The chic 1930s kitchen featured bright colours such as pink, green, or yellow, contrasted with a darker linoleum holes. The chic kitchen was a stylistic contrast between light and dark. Unlike the 1920s style kitchens, freestanding tables and Hoosiers were replaced by built-in cabinetry and counter tops in the chic 1930s kitchen.

1930 Chrome Kitchen

The chrome kitchen contrasts a chrome-coloured patterned linoleum floor with walls and counters painted in light, muted colours, such as pale yellow. Dark knobs adorn each drawer or cabinet, while metal framed furniture adds an almost modern feel to the decor. A white oven and hob adorn one corner of the kitchen. The chrome kitchen's mixture of soft colours and shimmering metal furniture adds stylistic interest to the kitchen's design.

1930 Kitchen with Patterned Flooring

For this style of 1930s kitchen, the only real design interest can be seen in the floor. Instead of having flooring with a simple motif, this 1930s kitchen floor has an intricate and complex pattern that might at first seem jarring to the eyes. The patterned flooring consists of opposite colours, such as white and black, to create a unique design interest. The pale-coloured walls are understated in contrast to the busy floor.

1930s All Purpose Kitchen

In some 1930s houses that lacked floorspace, the kitchen was actually a combination of several rooms. In one corner you will find a hob, an oven, shelving and drawers. Another wall is occupied by a washer, dryer and ironing table. The kitchen table is positioned nearby. Tile walls make this kitchen nearly impenetrable to messes from cooking and laundry. This all purpose kitchen was necessary in the 1930s, when homes were smaller, requiring builders and designers to make them space efficient.

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Missy Farage began her writing career in 2008 when her freelance articles were published in the Washington life-and-style journals "425 Magazine" and "South Sound Magazine." She has won awards for her poetry and writing. Farage holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Puget Sound.