What Was Kitchen Decor Like in the '70s?

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What Was Kitchen Decor Like in the '70s?
Macrame crafts were common in the 1970s kitchen. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The bright, minimalistic look fashionable in kitchens of today was nowhere to be found in the 1970s. Kitchens back then were dark spaces with heavy-looking cabinetry, earth-tone colours and hanging plants. Accessories were added to give the kitchen the jam-packed feeling associated with the era. Print cotton fabrics for curtains and seating completed the typical kitchen of the 1970s.


Dark wood cabinets and earth tones were all the rage in the 1970s. Large appliances like refrigerators and small appliances like blenders came in colours like harvest gold, avocado green and copper tone bronze. Other earth tones that were used for kitchen decor were brown, mustard yellow, rust brown and all shades of orange.

Flower Power

Flowers were everywhere in the 1970s. Flower magnets and stickers were placed on the refrigerator and on wall clocks. Dish towels with flowers like daisy prints and tumblers sporting flowery designs were fashionable at the time.


Mushrooms, owls and little forest friends appeared in kitchen decor Many homes had a version of the three-piece canister set from Sears with whimsical spotted mushrooms on the sides and a brown, shiny mushroom cap-shaped top. Wallpaper of the era featured natural themes like grapevines, baskets of flowers, fruit and repeat floral designs.


The kitchen of the 1970s sometimes came with cotton fabric that matched the wallpaper. This fabric was often used to make curtains and upholster kitchen chairs and stools. Built-in kitchen nooks covered in coordinating fabric were also common. Kitchen graphics of vegetables, nutmeg jars, pitchers, measuring cups, coffee grinders and baskets were everywhere on fabric.


People in the 1970s accessorised their kitchens with plastic wall hangings in the shape of kitchen objects like pitchers. Collectable items like old milk jugs sometimes filled with dried flowers, spice racks, washboards and tin containers were common. Pictures made of grains and dried beans were used as accessories to decorate the walls of the kitchen. Mirrors and accessories in chrome and silver were also used.

Macramé, Beads and Handmade Ceramics

Macramé was all over the kitchen in the 1970s. The favourite use for macramé was for wall hangings and as holders for hanging plants like spider plants. Carved wooden beads were often woven into the macramé as embellishment. Many people learnt how to make their own macramé items for kitchen decoration, and some even learnt to make pottery or at least paint their own ceramics for bowls and planters.

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