1940’s–Low Profile: There was a war happening, but that didn’t mean there weren’t changes. In fact, many of the staples of a 1940’s kitchen are still incorporated in our kitchens today. Fully functional items doubled as accessories. Stainless steel, for instance, was in short supply but low-profile pots and pans made their way into modern kitchens anyway. Additional hardware accessories that can still be seen today includes mason jars and oversized porcelain containers. Crystal and glass pull knobs for our drawers also made an appearance while colors remained neutral or, at the very least, muted.
1950’s–Bold and Beautiful: The post-war era brought kitchens to the forefront of family gatherings. Bright colors decorated walls and cabinets alike while floral wallpaper also began to take hold. Steel cabinets with stainless steel countertops were considered cutting-edge. Cabinets lined most walls and pull hardware went from delicate crystal and glass to a more substantial, solid look. Kitchen islands also took hold, forming the foundation for much more cabinet space to come.
1980’s–The New Generation: If you didn’t already know, the first generation of celebrity chefs on television appeared in the 80’s. They reinvigorated the desire to use the kitchen and helped push gold and green aside for a more sleek, modern look. The kitchen island became more than just extra counter space and morphed into additional storage containing bins and drawer space. Cookbook shelves found their way into homes along with pot racks, making it easier for cooks in the kitchen to grab what they needed instead of having to dig around for it. There was quite bit of white and steel happening–a fresh look to be sure.
Today: Kitchen are still huge, but they’re starting to reduce in size with a throwback to that 20’s style. That being said, today's kitchens still serve as a center point for modern families. In addition to (men and women) cooking there, children do their homework, the dog eats his breakfast, and guests will chatter over cocktails and appetizers until the wee hours. Cabinets boast an array of colors from neutral grays and creams to bursts of blue and red. Layered lighting under the cabinets adds an extra dash of moderns while high-end bamboo drawer organizers add a touch of class. A Docking Drawer kitchen charging station helps you keep high-end tech such as watches, tablets, and even laptops fully powered. Meanwhile non-slip mats keep everything right where you left it. Glideware keeps our pots and pans organized while Blum offers us hardware-free ways to open drawers.
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It’s easy to forget how far our kitchens and cabinets have come. Thanks to a little invention and always moving forward, the kitchen cabinet has been revolutionized into a beautiful, useable centerpiece of every home’s kitchen.
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