As an example, a kitchen from the early 1960s would appear like the one above—sleek, angular, and understated—while one from the later part of the decade might have vibrant colors and Space Age lines. More of the dining room and less of the kitchen The two rooms are separated by clean, wood-veneered cabinets. Above the stove, there's a refrigerator/freezer. A dishwasher was still rare in this era.
The appliances in this picture are from the late 1950s or early 1960s. Refrigerators at that time were huge, taking up a whole wall of the house. They contained ice boxes for making ice cubes to be used in cocktails or cold drinks generally. Freezers were smaller but still took up a large portion of the kitchen floor space. They usually contained slab ice, which is frozen water with some salt mixed in; this is an efficient way to store ice for use in beverages. Ice machines were also new then, first coming onto the market in the mid-1950s. They worked by inserting a metal rod into the door and allowing water to flow through it and over the rods exterior case which removed the heat from the water causing it to freeze.
Electricity came into more common use after World War II, so most kitchens were now equipped with refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers. This allows us to forget about all those old ways of cooking and instead focus on the modern conveniences that come with modern kitchens.
If we pick the most common kitchen element/feature from each of the above, the most popular kitchen design is as follows:
The vast majority of residences built in 1945 will not be this contemporary. But give it a few years. It's unusual to see a clean, colorful, modern kitchen in a 1930s kitchen. This image was submitted by a Flickr user of the Henry Ford Museum's Home Arts area in Dearborn, Michigan. As with our last illustration of a Thirties kitchen, we see white oak cabinetry with black painted trim. The appliances are mostly electric, but we do see an icebox in this image. Iceboxes were very popular from around 1920 to 1950. They were usually made out of wood and had a metal door that opened to the side of the house. There was no need for a refrigerator in a home without a garage. In fact, most families didn't have a garage until after World War II, so this is how they kept their food cold.
There are some differences between the 1938 and 1947 editions of the House Beautiful magazine. For example, the magazines for these years look almost exactly alike except for the date on the cover. However, they were not published at the same time. House Beautiful released its first issue in June 1937. It wasn't until January 1948 that they came out with another issue. So if you're looking for a specific feature (such as an article on kitchen remodels) then you'll need to check more than one issue of House Beautiful.
However, if you are just looking for decorating ideas during these times periods then you can focus on the similarities rather than the differences between the magazines.
The original cabinets were rather old. They weren't the type of cabinets that could be readily repainted and restyled. The original kitchen's storage was abysmal. Every corner cabinet in the kitchen was blind, which meant that portion of the cabinet's interior was extremely difficult to access. As you can imagine, this made it very difficult to organize or store items in these corners.
Over time, this lack of organization led to a lot of wasted space in the kitchen. Also, I'm sure that some people were using this poorly designed cabinet arrangement as an excuse not to clean out their kitchens.
In any case, the original kitchen design was done in such a way that it allowed for little flexibility in storage or organization. It was basically a box with a hole in the middle of it!
Later on, when the house was updated, they replaced the old cabinets with modern versions. However, they didn't change the layout or design of the kitchen, so all of the problems with the original design remained.
Nowadays, most houses are built with modern appliances, so they usually have different storage requirements than older homes. For example, most newer homes have refrigerators that eat up a lot of space if not used properly. If your home has similar appliances, make sure you get cabinets that will fit them before you start shopping for new counters. Otherwise, you'll be stuck buying everything else separately.
European kitchen cabinets are frequently basic and plain, with smooth surfaces, little or no hardware, and flush doors. Natural materials are commonly used in traditional kitchen design for cabinets, worktops, flooring, and furnishings. These kitchens tend to be small, but efficient. The emphasis is on functionality and utility rather than appearance.
The term "European kitchen" has become somewhat of a misnomer today, as many countries outside of Europe have adopted some aspect of the European design culture. However, these kitchens do retain their popular image due to their simplicity and lack of ornamentation.
In general, European styles can be defined by their use of simple shapes, straight lines, and functional furniture. The aesthetics generally involve natural materials such as wood, stone, and clay along with simple colors like white, black, and gray. The overall feeling of these rooms is clean and uncluttered.
Traditional European kitchens were usually located on the ground floor of the house and had an open plan design with the cooking area separated only by a countertop from the dining area. These kitchens would typically include a single sink for washing dishes and cleaning vegetables at one end of the kitchen, with the hot water heater located near the other end. A water line would normally run from the street main into the kitchen to provide water for drinking and cooking purposes.