Monday, September 6, 2010

Kitchens Date a House

If kitchens are so expensive to remodel or even update, then why don't more people try to design a kitchen that is timeless? (This picture and caption below just won't center!)

The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement,1970

Maybe we just don't know what makes a timeless kitchen yet?  The modern kitchen, after all, hasn't been around for very long.  

White House Kitchen 1910

The way we use the kitchen socially has evolved quite a bit.  For most of the 20th century, the kitchen was designed to be like a laundry room or a wood shop in the garage: a place for the expert to do their work and then present the finished product to the end users (the rest of the family).  

blogs.warwick.ac.uk, February 08, 2006

Why do we see the kitchen as such a gathering place now?  Is it because we have made cooking so simple that everyone can be involved?


I think that the role women in the family has changed the kitchen.

retrorenovation.com, 16 Vintage Kohler Kitchens


What colors and finishes and materials make a classic kitchen?  I haven't seen a kitchen yet that could fit into many different decades of design.  But some vintage kitchens are coming back into style.  This is a good sign that we won't be reinventing kitchen styles over and over again every decade.

architecture of kitchen interior design
kitchenbacksplashes.blogspot.com, Retro Kitchen Colors

Checkerboard floors seem to be timeless:

Mid 1930s kitchen
blogs.warwick.ac.uk, February 08, 2006


Joe Schmelzer Vintage Inspired Kitchen Black White Checker Board Floor Antique Stove
kitchenbacksplashes.blogspot.com, Black and White Kitchen Tiling Ideas


Can you tell that I am thinking philosophically about the choices I am making for our kitchen?!

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