Everything Old is New Again: Pink Kitchens, Then and Now

Everything Old is New Again: Pink Kitchens, Then and Now

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 6, 2014

The 50s were a very colorful time for home decor, and not just in the living room or bedroom. These days white cabinets are the norm, or maybe grey if you're feeling really bold, but in the 40s and 50s you regularly saw kitchens in shades of blue, green, and even yes, pink. A pink kitchen may never again be at the top of everyone's wishlist... but a few brave souls are bringing the look back.

The kitchen up top (from Mid Century Home Style, via their Flickr) is from 1956, and it is very, very pink. But it seems positively restrained compared to the one above (also from Mid Century Home Style), where the walls, cabinets, and even the door are painted a rosy hue — with navy blue accents, which are a nice but unexpected touch. This kitchen dates all the way back to 1940, which means that, although it's a little hard for us to imagine, the kitchen pictured at the top of this page was already the 'modern' version of the look.

And now let's take a great leap forward to the modern era, where some brave folks (you can read about them in this Vancouver Sun article) trusted their decorator to create a pink kitchen for them. The stainless countertop, backsplash and pulls make this read a little more modern — although it's definitely not for the faint of heart.

Pink in the kitchen doesn't have to be quite as in-your-face, though. This space (from House to Home) features just a few cabinets painted in a pale, pale pink.

Although the color of the cabinets in this kitchen (from Beautiful Kitchens) is intense, all the white in the room helps to balance it out.

For this kitchen from Design Sponge, a secondhand cabinet was painted a pale pink. The effect is subtle and warm and pretty.

And finally, from Home Stories, here's something that pretty much anyone who's craving a little pink in the kitchen can pull off — a pale pink backsplash. Painting the area between your upper and lower cabinets with a (high-gloss, for ease of cleanup) pink paint will have the whole kitchen feeling rosy.

What do you think? Would you consider a pink kitchen — or do you think this look deserves to stay in the past?

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