Everything Old is New Again: Multi-colored Cabinets in the Kitchen

Everything Old is New Again: Multi-colored Cabinets in the Kitchen

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Nancy Mitchell
Jul 20, 2015

Trends in interior design, like fashion, tend to cycle in and out of favor. Every once in a while, when I'm Pinterest-bingeing on pictures of midcentury interiors, I'll find something that feels oddly current. Trendy, even. Like these quirky kitchens with cabinets in every color. Want to see the modern version? Everything old is new again.

Above: This vintage 1962 kitchen, spotted on House Decorators Collection, is from a book called 'Brighten Your Home with Colors You Like,' published by Pittsburgh Paints. Notice that the color extends beyond the cabinets to the backsplash, and even the paneling above. I've seen some 60s kitchens that look incredibly dated, but this one, with the open shelving and relatively simple cabinet designs, has actually aged quite well.

(Image credit: Oh So Lovely Vintage)

Here's the same idea, with the boldly colored cabinets (and a colorful countertop this time) in a vintage laminate ad from Oh So Lovely Vintage. There's no date on this one, but judging from the kitchen styling (and the dress on the lady in the background), I'm gonna guess the 1950s. The 1950s were definitely a time when designers weren't shy about bold, even riotous, color in the kitchen — but that kind of exuberance is slowly making a comeback.

(Image credit: Casa Vogue)

Now let's take a huge jump forward to the modern era, and this São Paulo apartment from Casa Vogue. Look familiar? This is almost the exact same approach we saw in the first picture, 50 years ago.

(Image credit: Linen House)

If you love the look but maybe aren't quite ready to embrace in-your-face color in the kitchen, you could take inspiration from this space from Linen House. The colored cabinets feel fresh and playful, but the pastel colors mean the overall look is a bit more subdued.

(Image credit: Dwell)

Orla Kiely is known for her colorful prints, so it's no surprise that her kitchen is equally colorful. As seen on Dwell, the colorfully cabineted kitchen gets a little twist in her home, with uppers and lowers supported by wrought iron legs, which give an almost midcentury feel. (And we've come full circle!)

What about you? Is this a look you would embrace in your kitchen — or is it just a little over the top?

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