1940s Kitchen Decor

Explore ideas for 1940s kitchen decor, and prepare to add classic and lively touches to your kitchen design.

Gourmet Kitchen With Neutral Cabinets and Stainless Steel Appliances

White Gourmet Kitchen

1940s kitchen decor often reflected a transitional interior design style, as families began to move from traditional furniture, fixtures and decor to more modern materials and designs.

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Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Blue Coastal Kitchen

Multicolored Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

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Green and Brown Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Creamy White Country Kitchen

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Mixed-Color Mediterranean Kitchen

Transitional Stainless Steel Kitchen

Black and Brown Traditional Kitchen

Brown Wood Old-World Kitchen

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Neutral Traditional Kitchen With Island

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Mixed-Color Tuscan Kitchen

Cherry and Emerald Modern Zen Kitchen

Black Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Brown and Neutral Tuscan Country Kitchen

Neutral and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen

Cherry and White Traditional Kitchen

Red Modern Kitchen

Green Transitional Kitchen

Brown Kitchen With Contemporary and Rustic Elements

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Arts and Crafts Kitchen With Yellow Cabinets

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Abe Jerome

Neutral and Blue Rustic Kitchen

Copper and Cherry Kips Bay Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Vaulted Ceiling

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Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Blue Rustic Kitchen

Brown Modern Kitchen and Dining Room

White Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen With Reclaimed Wood

Brown Old-World Kitchen

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Brown Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen

White & Gray Country Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Red Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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White Contemporary Kitchen

Brown Traditional Kitchen

Turquoise Transitional Kitchen

White and Gray Modern Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Turquoise Tropical Galley Kitchen

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

White Traditional Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

White and Red Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island

Green and White Modern Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

White Country Kitchen

Black-and-White Modern Kitchen

Beige Transitional Kitchen

Beige Old-World Kitchen

Brown & Gray Modern Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Mixed-Color Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional White Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

White Contemporary Galley Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island Seating

White Contemporary Kitchen

White and Stainless Steel Modern Kitchen

Neutral Modern Kitchen

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Yellow Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Open Contemporary Kitchen

White and Gray Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional Kitchen With Wood, Stainless & Marble

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

White & Gray Kitchen With Farmhouse Table

Neutral Old-World Kitchen With Island

White Contemporary Shaker Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Warm Wood Tones

Brown and White Contemporary Kitchen

Warm, White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Island

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Gioi Tran

Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Urban Kitchen With Green Tile and Light Wood

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Ben Herzog

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Espresso and Stainless Contemporary Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

Brown Transitional Kitchen With Tile Backsplash

Green and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Andrew Bruah View original photo.

White Transitional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Island

White Townhome Kitchen

From

Ben Herzog

Many of the decor elements popular in 1940s kitchens can be found in kitchens to this day, especially among homeowners with a desire to reflect a classic, vintage style in their kitchen design.

While cooking accessories and implements may not immediately come to mind when you imagine kitchen decor, in fact they can be a key element of the overall design. For 1940s-style kitchens, there are a number of great options for decor pieces that can do double duty as fully functional kitchen accessories. Simple and straightforward and often low-profile pots and pans in stainless steel were a staple of 1940s kitchens, especially during WWII, when steel and other metals were in short supply. During the late 1940s post-war period, these items began to transform from simple, functional items into sleeker, more modern pieces, as modern kitchen design become more popular.

Color schemes were, and remain, an important feature of any 1940s kitchen decor. Most 1940s kitchens kept wall colors neutral, or, if they used color, relied on muted shades of orange, yellow, blue or green. Flooring, countertops, tabletops, curtains and storage accessories were often used to add pops of color, featuring bolder reds, blues, greens and oranges.

Building on the transitional theme, many 1940s kitchens retained aspects of traditional or country kitchens. Although their occupants might have been a generation or more removed from the rustic and pastoral traditions that those styles reference, items like toile, floral or plaid curtains, seat and bench cushions were still hugely popular, often adding color and light to the design. Wallpaper was popular as well, also often depicting rustic or pastoral scenes or featuring flora and fauna liberally.

Storage in 1940s kitchens was not commonly expansive, so many homeowners would store kitchen supplies in mason jars or other large glass or porcelain containers. These can still be an important part of a 1940s-style kitchen, offering an opportunity to display attractive vintage containers on countertops or shelving, and providing a functional storage option at the same time.

Artwork can be an integral part of 1940s kitchen decor. As is the case with curtains, seat cushions and pillows, artwork may at times reference pastoral traditions, featuring subjects like farmscapes, animals or taxonomical plant sketches.

Hardware accessories can also add great visual interest to a 1940s-style kitchen, with items like crystal or glass pulls for drawers or doorknobs for storage pantries a potentially great touch.

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