1960s Kitchens: From Jet-Age to Funkadelic

  • 01 of 05

    This Kitchen Is From 1962

    1962 Kitchen
    Via UglyHousePhotos.com

    Remodeling a 1960s kitchen? It's no simple task, since the Sixties were a time of great change. So, a kitchen from the early Sixties might look like the one above--sleek, angular, and understated--while one from the latter half of the decade might exhibit bold colors and Space Age lines.

    About This Kitchen

    Great photo, less of the kitchen and more of the dining area. But still, what we do see is incredible. Clean, wood-veneered cabinets dividing the two areas. Refrigerator inset into cabinets....MORE Formica or ​another type of laminate counters. Ceiling swooping up into the heavens. I have no idea of the exact year, but I guess 1962.

    Want to get these kitchen cabinets?  Cabinets are one kitchen feature that usually do not last through the ages.  Try IKEA or Porcelanosa, a Spanish company that makes sleek cabinetry.

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  • 02 of 05

    1960 Kitchen

    1960s Kitchen

    This kitchen is from 1960. With its use of natural wood cabinetry, it could pass for a close-to-contemporary kitchen. Appliances are neutral colors (no harvest yellow or avocado). Flooring is non-threatening. And that copper, that Sixties copper.

    But who's watching the baby?

    If you're remodeling a kitchen like this, you may want to look at plank flooring (resilient material, not real wood), engineered marble counters, and faux wood beams.

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  • 03 of 05

    Late Sixties Kitchen, 1969: Solid Color Laminate

    Kitchen 1969
    Kitchen 1969. Flickr Sandiv999

    Taking us to the very end of the Sixties, a kitchen from 1969: a solid-color yellow laminate counter.

    It's not easy to find good solid color laminate. Originators of the stuff, WilsonArt and Formica, have a paltry selection of solid color laminates.

    But thanks to Retro Renovation we know of Arpa USA, a maker of some very retro solid color, Brady-Bunchesque laminates.

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  • 04 of 05

    1969 Kitchen With Brick Cabinetry

    Kitchen Brick Cabinets

    It seems like everything in the late Sixties had to be over-the-top, and kitchens too. This kitchen doesn't come out and hit you over the head like some of these Op-Art, Warhol'd kitchens from this period--but look at that cabinetry.

    Kitchen cabinets made from brick? At first I thought these were conventional cabinet "boxes" with brick around them, but now I swear that the brick is the box itself.

    And if not, it's sure meant to convey that impression. These funky flourishes are...MORE precisely the type of thing that the next homeowner, ten years later, was ripping out with disgust.

    Get a load of that stove vent hood, too.

    This comes from a great Flickr photostream from user Sandiv 999.

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  • 05 of 05

    Your Friend's Mother's Kitchen From 1969

    Kitchen in Harvest Gold
    Kitchen in Harvest Gold.

    I give you this picture because it is instructive: this is what a "nicely" new or remodeled kitchen might have looked like in 1968-1969.

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    No pulls on cabinet drawers or doors. Wood-panel facing the peninsula. Modestly sized.

    Very easy to duplicate today, if that's your kind of thing, though I haven't seen that faux bottle-end gold plastic (on the suspended cabinet) in awhile.