The recipe for a perfectly modern between-the-wars kitchen may be gleaned from illustrations in Gordon–Van Tine’s book of ready-cut (kit) homes.
White or rustic? Bungalow-era kitchens may be basic in white, while revival kitchens are new interpretations, often unique.
Look to the past for great ideas for multiple surfaces, sinks that are both beautiful and practical, and an explosion of materials for the backsplash. You’ll find butcher block and zinc, German silver as well as porcelain, and not only tile but also embossed tin.
Appliances have a big footprint, so it’s no wonder that manufacturers have been busy trying to make them disappear beneath decorator-friendly panels for years. For those looking for period-sensitive styling, though, there are three ways to create a nostalgic look—and it’s possible to mix and match these approaches.
Which trends are most likely to stay the course, and which are likely to date a new kitchen in a skinny minute? Choose wisely, and your kitchen will always be in style.