During this period, tiles were used more in kitchens for both floors and walls. Similar to what was happening in the bathroom, tile kept the surface clean as it is not absorbent like wood and can be easily wiped down. Flooring began to focus on geometric shapes, giving homeowners the opportunity to express their inner Art Deco. Linoleum flooring gave people the opportunity to add some pizzazz to previously boring hardwood floors. Classic checkerboard was the most popular choice, but colorful, angular patterns became more popular in the 1930s. “I found myself drawing inspiration from the mixed patterns and bold color choices of the Art Deco era,” says Sapna, a designer and founder of Bungalow, who often works with 1920s Craftsman style homes. says Agarwal.
One of the most popular and beloved components of 20’s and 30’s kitchens is the breakfast nook. The small kitchen recess was often equipped with two benches and a table, and the breakfast nook was the perfect place for the family to gather, not just in the morning, but throughout the day. For a long time, the kitchen was designated as a “female domain,” but that mindset is slowly changing. This division of space allowed the kitchen to become a place for both labor and leisure, as well as for eating in the adjacent dining room.
1940s: Keep it simple and sweet
Forties interiors were pared back and minimal, with gingham curtains adorning the window above the sink and knick-knacks like cookie jars and china filling the space on built-in shelves. , and were sprinkled with sweet decorations. Cherry red, navy blue, butter yellow and kelly green all look great against a crisp white background, whether it’s wallpaper or an embroidered tablecloth.
While the Art Deco movement was forward-thinking and avant-garde, the 1940s took a decidedly more traditional approach. The smooth tiled walls and floors remain, as do new appliances such as the flagship Monarch electric range and the rounded, glossy Gibson door refrigerator. The emphasis on futuristic chrome was reduced, and more organic motifs such as flowers, fruit and roosters appeared everywhere from granaries to floor mats.