Kitchens Through the Years

Taking a look at the changes in kitchens through the century

Kitchens Through the Years
Kitchens Through the Years
Kitchens Through the Years

In its humble beginnings the kitchen was once a scullery, a very small space where people spent little time. The modern kitchen now is 121 sq ft on average and we spend more time in them than we do our living room.

In the 1950s, American styles began to influence our interior design and fitted kitchens were introduced. American styling included, diner-style seating that has been adapted to now become our breakfast bar stools, and the classic shaker cabinet. Magnet has 21 stylish shaker kitchens, from the traditional Shaker Oak to modernised shaker options such as Leighton Gloss White.

The Sixties was a colourful decade and this translated into kitchens too. White walls and cupboards were out, and vibrant greens, oranges and pinks were in. Appliances were also becoming increasingly available in this time, revolutionising kitchens for families. If you want to achieve a bold Sixties look today, look no further than the Vienna Oak. Bringing the Sixties style up to date with textured effect cabinets that will sit perfectly on statement Sixties coloured walls.

The 1980s was the decade that kitchens became places of entertainment. The Eighties was all about status symbols, and the ultimate in the kitchen was the dishwasher, if you had one, you’d made it.

By the 2000s, interior décor had embraced open plan living, especially kitchen/dining combinations. New styles such as shabby chic and industrial were embraced, and for the most part have been here to stay, shaping the kitchens that a lot of us have today. To achieve an industrial feel that still has warmth, Magnet’s Astral Blue is perfect for a modern home. The high gloss blue cabinets are paired with bright white worktop surfaces and sleek appliances like the Elica Star hood, finished with chrome arrow handles to add an industrial touch.

Modern day kitchens as we know them now are the heart of the home and are no longer just a food prep space. The kitchen has become a dining, cooking, living and entertaining space and Magnet has a style to suit every taste.