They were all the rage in the '50s, but have since become a novelty.
Kitchen appliances today are almost guaranteed to be stainless steel, black, or white. But neutrals weren't always the preferred colors for kitchen decor.
The 1950s saw pastel colors take center stage in almost every house in America, and kitchen appliances followed suit. According to Color Combos, a color matching company, that decade saw stoves and fridges outfitted in various light, yet colorful shades, including yellow, green, turquoise, blue, and pink.
Families all over the country were eager to bring the cheery tones into their homes, especially as the country moved past the struggles and sacrifices of living through World War II. As in his book "1950s American Style: A Reference Guide," Daniel Niemeyer noted that cultural change was a driver in the move toward more pastel decor in the '50s, Realtor.com notes.
"Post-war hues turned to exuberant and confident new 'Atomic age' colors. Poised pastels were juxtaposed with joyful primaries," he wrote.
Because open floor plans had not yet entered the design world, and entertaining where you cooked was seen as a faux pas, kitchens were kept separate from the rest of the home. As such, a pastel-filled kitchen never really became overwhelming, and families didn't have to worry about it clashing with the rest of their decor. In fact, many kitchens were so full of color that the cabinets were painted the same pastel shade as the appliances.
But unfortunately for color lovers everywhere, the pastel appliance trend did not last long at all. The New York Times reports that by the time the '60s rolled around, pastels had already been phased out and replaced with hues like avocado, gold, and copper.
Throughout the years, color in the kitchen became even more uncommon, as each decade's color of choice became more and more neutral. One main reason for the shift? The changing landscape of the American home. Charles Mount of Charles Morris Mount Inc. told The New York Times in 1985 that the increase in home and room size during the '70s and '80s played a part in colorful appliances falling by the wayside.
"The kitchen is becoming more integrated into the home, and appliances are becoming like furniture," he said. "Appliances have to be more elegant. The color of the appliances should blend in with the total environment.''
It's no surprise that today, when people spend family-time in their kitchens and prefer layouts that connect the kitchen with the rest of the house, stainless steel, white, and black and just about the only type of appliance you'll ever see. But for those '50s fiends who've always dreamed of a return to the cooking quarters of yore, modern brands like Smeg andBig Chill are creating colorful, retro-style appliances that fit in perfectly with modern design.
From: ELLE Decor