10 Delightfully Whacktacular Vintage Kitchens

10 Delightfully Whacktacular Vintage Kitchens

Nancy Mitchell
Feb 5, 2015

Tastes in home decor are always changing. Sometimes, when we look back into the past, we see things that look strangely familiar — and sometimes we see things so incredibly, wonderfully bizarre it's hard to imagine anyone would ever chose them for their homes. But we're glad they did. Come, and look, and feast your eyes on these delightfully whacktacular vintage kitchens.

Above: You may not believe me now, but this kitchen is actually quite restrained compared to what's to come. The designer of this space never met a scallop he didn't like. Although I must admit that I covet that giant lazy-susan pantry.

The 70s were a strange time. There is nothing restrained about this kitchen — but it's hard not to admire its unabashed exuberance.

Pink kitchens were huge, HUGE in the 40s and 50s. This one takes it to the next level with a wall of glass block and a polka-dotted work center.

I actually love everything about this kitchen. Is that an island covered in wallpaper? Shine on, you crazy diamond.

The 80s were an era of great excess, so I guess it shouldn't surprise us that they produced a jungle-printed dishwasher.

This kitchen's use of pattern on pattern (on pattern on pattern) may seem unusual to us, but this lady seems quite happy with it.

Here's another 70s kitchen, which merited inclusion just for the floor alone, but really outdoes itself with that wallpaper above the cabinets. Groovy.

I honestly wasn't even sure what I was looking at when I first saw this kitchen. After some perusal, I have decided that these might possibly be... cabinet doors decoupaged with pictures from cookbooks. I treasure the hope that somewhere, somehow, this kitchen still exists, and everyone who sees it is changed forever.

A 1950s kitchen from Mid Century Home Style, via their Flickr.
(Image credit: Mid Century Home Style)

Definitely qualifies as whackacular due to the feather-print (?) vinyl flooring that continues up the bar and the vegetable-printed ceramic tiles. The jalousied window and copper range hood are nice details, though, and the two-toned cabinets are about sixty years ahead of their time.

Ok, confession time: I might have created this whole post just for the purpose of showing you this picture. What is this?? There is a banquette shaped like a big top in this kitchen. There is an actual carousel horse. This, I'm afraid, is the pinnacle of kitchen design. Even with all the innovations of Scandinavian design and smart appliances and IKEA, nothing will ever be able to touch... this.

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