5 Old Kitchen Design Trends That Have Totally Made a Comeback

published Feb 7, 2018
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For proof that everything that is old will eventually become new again, you need look no further than the kitchen, where plenty of once-reviled trends are making their way back into the spotlight.

Here are five “new” trends that might look oddly familiar.

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1. Tile countertops

Tile countertops were hugely popular in the ’70s and ’80s. Now they’re making a comeback, albeit in more modern, minimally styled installations. Even if you have tile that’s been there since before you were born, you can make it look good.

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2. Skirted cabinets

I’m as surprised as anyone that this unusual trend is making a comeback, but you have to admit that it does look nice in a country-style kitchen. Or even a minamlist one. Or a rustic one. You get the point.

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3. Colored cabinets

Once (we’re talking ’50s and ’60s) kitchen cabinets in every color of the rainbow — including green, yellow, blue, and even pink — were the norm. Then for a long, long time, dark woods and then light woods and then white reigned supreme. But now, color has crept back into the kitchen. Most of these colors are a bit subtler than the ’50s ones, but they’re still a welcome change.

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4. Gold fixtures and accents

Unlike the gold fixtures of the ’80s, today’s stuff has a streamlined, minimal look.

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5. Plants

Indoor plants are back in a big way, and the kitchen is no exception. This is a great way to add a little life to a boring kitchen without remodeling, and you can even grow your own herbs right in your own kitchen.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Back in Fashion: 5 Old Kitchen Design Trends that are Making a Comeback