page from a post war vintage magazine showing the u design for a kitchen
Photo: from the book America's Kitchens
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The 1950s Kitchen

After years of being relegated to the back of the house, post-war housing often placed the kitchen front and center. Decor moved toward bold colors and floral-pattern wallpaper.

Message to Mom: When your kitchen looks good, so do you.

Legacy: The U-shaped kitchen, with its sink-range-fridge work triangle and the cook at center stage.
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