History of Kitchen Wallpaper

Before electricity, kitchens in weathier homes were rarely wallpapered. The kitchens themselves were at the rear of the home or the basement in order to keep cooking odors and heat away from the main part of the house. Besides, it was considered wasteful to decorate a room only seen by servants or deliverymen.

In rural America, however, the kitchen was used by the housewives. Because the women spent a large portion of their day there, many kitchens were decorated with wallpaper featuring geometric or floral patterns.

In the 1920s, an all-white kitchen became the latest trend due to an obession with cleanliness and sanitation. White tile and enamel paint made dirt easier to see and remove. Because of this, the first wallpapers made specifically for the kitchen actually resembled tile. A few years later scenic touches were added.

In the 1930s, home designs began to change, making the kitchen the center of activity for eating as well as cooking. With this, wallpaper with kitchen motifs became available. These designs included cherries, strawberries, farm scenes, and  flowerpots. Geraniums, coffee grinders, and teapots were also popular.

This trend of wallpapering became extremely desirable in the 1940s, and lasted until about the 1960s, when kitchen decor took on a more modern look.

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