33 retro yellow kitchens from the 1950s & 1960s: Sunny & inviting midcentury home decor

Old-fashioned yellow kitchen with blue accents (1950)

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Kitchens in the 1950s and 60s often featured bright and inviting designs, with soft butter yellow cabinetry and vibrant contrasts of aqua or black.

These colors reflected a broader trend toward more colorful and expressive home environments, transforming the kitchen into the heart of the home.

Below, we’ve gathered an inspiring showcase of retro yellow kitchens from this era, each offering a peek into the charming and lively styles that defined mid-century home decor.

These retro yellow kitchens — in all their buttery, warm and sunny splendor — are here for the midcentury home decor enthusiast to appreciate!

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Pastel yellow 50s kitchen decor (1956)
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Vintage yellow and blue kitchen from 1956

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50s kitchen decor: Style trend in housewares features yellow (1956)

Better repaint your pink pots and change your turquoise towels, ma’am: The stylish new housewares are all yellow.

A unanimous trend toward yellow, for everything from rolling pins to garbage cans, was shown at the furniture market in Chicago, and confirmed by the International Housewares Show in New York.

Yellow has even nudged out red, the number one housewares color for years. Plastic housewares expert Irving Levine of Forth Worth, Texas, summed it up this way at the New York show: “Yellow is going to new heights, red is going down, and pink is dead. The pink-and-charcoal combination is very dead.”

Levine also said copper finishes are “laying an egg” this year, at least in plastic items.

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Pink and charcoal disappear

Displays the Housewares Show backed up his opinion. Not a single booth showed any pink-and-charcoal, and most put turquoise where pink used to be.

As for copper, it was overshadowed by plain familiar chrome. Brass wasn’t as obvious as it used to be, either.

The move toward yellow in small kitchen items, including the trim on clothes-driers and the handles of brooms, matched the new yellow kitchen schemes shown in Chicago by all the big appliance makers.

The Housewares Show also displayed at least one other new style trend, and a variety of new gadgets. The style note was for black on the table — especially in serving dishes, plastic salad sets, and accessories such as pepper mills, pottery and figurines.

Yellow retro kitchen decor with black & white check floor (1959)

Retro yellow kitchens - decor with black and white check floor (1959)

Yellow kitchen with red countertops and flooring (1950)

Yellow kitchen 1950

Yellow kitchen with aqua walls and turquoise green countertops (1950)

St Charles Kitchen 1950

A basic all-yellow kitchen with white sink and appliances (1940)

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Retro yellow kitchen with white and red accents (1960)

Retro yellow kitchen with white and red accents (1960) at ClickAmericana com

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A simple yellow steel kitchen and appliances with stainless steel countertops and pink accents (1957)

A simple yellow steel kitchen and appliances with stainless steel countertops and pink accents (1957)

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A butter yellow kitchen and matching appliances 1956)

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A rustic yellow kitchen with red countertops and pine windows and ceiling (1951)

Retro yellow kitchens - 1951

A small yellow kitchen with green and blue accent walls and accessories (1957)

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Retro yellow kitchens: Do it in a day with Frigidaire appliances!

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Retro yellow kitchens and appliances from 1962 - Frigidaire Flair pull-out range and ovens with glass doors that lift up

Yellow midcentury kitchen decor (1955)

More features than ever before in this all-new Capitol steel kitchen! Choose from twelve house and garden colors, including six new color-flecked finishes. New rounded contour design includes extra quality features like self-closing drawers, self-aligning doors, sit-down sinks, choice of handles and countertops.

Yellow kitchen Capitol 1955

Muted butter yellow kitchen tile and cabinetry (1940)

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Retro yellow kitchens with aqua cabinetry & blue accents (1956)

Retro yellow kitchens - by Republic Steel Corporation 1956 pastel yellow aqua

Kitchen of pine accents and yellow cabinetry (1951)

Youngstown Kitchens 1951 yellow

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Yellow kitchen decor (1959)

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Kitchen cabinets in yellow, with pale blue upper cabinetry (1956)

Retro yellow kitchens - Yellow and blue kitchen colors

1960s gadgets & small kitchen appliances made life a little easier

Retro yellow kitchens & midcentury appliances (1959)

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Vintage yellow kitchen cabinets from 1958

Vintage yellow kitchen cabinets from 1958

1950s yellow kitchen with stainless steel fixtures

1950s yellow kitchen with stainless steel fixtures

Bing Crosby’s yellow kitchen – Celebrity home (1957)

See why he chose a GAS Kook-Center for his own home! Bing says – “Make it a white Christmas! Give her a gas appliance!”

Modern gas ranges cook whole meals automatically… they’re faster and cleaner, too. And when you cook with gas, you have perfect control of cooking temperature on top of the range, in the oven, in the broiler…

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Bing Crosby's yellow kitchen - Celebrity home (1957)

Country-style vintage kitchen decor from 1951

Country-style vintage kitchen decor from 1951

Midcentury yellow kitchen cabinets and appliances from 1958

Midcentury yellow kitchen cabinets and appliances from 1958

Old-fashioned yellow kitchen countertops and decor from the 50s

Old-fashioned yellow kitchen countertops and decor from the 50s

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Retro lemon yellow kitchen appliances from the 1950s

Retro lemon yellow kitchen appliances from the 1950s

Old-fashioned yellow kitchen with blue accents (1950)

Old-fashioned yellow kitchen with blue accents (1950)

Vintage 50s kitchen with wood cabinets and yellow floor and paint

Vintage 50s kitchen with wood cabinets and yellow floor and paint

Vintage country kitchen with red countertops (1955)

Vintage country kitchen with red countertops (1955)

Vintage pale yellow kitchen with two blue ovens (1950s)

Vintage pale yellow kitchen with two blue ovens (1950s)

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4 Responses

    1. Well, someone bad to have the bad taste. Congrats–it’s you.

      Some of them are on the garish side,, but most of them look far better than the same old monochrome ugly of modern kitchens. Twenty years from now, everyone will be ridiculing the mindless conformity and outright ugliness of 2000s kitchens.

      If I have to look at one more “modern” kitchen with granite countertops, adventurine floors steel appliances and clunky wood cabinets, I will scream.

      It’s beyond ironic that morons of today lambast the 50s for its mindless conformity, when it was undoubtedly the decade that took the most risks and showed the most originality AND individuality in architecture and home decor.

      I would love to find an intact 50s home. They knew how to decorate with taste and style, rather than trying too hard to be hip as so many tasteless fools do today.

      1. Well said. While yellow might not be my personal first color choice even the worst of these kitchens are light years better than the bland, boring, generic, sterile, black, white, grey, stainless steel, granite, etc. abominations of today.

        Certainly from an aesthetic standpoint this country is finished and never coming back.

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