1970s kitchen design — one harvest gold kitchen decorated in 6 distinct ’70s styles

st-charles-kitchen-cabinets-1As we like to say here, “There’s more than one way to retro.” This circa-1974 St. Charles Kitchens catalog — just added to my personal collection — proves it, yet again. St. Charles trots out their interior design experts and shows one harvest gold kitchen … decorated in six different styles of the day. From Early American to Mediterranean to 70s Contemporary — and more — they show us how to get our 70s style cookin’.

1. 1970s country style kitchen:

1970s country kitchenUse checkboard wallpaper, delft backsplash tile and butcher block cabinets to create a Dutch “Country Charm” kitchen.

  • Viewing tip: Click on the photos – they will double in size on screen.

2. Contemporary 1970s style kitchen:

1970s-kitchen-1Dig the stainless steel backsplash and appliances, the woven wood shade, smoked glass table and oh my, the fabulous floor in this kitchen that St. Charles anointed “Contemporary Sophistication.”

  • Note: There is no date anywhere on my catalog. I’m guestimating 1974 based on… the clothing.

3. 1970s Early American kitchen:

1970s-early-american-kitchen-1There’s an ox yoke in one of the other photos that goes with this kitchen design. Did I ever mention: I have an ox yoke. It has a mirror in it. It came from Grandpa. I think he made it. From an old implement used on the farm. Shoot me. I am sure I will never be able to throw it out. St. Charles officially called the style “American Heritage.”

4.  1970s flower power kitchen:

1970s-mod-kitchen-1Of course, the flower power kitchen is my favorite. The cabinetry in this design is painted Dover White, St. Charles says. The design is “The Now Look.”

1970s-kitchen-colors-1Note: Harvest Gold was introduced to kitchen appliances in Spring 1968. It was one of the longest enduring color trends — popular through at least 1984. Above: Other colors available from St. Charles this year. And YO: The cabinets are textured steel, “St. Charles DURALON finish” with a “soft-to-the-touch feeling of fine-grained leather.” Why did steel kitchen cabinets introduce texture to their cabinetry? I hypothesize: To better mask fingerprints and better hide dings. There also may have been a desire to make them appear more organic, less… antiseptic.  I’ve also talked about steel cabinet maker’s introduction of wood door fronts, too.

5. 1970s Mediterranean style kitchen:

1970s-mediterranean-kitchen-1And of course, we have the “Spanish Villa,” or as we have been known to call it, the “Casa de Torquemada” kitchen style. Ya gotta love the creativity.

6. 1970s Asian style kitchen:

1970s-oriental-kitchen-1I feel like this “Oriental Influence” kitchen concept is something you’d have seen in Florida. Don’t forget the electric wok!

Memories of the 1970s, anyone?


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  1. Johnny 5 Fachy says

    I so want the Flower Power kitchen although all of these illustrations are very, very cool! I think the 70’s designs and colors were in most cases warm, inviting and perfect for a cozy kitchen! Thanks for posting these! BRING BACK HARVEST GOLD APPLIANCES! Johnny 5

  2. Markus Kobi says

    I’m actually diggin the Mediterranean Kitchen…I’ll make paella in the electric wok though. My mother went all out with the plastic grapes for a year or two back then!!

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