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20 Kitchens from the ’70s That Are So Bad They’re Good

There’s nothing like seeing pictures of the house you grew up in to remind you of just how much things have changed. Every time we see houses from back in the day we feel this way and the kitchen is where many homes often showed their age. From space-age spice jars to harvest yellow and orange, here are 20 kitchens from the ’70s that are so bad they’re good!

Check out those mod spice holders and avocado green cabinets! Via/ Internet Archive

The light over the table is just perfect. Via/ U.S. National Archives

Even in black and white this kitchen is loud! Via/ State Archives of Florida

It doesn’t get much more ’70s than a bicentennial themed kitchen with hearth stones and an eagle. Via/ Instagram

Correction: this is a real bicentennial kitchen complete with an actual hearth and rustic iron tools! Via/ Instagram

Floral wallpaper meets matching harvest gold refrigerator, dishwasher, and trash compactor. Via/ State Archives of Florida

The rattan chairs and floral wallpaper are pretty dated, but that raised dishwasher actually looks like a real back-saver. Via/ Instagram

Honestly, who doesn’t love a brown refrigerator? Via/ Instagram

There’s so much texture in a ’70s kitchen! Much more than in just about any other decade of the 20th century, ’70s kitchen decor was filled with straw, rattan, caning, brick, and even yarn! All we can say is that it was a much different time.

Even this mod kitchen has textured parquet floors and rustic ceiling beams. Via/ Instagram

There’s a lot of plaid and shutters going on here. It’s like colonial decor overdrive. Via/ State Archives of Florida

Stripes and damask together? Sure! No problem. Via/ Twitter


Faux brick floors and fruit wallpaper go extremely well together and don’t listen to anyone who says different. Via/ Instagram

This kitchen seems almost bland compared to the others! We love the little TV on the counter though. Via/ State Archives of Florida


Ombre cabinets, patterned tile floor, and striped wallpaper combine for a masterpiece of ’70s design. Via/ Instagram

When track lighting isn’t enough, just add some giant lightbulbs. Via/ Instagram

Late ’70s colonial cottage chic. Finally some tile! Via/ Instagram

There’s so much going on here: a giant houseplant, bar height captain’s chairs, faux brick countertops, harvest yellow fridge, track lighting, and if you look closely you’ll see the hi-fi on the shelf! Via/ Instagram

This faux Hoosier cabinet is very interesting. Via/ State Archives of Florida

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