8 Things Every '70s Kitchen Had That Have Disappeared

Kitchen aesthetic from the 1970s

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Kitchen aesthetic from the 1970s
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Retro Looks

The '70s were a vibe. It was a time when kitchens served as vibrant, eclectic spaces lined with unique appliances and decor. Though many of these items have since been replaced by modern creations, they remain cherished memories for those who grew up with them. A testament to the era's groovy aesthetic, these kitchens combined practicality with bold styles to create a nostalgic charm that defined the era. 

Join us as we take a walk down memory lane to revisit these eight common items that were staples in kitchens throughout the 1970s.  

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Avocado green appliances
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1. Avocado Green Appliances

The 1970s were synonymous with bold colors — and avocado green was a popular choice. From refrigerators to stoves, this earthy green hue was the epitome of contemporary design. While it may seem garish today, at the time, it represented a modern, cutting-edge choice for homeowners. The color's popularity was driven by a desire to bring natural tones indoors to blend one's home with the environment. 

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Harvest gold dishwasher
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2. Harvest Gold Dishwashers

Alongside avocado green, harvest gold was another dominant color in '70s kitchens. Dishwashers in this warm, golden-yellow shade were considered the height of sophistication. They matched well with wood-paneled cabinetry and patterned linoleum floors to create a cozy, cohesive look. The color choice also reflected the decade's preference for inviting tones that brought a sense of comfort and warmth. 

Shag carpeting
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3. Shag Carpeting

Surprisingly, shag carpeting was not confined to living rooms and bedrooms; it found its way into kitchens as well. While impractical by today's standards, shag carpeting was considered luxurious at the time. It was available in a range of vibrant colors and was often paired with bold wallpaper and dark wood finishes. The soft, plush texture provided some contrast to the boxy, sleek surfaces seen in '70s kitchens. 

wood paneling in 1970s kitchens
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butterfly motifs decor in the 1970s
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5. Butterfly Decor

Butterfly motifs were a popular decorative choice, appearing on everything from wallpaper to dishware. These whimsical designs reflected the era's fascination with nature and a longing for a simpler, more carefree lifestyle. Butterfly-themed items added a playful, colorful touch to help kitchens feel lively and inviting. Butterflies were also seen as symbols of freedom to symbolize new-age transformations. 

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1970s Electric Can Opener

6. Electric Can Openers

Electric can openers were a must-have gadget in '70s kitchens. They often featured sleek designs and were available in the decade's popular colors like avocado green and harvest gold. Though the devices helped save time and effort, they were bulky and took up quite a bit of space. Despite falling out of favor today, they were once a symbol of cutting-edge technology and convenience in the kitchen.

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fondue set of the 1970s
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7. Fondue Sets

Fondue sets were another popular kitchen accessory of the 1970s. These sets typically included a pot, a stand, and long forks for dipping bread, vegetables, and meat into melted cheese or chocolate. Fondue parties were a trendy way to entertain guests, and reflected the decade's communal spirit to food and dining. Fondue also offered a fresh and exciting way for people to try new flavors and cooking methods.

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1970s Wall Phone

8. Rotary Dial Wall Phones

Rotary wall phones that matched the home's aesthetic were another common fixture in '70s kitchens. They typically had long cords that allowed one to walk around while talking. For many families, these phones served as the hub of communication, acting as a connection point for family and friends. The tangible experience of dialing and the loud rings are nostalgic reminders of a bygone era of communication.