Dining Kitchen

7 Signs Your Kitchen May Be Stuck in the 80’s

signs-your-kitchen-is-stuck-in-80s-mainWaiting for a few kitchen decor trends to return? Don’t hold your breath. Design research shows that fads always reveal age. When a home trend reemerges, it appears different and unique to its era. So, if your kitchen has been frozen in time since you were rocking out to , here are seven solutions to seven outdated kitchen looks.

The 80’s called, they want their kitchen back

It’s hard to believe the neon age was a generation ago. Busy textures and fun-loving, colorful styles of the past are being superseded by neutral hues and simpler designs. This may be a matter of maturing tastes and a desire for simplicity in our homes, surroundings, and life.

1. Quirky appliances no more


If your kitchen is equipped with almond, avocado or textured appliances still in good working condition (thus, you disdain the idea of tossing it into a landfill), read on.

Instead, bring your kitchen into the future with gorgeous cabinet refacing and coordinating front panels to conceal dated appliances while transforming your home. Fully integrated appliances help to create a seamless look that blends in with your cabinetry.

2. Walls and borders that snore

Nothing screams the 80s more than sponge-painted walls and borders. Ditto for outdated wallpaper trims. Instead, update the look of any space with fresh, new painted color palettes such as the 2022 color of the year Green Fog from Sherwin Williams.

3. Oak and pine cabinets galoreoak-cabinets-before-after2

Pining for a less busy species of wood for your cabinets? That must mean your kitchen is cloaked in heavy oak cabinets, knotty pine or clunky cathedral looks. Fret no more, you can free yourself from the 80s with cabinet refacing.

Refacing is a transformational solution that works with your existing cabinet boxes. Eighty percent of the materials in a kitchen are cabinet doors and drawers. So, homeowners are elated to see brighter hues when dark, foreboding cabinets are given new life. Laminating cabinet boxes and replacing doors and drawers can significantly update a room.

4. Antiquated hardware of yore

If your kitchen cabinetry is still sporting brass, antiqued, or exposed hinge hardware, it’s time to seek sleek new hardware options.

At Kitchen Magic, our knob & pull gallery is stocked with stylish hardware solutions, from stainless steel and brushed nickel to our signature new hardware collection, compiled through collaboration by Kitchen Magic’s in-house designer and Amerock. Also in vogue are gunmetal or black pulls and knobs making their way onto the kitchen scene. The current gold-toned finishes are seen as the jewelry to your new kitchen design.



5. Fussy geometric floors to abhor

80s-lenoleum-floor-before-and-after2Does your floor sport geometric patterns, faux brick or other complicated designs from the past. While linoleum was the groundbreaking material of its day, flooring materials are much more advanced today.

Instead, replace complex flooring with gorgeous new wide vinyl plank flooring. Plank flooring comes in a plethora of finishes, but remember the less complicated the flooring, the larger your kitchen will look.