For one thing, we don’t use kitchens today the way we did in 1915. Rather than a service room, the kitchen has become a public center of the house, outfitted more like the living and dining rooms. In renovations, the original kitchen is often made larger (perhaps with a rear addition) and is opened up to the rest of the house. At this point, the plain white enamel look becomes the anachronism. Finally, the Arts & Crafts Revival that is in full swing has introduced its own conventions. The beautifully detailed kitchen is one of them.
The idea works for many types of houses, not just bungalows. It’s become the default style for much new construction. It’s also become a standard course for 19th-century houses, because A&C-era kitchens had built-in cabinets, counter space, electricity—all more appealing than the typical Victorian larder and scullery.