What’s old is new again! One of the newest trends is actually a throwback to a simpler time – retro kitchens. Appliance manufacturers may be the ones to thank for this fabulous idea, or perhaps they were just tapping into the desires of the public. At any rate, retro kitchens are popping up everywhere. These are just a few ideas and suggestions to help you get started.
Retro Kitchens – Materials…
One great thing about retro kitchens is that most of the material that make a great design are relatively cheap. Flooring can be done in vinyl tiles or laminate flooring. (If using tiles, I do recommend the glue down over the peel-and-stick tiles, because the peel-and-stick tiles have a tendency to separate). Although these aren’t the only options for flooring, they certainly are some of the most budget friendly.
In addition, laminate or tiles countertops is the way to go if your really wanting an authentic retro look. These are also great for a tight budget, which is a plus.
(Photo by Houzz)
If you want to go all out for your retro kitchen, plan to purchase some retro appliances. Although these are usually not an inexpensive item, most people use the money that they save in flooring and countertop materials to splurge on the appliances. By doing this, a retro kitchen can have a very high end look. (Tip – if planning on buying retro appliances, pick out what you plan to purchase, and use that to help you make other color decisions)
Tables for retro kitchens usually consist of chrome legs with laminated tops. The laminate has that retro speckled tone that was common for laminate in the 50s.
Chairs are generally chrome with vinyl upholstery. One good thing about these chairs is that they are super easy to keep clean. Virtually nothing stains them or sticks to them (except maybe your skin). 😉
Another popular furnishing piece is the bar stool. Made from the same chrome and vinyl as the chairs, these can be the finishing touch that any retro kitchen needs.
Retro Kitchens – Colors…
Although just about any color can be used, the most recognizable colors are black and white with red. That usually comes in black and white tiled floors with splashes of red accents in furnishings.
Yellow was a big residential color of choice back in the day. So, don’t feel shy about using it again.
However, just about any color can work for your design. As seen above, this kitchen was painted in mint with splashes of the black, white and red of the traditional colors. So, don’t be afraid to branch out.
Retro styles can be a great way to design a kitchen. It works great with any budget, but can be especially beneficial to those on a tight budget. Because the materials that work best with this design are also some of the least expensive, a high end look can be achieved for a very low cost.