Design Touches of a Retro Kitchen
September 7, 2016 by Big Chill
A well done retro kitchen can turn any modern home into a cozy and welcoming space, where family and visitors will always feel welcome to join you for a cup of coffee or a home-cooked meal. There are many things to love about the American diners of the 1940’s and 50’s, with the bright colors, inviting bar stools, and nostalgic memorabilia providing to be an exciting experience every time. Retro kitchens maintain a playful personality that can’t be mistaken or replicated, utilizing vintage pieces and aesthetics for a unique and colorful feel.
Looking for ways to bring old-school Americana into your kitchen without breaking your piggy bank and spending thousands on renovations? A few retro touches can change the atmosphere and take you back in time with the added benefit of modern amenities.
There is nothing that will complete your retro kitchen more than the addition of an old-school appliance. If you are looking for a kitchen that possesses vintage appeal, you could ditch modern furniture in favor of classic furniture. The addition of a vintage table or desk will add decorative charm and a welcome pop of color to your kitchen, easily changing the personality of your space.
Big Chill appliances offer you the best of both worlds: that classic vintage and retro style with all the modern technology.
Breakfast Counter or Booth
Breakfast countertop bars and cozy vinyl booths evoke the personality and style that we love about American diners. These days, it’s easy to recreate that feel in your very own kitchen. Adding the addition of a cozy breakfast counter or booth will give you the opportunity to add your own unique touches, creating a special place to host guests and share memories.
Padded Bar Stools or Diner Style Chairs
If you’re aiming for classic retro kitchen décor, you’ll want to steer away from steel or wooden bench seats as those will provide a décor that is more modern and traditional. You’ll want to look for stools or low diner style chairs with padding in the color scheme or pattern you desire.
If creating a true retro kitchen, a checkered tile floor is an absolute must. A classic and timeless option would be to stick with a black and white color scheme, but you can find checkered tile floors in almost any bold hue you’re searching for.
Retro kitchens draw their personality from a funky feel, with bold patterns and colors that splash neatly across curtains and dish towels. Polka dots will add a bit of femininity to your space, while classic gingham linens will provide a cute touch to your kitchen windows and cabinets.
A cherry red hue will surely evoke the playful nature of a retro diner, providing an accent color much like that cherry on top of your ice cream sundae. Use cherry red as a main or accent color for a striking contrast to everyday neutrals.
Big Chill Retro 30″ Stove in Cherry Red
When exploring retro kitchen style, mint green is another go-to color that will accent your vintage kitchen style flawlessly. This minty color works well as both a foundation and an accent color, so don’t be shy about displaying it on your appliances, backsplashes, or cabinets.
Big Chill Retro Original Refrigerator in Jadite Green
When transforming a kitchen into a retro wonderland, one of the most sought-after color schemes is turquoise. Known for it’s joyful and refreshing qualities, it pairs well with the essence of every vintage piece you add to your space.
Big Chill 30″ Retro Electric Induction Range in Turquoise
Black and White
You can’t go wrong with the combination of black and white. If you aren’t a huge fan of color but still want to maintain a vintage kitchen aesthetic, a black and white color scheme will never do you wrong. Use classic neutrals as the foundation to your special space, adding a pop of color or two later if you ever change your mind.
Color choices are an extremely important part of creating a retro kitchen, so you’ll really want to give it some extra thought when designing your dream space. If you really want to commit to the boldness of a retro kitchen, don’t be afraid to decide on pastel colors and take your vintage vision full-throttle.
Big Chill Retro Original Refrigerator