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Fifties Kitchens - Retro Kitchen Renovation
Retro kitchens are a great option for those who are looking to return to a simpler time, such as that of their childhood.
By: Christopher P Clark
First, decide on your color scheme. Do you gravitate towards bold primary colors and fruit patterns, replicating the 1940s, or the pink, aqua, chrome, jadeite green, and sunny yellow of the 1950s? Another style would be mod blue, orange, and brown hues from the 1960s and 1970s. Painting the walls one of these retro colors is the easiest way to change the look and feel of a room. Carry around your paint chips whenever you're shopping so that you know everything will be a perfect match to the retro colors you've chosen.
If you have the money for it, a total retro makeover will include stainless steel appliances or those in retro colors like light yellow or bright red. Even toasters and blender come in retro-look stainless steel versions. Reproductions of vintage appliances make a dramatic design statement without sacrificing modern performance and convenience.
Your next step is the furniture and cabinetry. Replace your boring kitchen table with a Formica-top dinette set with chrome legs and vinyl seats. This retro piece will quickly become the centerpiece of your room. If you want to replace the flooring, there are many choices. One of the most popular for that great retro look will always be black and white checkered tile. When it comes to lighting, choose a style that complements your retro decor, but don't forget that your kitchen must be usable, so make sure that it provides enough light for preparing meals.
You can't go wrong when adding retro kitchen accessories. Look for vintage kitchen gadgets at antique stores; they'll look great displayed over the stove even if you never use them. Many have painted wooden handles that will fit right in with your retro color scheme. Glass refrigerator dishes make an excellent way to replace your plastic leftover-keepers while staying in the retro theme. Brightly patterned or green jadeite mixing bowls are another great example of vintage retro kitchenware that can still be used in your kitchen.
Vintage linens, like potholders and tablecloths, are still very affordable, and can be found in nearly any vintage store. These have a huge impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. Don't forget about vintage curtains for your windows.
Do you have any extra wall space in your kitchen? Use it to display a collection of vintage figurines or salt and pepper shakers, a funky atomic kitchen clock, unique op art pieces, or anything else that just screams "retro' to you. You can find real vintage pieces, or newer styles designed to look retro.
Retro kitchens are a great option for those who are looking to return to a simpler time, such as that of their childhood. These decorating ideas can make your kitchen easily the coolest room in the house.
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