Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Go Retro in the Kitchen

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If you’re looking to create a kitchen that is beautiful, quirky and different from the rest, you can’t go wrong with a retro redesign. Retro simply refers to styles that were popular in times gone by, which means that you can choose any time period you like to create your perfect retro kitchen. However, opting for a 1950s look is probably the best way to make your kitchen look really impressive. Here’s how:

Look at Pictures

First and foremost, you should start by looking at pictures of the 1950s era. You’ll need to decide whether you want to go for a 1950 American diner look or something more traditional and close to home, but most people find the 50s Americana look best. Do as much research as you can to work out which features you want to recreate and which you’d rather leave out.

Choose a Color Scheme

Next, you’ll want to start thinking about a color scheme for your kitchen, so that you can get Cameron Davidson painters and decorators in to do the work and start transforming our kitchen, as soon as possible. The 50s style has a lot of colors to choose from, but mint greens, pale pinks, teals, taupes, and reds are all good options. Choose which suit your style best and leave the rest behind.

Think About Pattern and Shapes

The shapes and patterns that were popular in the 1950s aren’t exactly the same as the shapes and patterns that are most common today. For example, geometric prints were big news, as were round and egg and ball shaped chairs, so choose as many authentic patterns and shapes as you can to make your kitchen look more authentically retro.

Chrome and Metal

Chrome and metal were both extremely popular in the 50s. Installing chrome worktops and appliances, including kettles and toasters, is a great way of bringing retro style to your kitchen, as is hanging metal signs, which were all the rage in 50s diners.

Checkerboard Flooring

If you’ve ever watched 50s TV shows or movies, set in an American kitchen or diner, you will have noticed that, more often than not, they feature black and white checkerboard flooring. Not only does this kind of flooring add a retro touch, but it creates a nice contrast between the other colors used in your scheme, making them pop.

Make it Tactile

In the past, minimalism wasn’t really a think and kitchens were filled with warm, tactile touches like geometric wallpaper, thick floral fabrics, and cushions. Adding texture will really help your retro kitchen to feel more authentic.

Add Retro Images

Retro posters, and as I mentioned above, signs, as well as photographs,  will help to bring the theme together, and add those extra little touches that make a room feel cosier and lived in. 50s film posters, Marilyn Monroe Cushions or classic diner signs are all good options.

Add Retro Accessories

Finally, to really transform or kitchen into a retro room, you’ll need to pack it with retro accessories like food mixers, old-style telephones, Formica tables and anything else you can think of to get the look?

Do you have a retro kitchen? What are your top tips for getting the look?

xxo
Kim

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