Retro Kitchen Design

Any American watching old television sitcoms during the Fifties would know what the retro look is like, especially in the kitchen. For today, the same retro kitchen design has been given a bit of a facelift, provided there are a few good old American items and furnishings still available. All it takes is a little of that American know-how.

There is no such thing as recycled in a sense, but anything that has a lime green color is pretty much pushing it already. Of course it depends on the homeowner’s preference, but with some materials that are no longer available, there is always the present compromise. Wood is also a popular way to bring back the retro look, as designers of the past have been experimenting on a more space saving way to design a great kitchen with all the bells and whistles. As for flooring, it can be anything from linoleum, wood, or even tiles for that matter as long as there is a certain pattern like the diners with the black and white checkered prints.

Size does matter in an American retro kitchen design, as it is the dining area from the usual dining area where guests or occasions are involved. But with careful floor planning, any small space can still have that retro feel in the kitchen.

Some products in the market like toasters and blenders still come in its stainless steel variety and a much better choice to begin with. The same goes for other appliances like refrigerators and stoves, but would be better to use what the homeowner already has in his kitchen. There is nothing modular or space saving in a way, but it’s all about the furnishings at this point.

There are still those who have some chrome and vinyl dinettes available in the market, and for some in a garage sale somewhere. Glass top tables were also fashionable during that time, and can be fabricated given to a professional glass maker and the price. To add up with a more retro feel, hanging pictures of that era (including Elvis Presley) or newspaper clippings of the Apollo space shuttle launch would spruce up the kitchen even more.

January 14, 2021 | 14:07 WITA

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