Retro Kitchen Design

The design style known by the name of “Retro” is comforting because it reflects on a simpler time. Almost everything you need is visually accessible. This is a good design choice for a single person or a couple. When cooking for only a few people there is no need to have a complicated chef’s kitchen. Find out how to create this type of design style in your own kitchen!

Two tone color choices were very popular in the typical 1940’s and 1950’s styled kitchens. Typically a bold color would have been paired with a lighter neutral. Popular bright colors for a retro kitchen are cherry red, robin’s egg blue, mint green and canary yellow. Cream or off-white was the most popular neutral paired with one of the bright colors, listed above.

Antique refrigerators are perfect for this space. It sets the tone for the design style. These appliances can be refurbished antiques. There are companies that make new refrigerators that look like the old models, but or updated technologically. Another antique appliance that will assist in pulling off this design look is a stove, oven or a combination unit. This can be either a stove or a cook top paired with a wall oven. It was popular to have wall ovens as well as stoves, during this time period.

Black and white “checker board” style flooring was the most popular floor type for this period. It is perfect because it will pair with any color choice you select. This can be easily pulled off by installing 12” x 12” black and white porcelain tile. Vinyl tiles in black and white can also pull this look off. The 12” x 12” is the best size to go with, when designing a retro look!

When shopping for counter tops, it is best to choose a material that is one solid color. The material choice really doesn’t matter, what does matter is that there is a lack of pattern on the counter top. We would suggest a black or gray granite, in either a glossy or honed finish.

Creating a retro kitchen is fun and nostalgic. If you are planning to have furniture such as a small dinette table or bar stools, keep the style specific to the time period. Steel or aluminum minimalist bar stools are a great choice. Even an acrylic dinette table will work in this setting.