Tips for Decorating a Retro Kitchen

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Whether you consider yourself a professional designer (e.g. one of our experienced interior designers/decorators) or your design skills are more of a ‘beginner’ type, you’ve undoubtedly heard of ‘retro’ style. Everything that is old-fashioned, from yesterday or outdated is called retro. However, as history often repeats itself, some items and styles from 20 or 30 years ago are considered trendy today. Therefore, everything from your parents’ old sofa to your grandparents’ fridge can be considered retro.

Although the retro style can be applied to any room, the kitchen seems to be the most popular. And with so many vintage options available these days, it only makes sense to have a clear-headed guide to give you some tips and tricks on how best to give your kitchen a retro look.

So if you’ve always wanted a retro kitchen, start by planning the following:

retro designs
Luckily, you don’t have to dress up your entire kitchen in retro patterns. Just choose a main space for it (e.g. a focal wall) and stick some geometric patterns with wallpaper on it to make your kitchen look like a stylish throwback.

Closet color schemes
While we don’t mind neutral colors, your retro-style kitchen deserves clearer tones like pickle, sage, teal, pastels and so on. So consider which colors will work best with your cabinet design, or leave them colorless if you’d rather spread some color elsewhere (e.g. your decor, wallpaper, etc.). You could combine the colors with your items like a copper-colored range hood. Remember that.

Experiment with tiles
You can never go wrong with classic black and white tiles in a vintage setting. This will look amazing with any retro style colors you choose to use in your kitchen. Remember, these white patches are great for attracting and reflecting incoming light, whether natural or artificial.

Take good care of your windows
Replace those modern looking blinds with curtains with a vintage print or pattern. If you can’t find the perfect curtains for your retro kitchen, why not go to a fabric store and make your own?

Don’t overlook retro artworks
You don’t have to redo your entire kitchen; simply hanging some vintage-style prints (such as old-school Coca-Cola ads) on the wall can give it a slightly retro vibe.

Choose colorful devices
You can’t play with the retro vibe without incorporating some bright colors. Consider retro-themed appliances like a mint green SMEG fridge, a classic duck egg blue toaster, a warm orange Big Chill retro dishwasher, and so on to ensure these colors take up space.

An abundance of light
If you look at vintage designer kitchens, you will see that they are all bathed in light. Consider increasing the light source in your kitchen (through more light fixtures, larger windows, or even a skylight) to bring in as much light and air as possible.

If your budget allows for lots of little extras that can help save you time, why not? What do you think of a filter faucet that provides cold, filtered drinking water? Or how about a practical pot filling faucet directly above your stove? Lotion or soap dispensers are great for regular hand washing (and clean countertops).

When shopping for kitchen faucets, take the time to review all of your options and consult professionals to ensure your chosen faucets will not only make your kitchen more functional and enjoyable, but also visually appealing.

When talking about modern decor, you cannot overlook the modern minimalist style and the stunning decor that can be created with it. A beautiful interior could be created by keeping color and style in harmony with the dining table in the kitchen or the open plan kitchen integrated into the dining room. The decor is held together by being all black and white. The paintings add a touch of color to the decor and enhance its elegance. It’s ideal!

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