From rocket lamps to Tupperware, the Fifties was a forward looking decade, that embraced modernity and completely changed the way we think about interior design. Blurring the line between past and present, retro styles blend seamlessly with the contemporary, minimalist trends we embrace today. So don’t be put-off by thoughts of linoleum flooring and laminate countertops, instead use these design tips to bring a little old-school Americana into your kitchen.
Kitsch Colours and Playful Patterns
For the cherry on top of your ice cream sundae consider going bright and bold with red hues, using them to highlight certain areas of the room. Or, for something softer on the eyes, go pastel. Mint greens, daisy yellows and baby pinks instantly make you think poodle skirts and Cadillacs, whilst fitting perfectly into a modern-day setting. Just don’t be shy with your colour choices, display them on your appliances, backsplashes, or cabinets, and experiment with mixing different tones for an eclectic look that will really impress. Finish by splashing gingham and polka dot patterns across curtains and dish towels.
There are many ways to incorporate a stylish blast from the past, you could fix-up the floors with checkered tiles or build in a kidney-shaped kitchen bar. But it’s the little details that make a big difference. Whether you opt for convincing reproductions or scour architectural salvage shops and flea markets, nostalgic memorabilia is great way to bring playful personality to retro kitchens. Invest in an atom wall clock or an antique soda siphon, complete an island with vinyl seated, chrome stools and decorate walls with vintage signage or framed record sleeves.
Fifties America was obsessed with space travel. The atomic age inspired designers to build saucer-shaped buildings and domed bubble cars, leading to futurist home interior changes too. Smooth lines and rounded corners were a must for appliances, and gleaming gadgets like milkshake machines and mixers were displayed with pride. You may think ‘they just don’t make ‘em like they used to’, but many of the brands we most associate with the era are still manufacturing new models that offer the perfect combination of retro style and modern technology.
Not convinced by retro kitchens? Then read our article on whether Modern or Traditional interior styles would suit your home better.