Vintage kitchen designs from the 50s and 60s are making a comeback. These include retro toasters, refrigerators, and even tiles. They’re being seamlessly incorporated into various kitchen designs all over the world.

Typically, retro kitchens designs are characterized by their rounded appliances, either bright or pastel colours and checkered floor. It’s actually quite easy to give your kitchen decor a vintage look and add up your own touch. If you’re interested in buying some retro appliances and decor items for your kitchen, these tips and kitchenware suggestions will come in handy.

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1. Rounded Edges in Appliances

 

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Retro looking appliances tend to have very rounded edges rather than sharp ones. They also tend to be circular in design and have a shiny finish rather than matte finishing. These appliances usually are smooth and do not come with any sharp angles in their design, which is rare in many modern designs which are slick and solid when it comes to hard lines. This roundedness is a trademark of retro appliances like refrigerators, which often come with old-school spring pull handles as well.

If you want to update the look of your kitchen, a colourful and retro-looking fridge can become the main focus spot in that space. The fridges come in different colours so don’t be afraid to be bold in your choice.

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2. Bright colours and Pastels

 

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Happy colours are the order of the day when it comes to retro kitchens. These days, modern kitchen designs are big on the greys, blacks, whites and metallics. However, when you go with the vintage theme, it’s perfectly acceptable to buy appliances in mint, red, pink and baby blues. Just make sure your appliances don’t clash with the background colour of the kitchen. It’s also better if you keep your appliance colours to the same shade of one colour to create a more harmonious feeling.

 

 

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3. Checquered or Patterned Floors

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One significant feature of kitchens from the post-war era was chequered black and white flooring which may be made of tiles or linoleum. Linoleum was a common cover for kitchens during the 50s as they were considered cheaper and more accessible than tiles, which only became more widespread in the 1960s. You can find tiles or even just carpets with these black and white patterned floors. This look is really versatile and can be matched with your favourite colour, whatever it is.

4. Enameled Cast Iron Cookware

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Enameled cookware was all the rage in the 50s and 60s but they somehow went out of fashion in the 1990s, only to make a comeback on the 21st century by the hands of renowned chefs. You can now get enamelled cookware in various colours. They’re very easily recognizable due to their smooth, shiny and often white coloured inner lining and their long lifespan. Some of the better-known brands of enamelled cookware include Le Creuset, Cucina and Chasseur. You can find these on both online and department stores where you’ll be able to compare prices for saucepans, skillets, roasting pans, Dutch Ovens, and many more.

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5. Cream or Pastel Colored Cabinets

 

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Cabinets below and above the countertops tended to be in only one uniformed colour throughout the entire kitchen and this can range from red to dark green. If you are keen to revamp your entire kitchen into a retro style, go for cabinets in yellow, turquoise, pink and even orange.

One trend from this era is actually to use tiles for your countertop, or wood. You won’t see vintage kitchens having marble or granite countertops as this is a fairly new trend that only picked up the late 90s to the early 2000s. Usually, vintage countertops from this era are monochromatic and in contrast with the colour of the cabinets.

6. Stainless Steel or Copper Cookware

 

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One of the other prefered retro crockeries is stainless steel pots and pans in addition to enamel ones. Stainless steel or copper cookware is pretty durable and can withstand both intense heat and cold. You may also consider copper pots and pans that have a bronze shine and look extremely pretty in any kitchen setting. Stainless steel cookware can be found on places like Q0010 and Shopee for very affordable prices so make sure you check these sites out.

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Are you sold to the old style decor? Make your kitchen as vibrant as you wish with a few retro-feel yet modern appliances.

When embarking on your journey to ‘retro-fy’ your kitchen, remember that you can bring down your shopping bill even more by using the cashback coupons for each online shopping site and 11.11 Flash Sales. This means you can have your retro kitchen look in as little a time as possible.

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