In the 1950′s housewives dominated the kitchens. It was their domain. They wore patterned or frilly aprons while working to make 3 wonderful meals a day for their family. The kitchen really was the heart of the home. The fun part about the 1950′s was all the new elements used in decorating and designing their modern kitchens. Plastic, chrome and Formica were on the short want list of every housewife.
You can give your kitchen a new look or feel by incorporating some of these touches. A dinette set is a great way to get a retro feel immediately. Reproductions are made, of course, but there are lots of vintage Formica top dinettes out there too, if you just look. The colors of the Formica top and/or chairs infuse a pop of color in an all white kitchen.
Another way to get a retro feel is through your wall decor. Vintage retro clocks fly out of our vintage mall all the time! They come in a variety of colors and styles from atomic look to starbursts to pink diner look clocks. These are relatively inexpensive and definitely make a statement on your kitchen wall.
Also look around your local vintage antique mall for 1950′s style linens. Hanging a retro dishtowel or apron on a hook on the wall or covering a not-so-retro- table with a 1950′s table cloth are simple and inexpensive decor items.
Look for vintage countertop appliances too. Even if they don’t work anymore, they can be placed on shelves or on top of cabinets that don’t go to the ceiling to add some retro charm. Mixing bowls, cake carriers and canister sets from the 1950′s are readily available at most vintage – antique booths at very reasonable prices. Below are some of the retro kitchen decor we have at Vintage With A Twist.
Next time you go antiquing, keep your eye out for some vintage, retro items you can incorporate into your kitchen!