The popular sentiment in both the fashion and the interior design world is that hot trends and chic patterns ted to repeat themselves in a cyclic fashion. What might seem outdated today could well be popular 20 years down the line once again. While a natural ebb and flow in styles often dictates what is popular, nostalgia also a plays a pivotal role in dictating the direction of what is ‘in’ and hot! Retro is making big splash in recent times as designers are quickly turning towards decor and prints of the past to add color to contemporary spaces.
by Country Club Homes
The kitchen is obviously the most popular choice to imbibe a hint of retro charm without disturbing the larger theme of the house. A retro kitchen with a matching dining nook also evokes memories of your favorite diner where you spent endless hours as teen! Cool, fashionable and vivacious, 2014 is the time to get aboard the retro kitchen bandwagon…
The Vintage and the Retro
One of the big questions that often rakes up a heated discussion among both the casual reader and the avid decor aficionado is surrounding what constitutes vintage and what fall under retro. For starters it is important to understand that the line is often blurred and different design experts have varying opinion on the matter. But the general consensus is that any furniture piece that is more than 20 to 30 years old can be considered vintage. On the other hand retro appliances are modern recreations of these past pieces.
by Meredith Ericksen
Yet, do not worry too much about strict guidelines when designing a retro kitchen. You can borrow from various elements that fall in different eras ranging from the early 20s to the late 80s. If you are lucky enough to actually find a vintage gas stove or some cool vintage shelves, then you can incorporate them into your retro kitchen with ease. Highlight these special pieces and let them stand out from the crowd using a special color scheme.
by Brunelleschi Construction
by Rick O’Donnell Architect
by John Malick & Associates
by Hammer & Hand
by Crogan Inlay Floors
A Dash of Bold Color
Think of retro kitchens and inevitably the mind tends to picture those colorful diners from the 60s and the 70s. The distinct style of these two eras is making a bold comeback with both home owners and designers opting to add a few vivid pieces to enliven modern residences that are largely draped in neutral tones. With grey being the hot new neutral color in 2014, tangy splashes of orange and cheerful reds are welcome change from the monotony.
by Big Chill
by Knight Architects
If you are not happy with just a touch of color here and there, then a retro design also allows you to go for an over the top look in an extravagant fashion. Throw in few bar stools with Coco-Cola motif, a jukebox from the 70s (even if it is not really working) and even a flickering neon sign to pay fitting homage to your favorite hangout from the past!
by the ottoman empire
by Louise de Miranda
by A. Dodson’s
by Jeff Jones Snap It Photography
Classic Designs with a Modern Twist
If you are not comfortable with a dedicated retro theme but fancy adding one or two special pieces like a ravishing retro-styled Smeg refrigerator, then opt for a modern kitchen with a matching color scheme. There are many design experts who believe that the modern art-deco style is also inherently vintage, as the post-depression 1930s saw the advent of glossy surfaces and delightful curves. You can add a touch of retro to those streamlined kitchens to fashion a remarkably tasteful, yet playful kitchen.
by Applegate Tran Interiors
by Sarah Phipps Design
by Wren Living
Retro kitchens often mean different things to different people. For those who saw the 50s, a cottage-chic kitchen with shaker cabinets and cozy colors might be the perfect choice. For others, a modern kitchen with glossy surfaces and retro elements that pay tribute to the 70s and 80s is the way to go. Even for the younger lot, a retro kitchen might seem like the perfect way to bring back Kelso and Jackie from the “That ’70s Show”! Are you ready to go retro?
by Mal Corboy Design and Cabinets
by Mercury Mosaics and Tile
by Bradshaw Designs