Rebecca Burstein, Jr. Editor
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:05 PM EST
You don’t need to completely remodel your kitchen to take it from modern to vintage. Read on for several strategic (and small!) tweaks that can go a long way in bringing a more retro feeling throughout the room.
Mint green retro kitchen via homedesignlaboratory.com
Pick a Palette
If you choose the right shades, it’s easy to infuse the room with a retro vibe. From the kitchen chairs and cabinets to the backsplash and walls, decorate with a popular colour pairing from the past (like red and turquoise or blue and yellow) for a stylish, vintage look.
If replacing your current fridge with a vintage option isn’t viable, sneak a subtle vintage vibe throughout the space with modern retro small appliances and cooking tools. Look for mint green, pale pink, or pastel yellow, and pick up a colourful blender, toaster, teapot, microwave or clock. The list goes on!
Vintage trinkets, signs, and knobs, as well as printed hand towels and drapes will help make a retro-inspired room feel the like the real deal. Be sure to choose a decade, such as the 50s, and stick with it, to keep the decor consistent throughout the space.
Lights, Cabinets, Action!
Your kitchen lighting and cabinets are two major areas that’ll bring back a large bang for your buck. When choosing lighting, consider hanging pendant lights over the table or island or putting up a vintage chandelier for an element of surprise. Then, take your shelving from now to wow by installing glass front cabinets or going for open shelving for a vintage appeal.
Don’t forget to visit our Kitchen Guide for more kitchen styles, renovation tips and decorating advice.