The New Retro Kitchen

From on November 04, 2009 in Kitchen Remodel

I can just imagine what the diner kitchen on Happy Days reruns would look like if it hadn’t been a TV production set devoid of actual appliances. Though I’m sure Al would have longed for the invention of modern equipment, his décor today would rival the value of anything found at Cunningham Hardware. Yes, it’s true, retro kitchens are making a colorful comeback. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? Big Chill Retro Fridges retro kitchen refrigeratorsTake a good look at my place. You see the style looks out of place. If you look closer, it’s easy to trace the tracks of the years. Two sizes, 12 colors, $2,495 and up. I can’t decide if these look more like Bic lighters or popsicles, but they’re yummy enough to make me want to redecorate 50s style. Big Chill Stoves retro kitchen stoveretro kitchen colorful ovens Shown here in Beach Blue, Pink Lemonade, Buttercup Yellow, Jadite Green and Black, these cookers will inspire you to don an apron and cook in high heels. Almost.

Retro Seating

retro kitchen seating

Fonzie says, pull up a stool or booth… and sit on it. These laminated vinyl pieces are luscious.

Throwback Lighting

retro kitchen lighting

The perfect mid-century light by which to dine. Tuna casserole, anyone?

Fifties Flooring

retro kitchen flooring

If the floor pattern doesn’t make you dizzy, you can do the sock hop on it.

Counter-Culture Countertop

retro kitchen countertops

Bah, Uba Tuba granite… Formica laminate makes a comeback!

And finally, might I suggest an accessory for your new retro kitchen:

retro kitchen cookbook

This treasure by James Lileks adorns my own kitchen. (Note the cover’s same boomerang pattern as the above Formica). Every page is as funny as the chapter of my 60s cookbook that deals with the “blind munchies.”

Just as you would never actually cook a meal from Lilek’s book, if you wish to have house guests, refrain from overindulging in the glorious mix of colors to be found in new retro kitchens. Aqua boomerang Formica, black-and-white checkered flooring, purple laminate stools and a pink fridge may be overdoing it. Keep a balance with these gorgeous classics… or you’ll have some ‘splaining to do.