From Margaret Everton on July 9, 2010 in Minneapolis
Most people arent driven to purchase a home because of its kitchen appliances, but Kate Grussing fell in love with her 1941 St. Louis Park home for that very reason. She was convinced that she could create a fantastic retro design for her new kitchen using its Roper range as inspiration. What she came up with might just inspire you to design a retro kitchen of your own. Luckily, Rehkamp Larson, of Rehkamp Larson Architects in Minneapolis, knew just how to bring Grussings vision to life. Heres what he did:
#1 Choose Unique Appliances
She began by choosing appliances, mostly from DirectBuy, which matched the look and feel of the Roper range. Each of them was given the room they needed to serve as a focal point in the kitchen.
#2 Lots of Pretty Tile
Many retro kitchens used tile all the way up to the ceiling. To cut back on the cleaning time that this would require, Rehkamp installed marble subway tile for the backsplash and wall behind the stove top. This lent itself well to the design schemewithout costing an arm and a leg.
#3 Pay Attention to the Little Touches
Scalloped trim, also found on the exterior of the home, was used to add interest to the island, hood and feet of the cabinets. A metal grill, along with cabinet hinges and knobs, were used to emulate the intended time period.
If you want to create a retro kitchen of your own, make sure to do your research. Studying photos and picking out the elements you like best will give you the direction you need for your design.