Vintage Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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Vintage kitchens have become a huge trend in today’s home. 1950s kitchen remodels have become popular because of the fun and bright colors. You can take your 1950s kitchen to the extreme and buy all of your appliances and kitchen tools with this theme in mind. Or your 1950s kitchen can be more subtle and incorporate smaller items and color themes. We have some great tips for you to turn back the hands of time in your house.

Bright Colors

1950s kitchens were models of bright colors. Primary colors such as fire engine red, bright yellow, lime green, teal and bubblegum pink are all colors to focus on. Be careful with these brights not to overpower your kitchen. Use sparingly and balance out with white and black. They can be used on small appliances and curtains. Another great way is to buy bright sets of dishes and display them on shelves and open faced cabinets. You can also look to classic diners for inspiration. In 1950s kitchens, bold geometric floor tiles can give your kitchen an inviting feel.


Bold prints such as leopard and zebra print are another great idea for your 1950s kitchen. Use these in different areas around the room. One great idea is to reupholster your dining room chairs in one of these fabrics. It will add a pop of color to the room. Also, adding bright patterned tea towels and cloth napkins are a great way to liven up the whole room. If you want to use a print in a larger area, you can buy removable wallpaper in zebra print. Use this on small wall areas around your kitchen for a more dramatic effect.

Vintage Items

Another great way to decorate your 1950s kitchen is to fill it with vintage items. For example, antique tableware will bring this era to your guests. Look for brightly colored plates and glasses. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and colors. Vintage 1950s advertising signs look great hung on kitchen walls. Yard sales and antique stores are a good place to look for these. Also, you can get vintage looking signs new. This is an easy way to personalize your 1950s kitchen style without making any permanent changes. Kitschy items such as vintage clocks, old Coca Cola bottles, metal flour containers, vintage tea pots and old salt and pepper shakers are great additions to your new kitchen style.


Another really popular trend from the 1950s are pastel colors. They work in 2 ways, brining flair to your redecoration and also also making your kitchen seem larger. Lighter colors give the illusion of a larger space. Peaches, light pinks, baby blue, pastel yellow and mint green are all colors to consider. This is also a great way to revamp your kitchen cabinets without spending a fortune. You can paint the faces these pastel colors instead of installing all new cabinets. These pastels can also be used on a smaller scale like accent walls or on as squares on cabinet faces. If you are feeling really bold, with painters tape, you can section off geometric squares on your kitchen floor and paint pastel shapes.

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