6+ Best Retro Kitchen Products To Create That Modern Kitsch Kitchen

Do you like the retro aesthetic? Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen to a mid century modern style? Here's some inspiration and products you'll need to achieve it.

6+ Best Retro Kitchen Products To Create That Modern Kitsch Kitchen 6+ Best Retro Kitchen Products To Create That Modern Kitsch Kitchen
The Hausera Editorial Team

If you’re interested in preserving or (re)creating a retro kitchen, you’re pretty tuned in to the latest trends. In the past few years, vintage interior design has become more popular, with kitchens being one of the most exciting rooms to infuse with a touch of years gone by.

Before you begin renovating your space, you’ll want to consider exactly what you mean by “retro.” When we use that term, we’re often referring to mid-century modern design, or in other cases, Hollywood Regency. You’ll want to nail down exactly what time period you’re trying to channel because you could very easily end up with too many uncoordinated pieces that create everything but the look you really want.

Next, you’ll want to come up with a color palette and mood board. Coordinating colors and tones are very important in retro design — in fact, some specific colors can signal a time period more effectively than even an authentic appliance or light fixture.

Remember that you don’t necessarily have to go thrifting or try to restore out-of-date items for the sake of creating a certain aesthetic. Thanks to some innovative design advances, you’ll be able to select products that have all the quality and utility of current technology, while still maintaining your favorite retro appearance.

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Style Definition Of Retro

Retro generally refers to a style of the recent past. Where on-trend refers to what’s current and up-and-coming, and mid-century modern refers to the period that roughly spans the 50s and 60s, retro can have a variety of interpretations but really is best defined as an eclectic mix of the most popular pieces and styles from the past few decades.

Right now, retro would be defined as using boldly colored, geometric wallpapers and designs; statement colors; synthetic chairs or tile; old-fashioned appliances; sleek but curved lines and rounded edges (think of the legs on a table or chairs); and statement lighting fixtures especially in star-like or asymmetric shapes. Many people who go for retro looks in their homes also use old-fashioned brands such as Coca-Cola as an accent decoration, while others utilize color tones from a specific era (such as subdued earth tones like burnt orange from the 70s).

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While there’s certainly room to experiment and coordinate what you think looks best, there are certain elements that are most characteristic of retro design, and they are typically as follows:

  • Bold statement colors
  • Uniform color palette
  • Geometric designs
  • Curved lines
  • Symmetrical layout
  • Asymmetric decorations & light fixtures
  • Synthetic materials
  • Slightly modernistic or Bauhaus-inspired pieces

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If you’re in the process of creating your own Retro space, you might want to consider using some of the more popular elements that define the style, such as checkered floors, black-and-white color palettes with pops of red, funky hardware, old-fashioned appliances, use of synthetic materials and polished woods, integration of clocks, scales, and other old-fashioned kitchen staples.

Retro Kitchen Inspiration

If you’re still not sure where to begin, take this kitchen for example.

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While this space certainly adheres to the most important style markers — dull navy, classic red acrylic kitchenware for a pop of color, mixed pattern tiles with more subtle tones and mid-century inspired lighting fixtures — it also brings in a sense of modernity with the small drink refrigerator, fresh faucet, and overall newness of the space.

Best Retro Kitchen Products To Buy Today

Big Chill Retro Stove 

Looking for a stove with a retro design but with the reliability and functionality of a modern appliance? This retro stove from Big Chill--offered in natural gas or propane--is a good fit for you, then! Not only are there tons of standard colors to choose from, like Coca Cola red or pink lemonade, but for a small fee, you can purchase this in a custom color. The stainless steel construction is durable and the chrome handles are stylish--what's not to like? 

Kohler Parqdeck Deck Mount Faucet 

Match the handles on your stove and fridge and consider a polished chrome or stainless steel finish for your faucet. This deck mount faucet from Kohler has two handles and a bridge spout, making versatility and accessibility in the workspace possible. 

Kohler Verse Dual Mount Kitchen Sink 

Stainless steel is the way to go when designing your retro kitchen. This dual mount sink from Kohler is great not only because it is a double bowl design (great for accessibility and versatility) but because it has three holes for faucet installation. And, it pairs well with the Parqdeck faucet! 

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Ultimately, creating the Retro kitchen of your dreams is all about consistency, style, and placement. Remember that it’s okay to put your own spin on a Retro kitchen, especially if you want to use statement colors that are anything but red. No matter what, it’s about utilizing a uniformed color palette, having vintage-looking appliances and features, utilizing materials that are inorganic (such as plastics and polyesters) and choosing items that have curved designs, and geometric patterns.

Though Retro can often reference a very specific looking space, remember that what matters, in the end, is that you’re able to create a home in which you feel most at ease and comfortable. If that means having funky wallpaper and an acrylic teapot? Then so be it.