Kitchens in the 50s had such an optimistic look about them. I think that’s why they appeal to me so much. All those delicious pastel colors and those cool space age appliances. The war was over, the economy was booming, people were into entertaining. Their home decorating was a reflection of their postive outlook on the future. Maybe that’s why we don’t see so much of that type of cheerful decor anymore!
Here are some scans of 50s kitchens for design inspiration, in case you’re inclined to do a makeover, which I highly recommend. It’s always nice to come home and unwind in an uplifting retro environment, after a tough day of trying to hold onto your job! And if you can get someone to greet you at the door with an ice cold martini, that would be nice as well.
Note the hanging gelatin molds, which are a very cute design element for a retro kitchen. But whatever you do, don’t ever use them! I mean, really, did you ever see some of the nasty, gut curdling stuff that spawned from those molds? Things like this.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Anyway, back to 50s kitchens. I recently happened upon this fun and informative website called Retro Renovation. It is full of great design ideas for decorating in vintage style, with sources for where you can get some of the stuff you’ll need to give your space that authentic retro look. For example, I’ve been trying forever to find that metal edging that wraps around 50s counter tops and they’ve tracked down a company that supplies it. Pretty much made my day.