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1950s Kitchen Design Inspirations

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.

1956 kitchen. Love the combination of aqua cabinets on top, yellow on the bottom and red floor.

1956 kitchen. These are steel cabinets and I'm loving the yellow and aqua color combination with the red floor.

Cozy little kitchen nook with fabulous 50s dinette set.

Cozy little kitchen nook with fabulous 50s dinette set.

1956 dishwasher. No need to bend over to fill and empty.  My back would like that!

1956 dishwasher. No need to bend over to fill and empty. My back would like that!

1956 Fooderama by Kelvinator.  Anyone whose refrigerator and freezer are that organized need to be heavily medicated.

1956 Foodarama by Kelvinator. Anyone whose refrigerator and freezer are that organized needs to be heavily medicated. But look at all the scrumptious colors it came in.

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.

jello

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.

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