How to get a retro look in your kitchen

If you're considering redoing your kitchen in a retro style, you're in good company. As it happens, this is one of the most popular styles and it's also a pretty flexible one, since you can incorporate both new and vintage pieces in a retro scheme. This also makes it easier to give your kitchen a retro makeover on a budget, which makes it an even more attractive option for the stylish, yet thrifty home decorator.

Colour Schemes: Before you do anything else, you have to decide on which colours you want to use for your retro-style kitchen. If you're like a lot of people, you'd prefer to have your kitchen painted in cheerful colours – and for a retro décor, you may want to choose some colours which are appropriate for the style of the era you want to emulate in your kitchen. For instance, muted orange (especially darker shades of orange), pastel blues and light browns are all colours which could become part of your kitchen's colour palette. You don't have to paint your walls these colours in order to incorporate a retro colour theme either. You could use these colours for your kitchen curtains or go for something really bold in your window treatments like silver curtains or brightly coloured voile panels. You can also paint cabinets in these colours or choose accessories, vintage kitchen items and other accent pieces which are in these or complimentary colours.

Lighting: For more ambitious home decorators, changing out the kitchen light fixtures may be on the list of things to do. Vintage-style fixtures are pretty easy to find now, since many of the home decorating styles of the 60s and 70s are currently back in vogue. Of course, you'll want to go with lighting which is both practical as well as visually appealing; you might want to choose a retro overhead fixture combined with modern task lighting, for instance.

Accessories And Accents: There's a lot of retro kitchen items to choose from out there. You can find small vintage kitchen appliances like mixers, coffee pots and the like at second hand stores and online. You can also look around for dish towels and place-mats which have the look you want – and while you'll probably want to buy these new, you can usually find these items at very low prices which are suitable for any budget.

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