I have a special treat for you today! Canvas Online Printers are guest posting and sharing their 5 must have items to get yourself a retro style 1950’s kitchen. So all you bakers, chef’s, mums and domestic goddesses can stand in the kitchen in your cute little apron, put some choc chip cookies in the oven and make your hubby a drink when he arrives home from work…. HAHA just kidding get your hubby to make you a cocktail, sit down together and enjoy, just the way it should be!
As the saying goes, everything old is new again and that’s never truer than in design. The 1950s in America were a time of sudden, unexpected prosperity after a period of World War and deprivation. The end result was a design culture filled with new ideas and a general sense that everyone was living in the future.
It’s no wonder that more than six decades later the style of the 1950s is coming back in a big way. The era had a focus and concentration on the home, and the kitchen as the centre of that home, that is inspiring a whole new generation of DIY designers, and the 1950s kitchen is the hot inspiration for today’s renovations. But you don’t have to tear out your cabinets to get the 1950s vibe – just sprinkle in these five must-have items and you’ll be living the Rock’n Roll Decade vibe in no time.
Must Have: The Dining Set
If your kitchen is eat-in, an old-school Formica kitchen table with some vinyl-upholstered chairs are an absolute must. Small, colourful, and sturdy, these dining tables doubled as extra prep areas, and their metallic legs and skinny profile felt futuristic and modern.
You can still have these made – Retro Spaces have a wide range of colours and styles for you to choose from.
Must Have: Colour
People loved to look into the future during the 1950s. The World Wars were over, space exploration had just begun and the future was looking grand. Kitchens were happy, wholesome places with lots of colour and personality. Grab some colourful trays, a gorgeous set of canisters and a funky clock to add instant happiness to your kitchen.
Large Starburst Atomic Clock from Ultimo Designs
Totally Tulips Canister Set from Mod Cloth
Budgie Platter from Kreo Homewares
Must Have: Kitschy Canvas Prints
The art on your walls is always a key element of any interior design, and getting some retro, 1950s-themed art is a great way to bring that into a relatively modern kitchen. Canvas prints with 1950s advertising or art in that graphic, science-fictiony style is the perfect way to dress up your kitchen space with a 50s vibe.
Canvas Printers online is a great source of cheap but great quality canvases, plus you can pick from 2 million images to make your own wall art like the ones below:
Must Have: Window Treatments
In the 1950s, window treatments were drapes with a heavy cloth and a bold print in bright colours. In fact, in the modern age we might call them a bit gauche – but they have a visual impact and a solidity that has a definite appeal. If you want your kitchen to have that “Leave it to Beaver” feeling, you’ll want some awesome print curtains for the kitchen window.
IKEA Stockholm Blad curtains
Cafe curtain from Lincraft
Must Have: The Right Tableware
The classic 1950s tableware was simple, streamlined and of course, colourful. Instantly jazz up your kitchen with these classic pieces:
Dream and Sugar tea set from Mod Cloth
Orla Kiely Pear Plate from Domayne Online
Orla Kiely Poppy Teapot in Meadow Blue from Kitchenware Direct
The 1950s kitchen had a distinct look and feel that’s lacking in the modern world, which is more about niche appeal and personal taste. Whipping your current kitchen into a 1950s feel is easy with these five must-haves!