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Fun, Retro Ideas for a 50s Style Kitchen

Updated on February 1, 2015

Mimicking A 50s Kitchen

Ready to re-design your kitchen? Maybe you've been thinking about a 50s style kitchen. Well, I don't blame you. Retro kitchens, especially 50s kitchens, can be cute and more-than-practical. And the 50s kitchen colors in any modern kitchen would make for a fun, retro spin and brighten up anyone's day.

You don't have to install new cabinets, new countertops, and all-new appliances in order to get a 50s style kitchen. You can simply apply new decorations, new coats of paint, and just a little love here and there to make it your kitchen an adorable (and affordable) 50s kitchen. The first thing you must do in deciding the theme for your 50s style kitchen is to decide on your 50s kitchen colors. Once you have the colors picked out, everything will fall into its place from there.

50s Kitchen in Turquoise, black, and white
50s Kitchen in Turquoise, black, and white | Source
50s Style Kitchen in Pink!
50s Style Kitchen in Pink! | Source

50s Kitchen Colors

There were various 50s kitchen colors back in the day. A majority of the 50s kitchens focused on pastel colors such as pastel pink, green, blue, and yellow. However, if you don't want to put a ton of pastel in your 50s style kitchen, you can pick more bold and daring colors for your 50s kitchen colors.

Remember the checkerboard floors? Why not have black and white and red as your main 50s kitchen colors? These are probably the easiest 50s kitchen colors to acquire and disperse throughout your 50s style kitchen. You can find black, white, and red appliances, decorations, and housewares for a 50s style kitchen at almost any store nowadays including Target, Ross, and even Walmart. You just have to know what you're looking for.

If you're not feeling the black, white, and red theme for your 50s kitchen, try out a red and turquoise theme. Red and turquoise was a HUGE color theme in the 50s, and you can bet your bottom dollar that you will be able to find vintage curtains, tablecloths, and napkins with these amazing 50s kitchen colors online and in thrift stores, etc.

An all-bright-blue kitchen could be fun, as well. Or an all-bright yellow kitchen. The choices for a 50s style kitchen are endless, so pick a color theme, stick to it...and get to it!

Fun 50s Style Kitchen Items Online

50s Style Kitchen in a Country-theme
50s Style Kitchen in a Country-theme | Source

50s Style Kitchen Housewares

Retro and 50s style kitchen housewares can be found in various places to match your 50s style kitchen. If you're going for a more country-farm-themed 50s style kitchen, my suggestion is to shop at places like thrift stores, yard sales, antique shops, and online. You'd be surprised what sort of retro farm items you can find at thrift stores these days...and even if they're not from the 50s, you can always add something to them to make them look more retro 50s.

Not everyone in the 50s had a farm-style 50s kitchen though, some people went for a more mod-approach with an atomic theme or futuristic theme. A lot of atomic kitchen housewares can be found online at 50s stores such as, etsy, and even ebay. Sometimes even Bed, Bath, and Beyond will carry atomic 50s kitchen items and mod 50s kitchen houseware items. Check out the 50s style kitchen housewares on Amazon below. Isn't the fiesta-yellow butter dish adorable? And what about the pastel blue bowls? Perfect for any 50s style kitchen.


50s Style Kitchen - More Ideas!

So you've decided on your 50s kitchen colors and found your 50s style kitchen housewares, but what else can be done? Don't forget that a fresh coat of paint to the cabinets and walls (or just one of these) can make a world of difference in transforming your kitchen into a 50s style kitchen. 50s retro signs for the walls are a perfect touch and add a bit of nostalgia to any 50s kitchen. Add kitchen shelf in a bright color to the kitchen wall and set nostalgic 50s kitchen items on the shelf.

Hang vintage 50s aprons and kitchen towels from hooks on your kitchen shelf or simply on the oven and fridge. Even replacing your toaster oven with a retro toaster oven would make your kitchen look more like a 50s kitchen. Find 50s kitchen magnets and place them on your refrigerator...there are a TON of kitschy and classic 50s kitchen fridge magnets to be found online and elsewhere.

Add a set of gingham or cherry curtains to the kitchen window. Replace your salt and pepper shakers with retro 50s kitchen salt and pepper shakers. These are just a few ideas, but I think you get the picture?

Make sure to scour the pages of antique or vintage retro magazines, modern-day kitchen magazines, catalogs, and online pictures of 50s kitchens to get ideas on how to make your kitchen a 50s style kitchen easily and cheaply.

Written and copyrighted © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), June 14th, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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    Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

    I just moved a little over a month ago, and I have the black and white tile floor, plus the origional moldings and walls. Which have that trim in the middle of wall,and this sounds like a great idea.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Thanks, phoenix2327. I'm sure you could add a few 50s kitchen touches to it?

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    I like these ideas. These retro kitchens look so cosy and familiar. Pity my kitchen is too small to do something like this. It would end up looking crowded and claustrophobic.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Thanks, Ruth! 50s Kitchens are so awesome!

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    Ruth Pieterse 5 years ago

    Aaaah, the 50's. Enjoyed your hub.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    maryhoneybee - I love Dita. I can only imagine how AWESOME her house must be...especially her 50s kitchen! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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    maryhoneybee 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

    Terrific ideas! I saw Dita Von Teese's kitchen on Fashion Police a few weeks ago--all pink and retro! It was really nice. I believe I've come across vintage-inspired signs before at the crafts store Michaels that were pretty neat.

    Thanks for the fun ideas! I'm browsing now. =)