Retro Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the different options for retro kitchen cabinets and see how they can give nostalgic homeowners the "throw-back" vibe they want for their home.

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Retro kitchen cabinets have become increasingly popular as more and more homeowners seek to add nostalgic design elements from past decades to their home.

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Coupled with retro kitchen appliances and accessories, retro kitchen cabinets can help make a unique and creative room that shows off the homeowner's interests and style.

Currently, one of the most popular retro kitchen cabinet designs is midcentury modern. This design aesthetic has a vintage feel yet is currently seen in some of the most modern kitchens. This is because midcentury modern design features streamlined, angular lines and specific highlighted geometric shapes. Cabinetry of this era tends to be more sleek and seamless, with minimal adornment and greater emphasis placed on function and solid construction rather than on decorative flair. Additionally, midcentury modern cabinets come in a variety of colors and can be purchased from many home improvement or design stores.

Another popular approach to a retro kitchen is to design a kitchen that emulates post-war 1950s American style. This classic style features sharp angles, exaggerated curves and futuristic space-age design elements. Retro kitchen cabinets reflecting this era are often done in bold, bright colors such as red, blue or green. They are usually finished in high gloss and feature sleek, large chrome hardware to accentuate their look.

Homeowners seeking a retro style kitchen may choose to add vintage kitchen appliances, retro furniture pieces of futuristic accessories such as artwork and clocks to take this design a step further and complete the look. Vintage stoves and refrigerators have become popular and high-end reproductions can be bought in a number of colors and styles. 1950s-style dining tables and chairs can also be added to give the room whimsy and character.

Whether you are looking to create a specific midcentury modern feel in your kitchen or are recreating a quaint vintage look, retro kitchen cabinets can give your kitchen the warmth and unique character that reflects your love of a certain era of design. Adding personal collections of memorabilia or replicas of vintage appliances or textiles can provide the finishing touches to give you that "throw-back" look you've always wanted.

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