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Not all retro is good retro. When these homeowners bought their 1950s brick ranch, they encountered dated ribbon-mahogany woodwork. Instead of gutting the kitchen, they decided to salvage the kitchen cabinets by sanding and painting them a sophisticated matte black. They then updated the kitchen and dining area with light trim and walls against dark details, providing a neutral canvas for pops of bright colors such as apple green, sky blue, and chili-pepper red. To add seating without eating up space, they installed an overhanging countertop supported by brackets. This creates a bar-style hangout spot for little money.
Angled shelving is the perfect spot to show off unique accessories and personality. The shelves are backed by birch-motif wallpaper to add interest to the display space. Modern accessories, such as a black bird statuette, serve as playful accents for the faux bois wallpaper. The bright apple-green coffee cups add color to the space. Bright colors work well when used sparingly and consistently against a neutral base.
A statement piece of artwork using the room's color scheme is a unique way to add an element of interest to a plain wall. Large artwork can be expensive, so making your own is an easy alternative. Vibrant vintage-design fabric was stretched and stapled to a medium-density fiberboard and framed. This budget-savvy piece of artwork adds instant personality to the space.
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