Retro Kitchen Ideas

Enjoy a stylish blast from the past with a retro kitchen that's full of personality.


  • view all thumbnails
Red diner-style banquette
1/13
Diner-Style Banquette

    Reminiscent of a '50s diner booth, this banquette brings vintage style and ample seating to the kitchen. For dinner, schoolwork, and crafts projects, this seating arrangement is both practical and stylish.

2/13
Checkered Wall

    Get the look of a vintage tablecloth with a checkered wall treatment. A midcentury-style stove completes the old-school look with all the modern conveniences needed for today's busy lifestyles.

3/13
Midcentury Modern

    Give a modern kitchen a splash of history with midcentury-style dining chairs. A warm wood table softens the clean lines and metal detailing of the chairs.

4/13
Red Island

    A classic gathering spot, the raised kidney-shape kitchen bar lets a family prep meals together. It also provides a place for informal meals. Paired with retro stools, the bar reflects a diner look. The glossy cherry red adds energy to the black-and-white palette.

5/13
Garden Kitchen

    Keep garden bounty in the kitchen all year with bright fruit and veggie print fabrics. Red laminate countertops, a mosaic tile backsplash, and bright floor tiles echo the fresh colors for a complete design.

6/13
Vintage-Style Accessories

    Trimmed with a metal band and a thin line of red fabric, the stools are reproductions of seating options from a bygone era. Open shelves and glass-front cabinets make the perfect stage for displaying vintage dishes or other collector's items.

7/13
Blending Old and New

    A vintage appliance can have its place in a modern kitchen, and you don't have to give up any creature comforts. Here, the homeowners put an antique range next to a modern cooktop for a unique blend of old and new. Many new appliances on the market have the look of antiques but all the components of modern technology.

8/13
Vintage-Style Range

    This vintage-style range sets the mood for the kitchen. Add beaded-board cabinet doors and cup drawer pulls to complete the look from yesteryear. Abundant counter space flanking the range serves as prep area.

9/13
Old-School Treat

    Details make the room when you're trying to create ambience. The red countertop adds personality, and the vintage glass cookie jars are reminiscent of an old corner store.

10/13
Midcentury Motif

    Give your modern dining area a midcentury twist by pairing a banquette with streamlined midcentury modern chairs. A drum light fixture hung low over the table adds to the ambience.

11/13
Diner Style

    A full renovation is not necessary to turn your kitchen into a classic. Cherry red diner chairs and a grooved metal edge table are an easy way to put a little sock hop in your home.

12/13
Checkered Floor

    A classic '50s design element, the checkered floor makes a bold statement. Several tiles on the backsplash were painted black to coordinate with the floor. Spice up the black-and-white color scheme with cayenne-color cabinets.

13/13
Popular Slideshows
Our home improvement experts share small-scale rem...

Browse a few of our favorite kitchens submitted by...

As fragrant as it its colorful, lavender is a wond...

Try our FREE ultimate decorating toolbox to design your kitchen. Imagine it, plan it, then do it with Decorating Inspiration!


Top Brands


Related Links
Our home improvement experts share small-scale rem...

Browse a few of our favorite kitchens submitted by...

As fragrant as it its colorful, lavender is a wond...

A three-step makeover lets this living room accomo...

Share Your Thoughts