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Sleek, Shiny and Smart Appliances: An Appliance Blog

Hi! My name is Corrine, and I love appliances. I have a few retro silver appliances that I absolutely love, but I also adore modern things so I have a smart coffee brewer synced with my alarm clock as well. In this blog, I plan to include posts on all kinds of appliances. If you are researching before you buy a new appliance or looking for tips to help your appliances last longer, this blog is the perfect spot for you. I hope you find what you are looking for. I am an interior designer, and I recently got engaged to the love of my life, my fiancé Frances. Thanks for reading!

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Sleek, Shiny and Smart Appliances: An Appliance Blog

3 Considerations for Designing a Retro American Diner Kitchen

by Judy Pearson

Designing a kitchen can be a fun yet daunting experience. With so many different styles and options to choose from it can be hard to commit yourself to anything without second guessing your own idea. A kitchen should feel comfortable and homely, yet exciting to be in. Retro designs will always be a firm favorite for many people with their old colors, black and white floor tiles and American diner themed appliances. It has such a nostalgic feel and is a nod back to the days of rock 'n' roll, hair wax and high school dances. 

1. Picking the Colour 

The first thing to pick is the colour. Red and sea foam green are classic choices and reminiscent of Buddy Holly and his Fender Stratocaster. The colour is important, as it will be visually enhanced due to the abundance of black and white furnishings. The intention is to create bursts of 'eye candy' designed to draw your eye to various parts of the kitchen. Cream is also a popular colour, and whilst it is less visually dominant, it can help to add other tones when paired with other shades or used to create a more subtle design. Chrome is also a popular choice and often used as a furnishing. Chrome salt and pepper shakers, cupboard handles and utensils would work perfectly.

2. Having Appliances on Show

Picking the right appliances is as important as the colour. Many brands have retro themed kettles, toasters and food mixers which allow you to display them proudly on your work surface with out conflicting with the theme. The Italian brand Smeg is a brand whose classic designs really help to emphasise the 1950's theme. Bold colors to compliment the interior coupled with chrome fixtures and smooth rounded aesthetics which create a sci-fi feel and mimic the bodywork of classic cars of the era. 

3. Adding Personality

It's great designing the general interior of the kitchen; however, it's the attention to detail that will really help to give your home some personality. Storage tubs with vintage product labels and some 1950's themed posters will really help to add a subtle change of character and bring some personalisation to the room. Try visiting some secondhand auctions to reduce any costs and look out for limited edition anniversary product designs.

The best approach is to look online for as many different ideas as possible and to combine your favorite ideas to create a style that mirrors your personality. Either way it should be a fun process, and by the end of it, you will have a kitchen that not only looks the part but also provides you with a practical space that can be used time and time again.