Retro is one of my dearly favorite styles. Ask why? I will answer: I am a supporter of family values, and I am sure that nothing unites generations like the foundations and traditions. For me, the warmth of the hearth is not a common phrase, but a fundamental concept that is the basis of a strong family. I have noticed more than once that the desire to decorate a kitchen in a retro style is expressed by customers for whom the inner spiritual content is much more important than external attributes. By the way, I have repeatedly come across the fact that the clients, initially tuned in to modern or hi-tech, after getting acquainted with the retro interiors, radically changed their minds and were seriously carried away by the "legends of deep antiquity."
What is RETRO?
Retro is a very broad concept that encompasses a huge time range. This style is not associated with a specific historical period: the design of the Victorian era (XIX century) and the interior of the middle of the last century can be attributed to retro.
The retro style combines several completely diverse directions, each of which has its own characteristics.
Reflection of foggy Albion at the beginning of the 19th century. Kitchens in those days were a spacious room with a hearth and an oak dining table, usually installed in the center. Natural stone and wood of noble species were used in the decoration, the walls were decorated with paintings (still lifes), the windows - with stained-glass windows.
A tribute to the fashion trends of the 20-30s of the last century, for a long time it was considered the standard of luxury and chic. The most expensive materials were used for decoration: ivory, genuine leather, silver and even gold leaf. The furniture was distinguished by a large number of soft curves and "curls"; crystal and semi-precious stones were used for decoration. ceramic cookware pros and cons
Retro pre-war era
A riot of colors with limited inclusions of black and white and a lot of original accessories made of copper or brass. Geometry, ornaments, glass and chrome elements in the design are welcome.
Mid-century retro style
This is the minimum amount of furniture with a very strict geometry, a slight matte sheen. A special chic are accessories made in the style of that time (for example, a mixer in the form of a brass tap, or an original lampshade "a la 60s").
Despite the variety of directions for all interiors made in retro style, one can find common characteristic trends:
Time stamped furniture: the aging effect allows you to more faithfully imitate the spirit of a reproduced era.
Stylized or built-in home appliances, cleverly hidden from prying eyes.
The original color palette, typical for the selected historical period.
Abundance of accessories and textiles.
For a reliable reproduction of the interiors, you will have to study a lot of literature, old archival photographs, which is quite difficult to do on your own. That is why it is worth seeking help from a professional designer who will offer several retro options for your kitchen.
Whatever retro direction is chosen, painting or wallpapering is most often used for wall decoration, the apron of the working area is laid out with tiles, the color of which is combined or, conversely, contrasts with the shade of the walls. The ceiling, regardless of the method of finishing (painting, whitewashing, wallpaper or stretch), remains white. The floor is characterized by large tiles of bright colors, a special chic - a checkerboard pattern. With the right combination of colors, it will be possible not only to emphasize the style, but also to visually expand the space. In addition, ceramics are the most practical and hygienic material for kitchen flooring.
What to do with household appliances?
To prevent modern household appliances from introducing dissonance into the interior of retro-style kitchens, they must be hidden. There are 2 options here: purchase built-in appliances that will be hidden from view behind cabinet doors (false panels), or try to find antique-styled household appliances. If you prefer the latter, Foster, Franke, Hankel, Kuppersberg, Longran have retro style hobs, ovens, hoods and refrigerators. You can find these and other brands in the Osmin online store. By the way, fans of real vintage can borrow an old grandmother's refrigerator - massive, streamlined shape with large handles-brackets. By the way, similar ones were released in 2014 by Bosch - especially for fans of "older" equipment.
Those who strive to accurately reproduce the interior of a certain historical era will have to spend a lot of time searching for and restoring antique furniture. Naturally, buying antiques will result in a very significant amount. It is much easier and faster to order a kitchen set and a dining group in a retro style: designers of furniture companies will suggest the best option for interior design, depending on the wishes of the client. Modern materials and technologies make it possible to manufacture furniture that is completely indistinguishable from real antiques by its external features.
Do not forget that restored furniture requires a very careful attitude: changes in temperature and humidity can be destructive. It is much easier and more practical to purchase a set with an antiquity effect (achieved by platinizing, brushing or processing with craquelure varnishes), the care of which is reduced only to wiping off the dust.
By the way, in the times when the retro style corresponds, kitchen sets were not produced: furniture was assembled from separate items - cabinets, sideboards, sideboards, pedestals. The common accent (with the exception of the retro 50-60s of the last century) is a massive dining group - a large table made of wood or stone and heavy chairs. Stylization for “Khrushchev's minimalism” is relatively simple: all that is needed is a modest-sized table and a few stools.
Retro kitchens: decor tips
Found an old table and chairs in the attic? Do not rush to throw them away: they can become the basis of a retro-styled kitchen interior.
You should not go shopping in search of decor items or accessories: the most valuable and original finds are usually hidden in grandmother's chests or closets.
Everything is good in moderation: an overabundance of old things instead of feeling comfortable can have the opposite effect.
A few bold accents can help create a subtle hint of a kitchen with a history that looks more elegant than a kitchen filled with mindless antiques.
For window decoration, it is advisable to use appropriate textiles: blinds and retro - "two things are incompatible."
The ideal lighting option is chandeliers, floor lamps, sconces and lamps made from the old times.