Redecorating your kitchen retro style can be fun as well as nostalgic. Once you have decided on the floors, walls, cabinets and other basics, you will want to get the right retro kitchen accessories for the era you are styling for.
Vintage or retro kitchen linens like dishtowels, tablecloths, potholders and aprons can have an enormous impact on the overall theme of your nostalgic kitchen.
Dishtowels and other linens were often hand embroidered and monogrammed. Women traditionally put their initials on items when things were not as plentiful as they are today.
Monogramming the household linens signified ownership as well as items to leave to their children. There is some really fine artwork from embroidery and crocheting that are quite collectible today. During the somewhat mundane depression and war years, women would dress up their possessions using their superior needle arts.
Additional retro kitchen accessories might include a sunburst style kitchen wall clock, an old-timey wall phone, retro kitchen towels and of course retro kitchen canisters. Stoneware from the 1930s includes many items such as a Yellow Ware spice jar or pitcher creamer created by Hull Pottery in Crooksville, Ohio.
A set of these canisters would also include custard cups, a covered baking dish and a hanging salt crock. In the 1940s and 1950s metal canisters made by Decoware was familiar to housewives of the era. The name Decoware was stamped on the bottom of a wide variety of canisters, coasters, trays, shakers and breadboxes.
Fruit designs were popular in the 40s ostensibly due to the huge influence of Carmen Miranda. By the 1950s Columbus Plastics was selling Lustro Ware, a line of plastic housewares including many colorful canisters. Today, Lustro Ware is a favorite in the collectibles market.
There are many more retro kitchen accessories that can help recreate the look of an age gone by. By the 1920s and 1930s most homes had electricity so electric retro kitchen appliances started hitting the marketplace.In the 1940s Hot Point offered an electric range with unique push button controls.
These buttons controlled the temperature of the burners and they also acted as an on-off switch for the burners. A 1950s Frigidaire range with double ovens was promoted as a big time saver for busy cooks who needed to cook a turkey and several pies at the same time with different temperatures.
Frigidaire also sold a refrigerator with an inside freezer compartment complete with metal ice cube trays with handles to get the cubes out. Vintage coffee percolators, waffle irons and electric mixers will help round out the retro design.