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The retro kitchen is making a comeback – and for a good reason. After nearly a decade of pristine white kitchens filled with marble surfaces, first-time homebuyers and homeowners looking to renovate their space are leaning towards a more unique look that better represents them. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home so why not add some personality to it?

The ornate design, colourful cabinetry and decorative patterns typical of retro styles offer plenty of charm and create a homely feel in any kitchen, making for the perfect antidote to minimalist designs that too often lack some character.

So, where to start? Let us guide you through a few of our favourite retro kitchen ideas to give your kitchen a stylish yet timeless retro look.



Probably the most iconic feature of 1970s kitchen designs are the colour schemes. For a perfectly retro look, whether you’re thinking of painting the walls or cabinetry, opt for pastel shades of mint green, duck egg blue or soft pink. These will instantly brighten the room and bring a little bit of warmth into it. Pastel hues are also the safest option if you want to inject some colour into the kitchen but you’re not feeling brave enough for a bolder, darker shade.

Pastel hues, like this on our Shaker furniture, act as the perfect backdrop to any retro design that can be personalised with 70's accessories.


Patterned floor and wall tiles are a fun way to add a bit of personality to the kitchen space. Whether it’s chequered black-and-white or bold colours, let the 1950s inspire you. Your kitchen will be filled with playful prints and an unmistakably stylish atmosphere.

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Retro-looking appliances are back in fashion, as more people are starting to realise how versatile they are. Candy-coloured appliances are a great way to add a colour accent to the room without having to commit to a pastel scheme. They also provide a retro touch while offering the high-performance features that consumers expect.

Looking for more retro kitchen ideas or design inspiration? Request a copy of our 80-page brochure or browse Our Kitchens page to be inspired by our latest case studies.

Alternatively, book a complimentary consultation in your local Harvey Jones showroom to discuss your kitchen design with our expert designers.

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