Vintage styles are making a big comeback with the help of companies like Big Chill, which developed its Retro appliance line as a fresh take on the hot colors of the 1950s, according to co-founder Orion Creamer. You can buy Retro fridges, ranges, microwaves and dishwashers in eight standard colors: Beach Blue, Pink Lemonade, Cherry Red, Buttercup Yellow, Jadite Green, Black, White and Orange. (Custom colors are available, too.)
A buttery yellow refrigerator with softly curved edges recalls the past while providing all the function of today. White cabinets and doors provide enough contrast to the space to keep the yellow tones from overwhelming, while still maintaining the brightness of the space.
A vintage pink refrigerator is positioned against a yellow wall on which are several small clay animals. Brightly-colored iron chairs sit around a rustic wood table carved from a tree. A mosaic tile counter and painted hood continue the colorful look.
A red refrigerator and vintage canisters pop against this retro kitchen's otherwise monochromatic color scheme. Black wood shelving lines the space and the stainless steel sink, while metal geometric wall panels serve as a backsplash.
The vintage feel of this kitchen was preserved thanks in large part to the '50s style refrigerator, while Mediterranean tile lines the walls. Mercury-glass mirrors were added to the cabinet doors in order to brighten the tiny space.
The neutral color palette needed a bit of personality, so designers peppered the space with blue details such as the barstools and double ovens. For a little more fun, a blue, retro refrigerator was added, bringing out the blue hues in the neutral granite countertop.
A brand-new, retro-inspired stove is the centerpiece of this sunny kitchen. The center island is lightweight and easily moved to create easier access between the refrigerator, sink, stove and food preparation areas.
To create a polished look in this remodeled kitchen, designers added a stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and sink. A stainless steel range hood is suspended just above the center of the kitchen island, its geometric design complementing that of the hexagonal tiles. On the back wall above the sink, open shelving creates functional, convenient storage for easy access to dishes.
To create the perfect vintage, farmhouse look, designers at America's Most Desperate Kitchens added a new, pastel green Smeg refrigerator. Despite its retro design, it has all the modern gadgets of a stainless steel fridge in a cute, kitschy package. To complete the design, custom large pattern tile flooring and an exposed beam gives the space an authentic farmhouse feel.
White maple cabinetry with Shaker-style doors and black, ceramic hardware offer an abundance of storage in this bright, sunny kitchen. The center island is lightweight and easily moved to create easier access between the refrigerator and food preparation areas.
This pink kitchenette makes the most of limited studio apartment space. The main focal point is a reproduction of an antique sink, and a stainless steel shelf and counter houses a small refrigerator, toaster and microwave oven. Lighting is provided by two retro-style pendant lights.