Midcentury kitchen – If you wait long enough, everything comes back into style. Today, living in houses built in the 50’s and 60’s has taken on the furniture and decor styles that were popular when they were built. There are advantages to restore a kitchen to a historic style.
Think Formica. In his day, Formica was a high-end disk material, and it still holds its own on practicality. Early Formica counters were installed with a chrome border. If you’re not a stickler for authenticity, you might want to skip this because it tended to gather gunk. Another feature of early calculators were rounded ends with rounded shelves below that mimicked the art deco architecture. If you do not like Formica tiles are another option that fits in the Midcentury kitchen. Simple 2-inch square tiles fit the theme. If you want a deco look, go for pastel or white square tiles, with boundaries composed of long thin black tiles. The classic Formica and chrome kitchen table sets of 50s starts to go for high prices. At this point you probably need to re-dress the chairs. Another approach would be to use fiberglass Eames chairs with a simple table. If you prefer wood, look for Danish modern sets.
A Midcentury kitchen would generally have very common, flat face painted wood cabinets with chrome cabinet pulls. It was common to see about 3 horizontal slots with rounded ends just below the sink to ventilate it. Sometimes the cabinets were painted. Since the middle of the century, you can see the fake wood Formica, but it has not really come back yet. Eichler houses’ original cabinet had horizontal sliding doors. Linoleum is true to the mid-century, but when you look at the true patterns, you can discover it reminds you of the room you’ve seen in a very bad condition. To something more timeless, like black and white checks, or black and white tiles. Look for some retro fabric that goes with your color scheme, or keep it looking great with blinds with a ring pull.