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Decorating How To: The Retro Kitchen, Done Right

A lucky Seattle kitchen gets a modern 'retro' makeover

The words "retro kitchen" strike fear in the hearts of many a remodeler—visions of knotty pine cabinetry and tangerine-colored appliances dancing in their heads. But our friends at Porch.com prove that not all things retro requires a reno. With some help from Atelier Drome, this Seattle family transformed their cramped and dated cooking space into a midcentury-inflected dream. See the dramatic before-and-afters below. 

Before + After: A Retro-Modern Kitchen Makeover

A sea of slim gray tiles that stretches from countertop to ceiling is the streamlined space's statement feature. Paired with untrendy blonde birch wood and dark concrete countertops the redesign perfectly suits the home's midcentury origins. Above the stove, a collection of era-spanning ceramics and an atomic-inspired wall clock complete the vibe.

Before + After: A Retro-Modern Kitchen Makeover

The reconfigured open floor plan is far more suitable for modern living, incorporating a central dining table, sleek appliances, and a mix of standard cabinetry and open shelving. The ebony reclaimed-wood floors ground the otherwise airy decor.

Before + After: A Retro-Modern Kitchen Makeover

The homeowners also took scale into account for this small-space redo. A compact sink maximizes usable counter space, while the built-in appliances allow for additional storage. Minimalist pulls on the cabinetry keep things from feeling visually cluttered. 

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