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Interior design trend spotting – vintage, retro appliances

Vintage appliance ad from 1960, photo by jbcurio.

Call it retro, call it vintage, call it hot

Vintage appliances, most notably from the 1950s are popping up in homes across America and adding the perfect dash of nostalgia to modern designs. Major cities have appliance restoration houses, so they are not difficult to find, and homeowners are not only seeking out restored pieces, but commissioning the restoration specialists to find an exact style.

Maybe you remember your grandmother’s turquoise ice box, or the yellow rounded fridge from the house you grew up in, and adding it to a standard kitchen can make a huge statement.

In searching for these pieces, some dealers call them retro appliances, others call them antique appliances and yet others use the term vintage appliances, but we just call them hot! They are restored to look new and are absolutely gorgeous.

Because they are somewhat cost prohibitive, they are popping up in higher end properties and luxury homes, but as the demand on vintage rises, the field could become more competitive.

Northstar appliances offer the look of the 50s but are new and even Energy Star rated. Click picture for more info.

1952 Chambers stove with original finish. Click photo for more details.

Big Chill retro style appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers, and stoves) come in retro green, yellow, pink, black, white, cream, red and orange. Click photo for more info.

1929 Magic Chef 8 burner gas stove, click image for more details.

For more interior design trends like accessories, colors, stencils and patterns, click here.

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  1. Travis Foote

    August 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I think these are awesome. Back when appliance makers made something that would last more than 2 years.

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