Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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Retro design in kitchens is enjoying a comeback. Here, in the third article in KBDN's new style series, designers discuss the ins and outs of this happy 'blast from the past.' BY LIS KING Reveling in Retro hen HGTV, the premier on-air authority on everything design, shells out $2 million to buy the iconic Brady Bunch ranch in the Hollywood Hills and vows to restore it to its 1970s glory, you know that a trend is underfoot. As the show unveils celebrity designers' takes on the Brady family's rooms, the retro look will surely get a giant boost. As if it needs it. Designers report that retro – or vintage, as it's sometimes called – is already making a strong comeback. In fact, Orion Creamer, whose Big Chill company produces vintage-styled appliances, says that retro is proving one of the most iconic periods for design in American history. "We've seen major growth in the retro market for 15 straight years," he states. "And there are no signs of things slowing down." This look is more apt to show up in a kitchen than any other room in the house, and Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates, in Montecito, CA, feels that's only natural. "A retro kitchen is such a happy place," she explains. "It's fun, unpretentious and not afraid to be a bit funky. You can't help smiling when you enter such a kitchen." A FLEXIBLE STYLE But there is a lot more to retro than the Brady Bunch look. "Retro" is actually short for "retrospective," which means "looking back." Today's retro style can be inspired by anything from the 1920s up to the psychedelic patterns of the 1960s and bold color uses of the 1970s. Sometimes even the 1980s and 1990s are referenced. For, as designers remind us: Nostalgia has a lot to do with retro's appeal, and the end of the 20th century was when the millennials were kids. This is not to say that an era's particular look has to be cop- ied slavishly. On the contrary; mixing styles from different eras is perfectly acceptable, and select vintage elements can even add welcome interest to a kitchen designed in 2018. New York City designer Terry Stewart applauds what he calls "the broadening eclecticism," and he adds, "Mixing styles, from retro to modern, has never been more widespread. I see it all over, and I love that my clients often share unique combi- nations and varied resources and inspirations with me." Rosella Gonzalez, senior interior designer at Jackson Building & Remodeling, in San Diego, CA, agrees. "There's W Photo: Jackson Building & Remodeling, San Diego, CA 62 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018

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