Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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RETRO COMPONENTS The floor is an important part of the retro kitchen, and as far as Margie Grace is concerned, it offers a great opportunity to cre- ate scrumptious patterns. She confesses to scouring sales bins in flooring stores for vinyl tiles in interesting colors; she then maneuvers them into an intricate pattern that will pave the way for high style in the retro kitchen she's remodeling. She also likes old-fashioned linoleum. Vinyl tiles and lino- leum are kinder to the feet than tile, she notes. For countertops, she likes laminate. "It's true to the retro look," she maintains, "and it comes in myriad patterns and col- ors. So you can't put a hot pot on it or chop on it. So what? Use a cutting board. I had a bit of trouble finding authentic metal edging for the countertop in the last kitchen I remodeled, but Rejuvenation came through for me. It's a terrific resource for anything retro." Marmoleum, a vintage flooring product that's enjoying an impressive revival, is a favorite for retro kitchens. Meredith Ericksen, for one, swears by it. "It's so natural, it's claimed you could eat it," she says, laughing. "I suppose you could if you like linseed oil and pine rosin. But it's extremely eco-friendly. It also lasts forever because the color goes all the way through, and it comes in both solid sheets and tile format, so the design possibilities are endless." Lighting is another chance to add pops of color, and Nelson, Grace and Erickson all chose orange, a true retro color, for pen- dants in recent projects. Again, Rejuvenation is the name that crops up as an excellent source for vintage products. Accessories for a retro kitchen couldn't be easier, design- ers say. If it's a pretty shape and a fun color, it'll work. Think orange, red, yellow, green – could be a red tea kettle, a stack of decorative cake tins or Fiesta ware. Think of a couple of open shelves for all that color. "It'll make you smile even when chopping onions," says Grace. Art belongs in the retro kitchen as well, designers agree. Abstracts in vivid colors work well. But so will framed vintage movie posters…still more proof that retro is best when it doesn't take itself too seriously. ▪ up-to-date convenience, such as temperature management, automatic moisture control, ice maker and Energy Star per- formance for refrigerators and electronic ignition systems, convection fans and 18K BTU burners in ranges. The company also features dishwashers and microwaves to match their refrigerators and ranges in the delicious colors that bring the retro vibe home. But manufacturers of conventional appliances have also been listening, offering small appliances in colors that any ret- ro kitchen fan would swoon over. Think mixers, toasters, cof- feemakers, kettles and more in colors like aqua, cobalt, tomato red and pistachio green. Designers recommend checking out the wares of such companies as KitchenAid, Keurig, Cuisinart and DeLonghi for those retro colors. Abstract art and vivid accessories add retro flair to a kitchen designed by Bart Lidsky, The Hammer & Nail, Ridgewood, NJ. Lively floor patterns are a favorite design tool for Margie Grace's colorful updates of vin- tage kitchens. Photo: Peter Rymwid Photo: Holly Lepere 66 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 STYLE ALERT

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