Design Inspiration: Colorful Kitschy Kitchen

Design Inspiration: Colorful Kitschy Kitchen


Fun prints, bold stripes, and vintage collectibles make your kitchen rock.

Every time I see our lobster chair pads one song always comes to mind: "Rock Lobster" by fellow Georgia natives The B-52's. When I spy an order of bright red lobster chair pads being shipped it someone has dared to have fun with their decor. Come out of your shell and go a little crazy in the kitchen! Put on some tunes, tie on your cutest apron, and rock out while whipping up an aspic!

"We were at the beach ; Everybody had matching towels ; Somebody went under a dock ; And there they saw a rock ; It wasn't a rock ; It was a rock lobster!" —"Rock Lobster" The B-52's

Most people take the time to decorate their living rooms and bedroom. Kitchen decor is often neglacted despite the fact that we spend a lot of time in our kitchens cooking meals, entertaining, or cozying up with coffee in the mornings. (We recommend a percolator to go with this look.) Adding bold colors and fun features will turn your kitchen into a lively vintage showcase of kitsch that's practical, too!

Start with Valspar's Lemon Curd and add some Cosmic Blue and Limeolicious accents. Don't let yellow walls put you off. Yellow is a neutral base that adds warmth and light to a room and works with lots of color combinations. Always get a paint sample and try it out on the walls. (Always request fabric swatches for our products if color matching is a priority!) 

Go all in with retro styled appliances in a rainbow of colors and sleek chrome accents from Elmira Stoveworks and boomerang laminates from Wilson Art. Enjoy the aesthetics of mid-century style with modern features, construction, and durability.

Make your kitchen a showcase of vintage accessories by putting them to use. Rid yourself of the cold stainless steel of modern canisters and build a collection of classic Tupperware. Ditch the drab glasses and grab a vintage sets at a local estate sale. Ask your Grandma if still has her collection of salt and pepper shakers. Don't forget a Penguin server to keep your ice for those cocktails. Mid-century kitchenware was built to last and you can find great deals on some amazing pieces.

Lastly, add an uplifting window treatment with our Westport Red cabana stripe cafe valance. With primary colors of red, blue, and yellow, it will mix and match with any color scheme you can dream up and anything you can collect. It is mildew and fade resistant, too!

Dare to design with fun in mind and rock out with mid-century kitsch in your kitchen! Visit our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Products in this post

Sea Shore Lobster Red Chair Cushions

Sea Shore Lobster Red Indoor / Outdoor Dining Chair Pads & Patio Cushions

Colorful Kitchens

Dream big and bright. Elmira Stoveworks Northstar line offers a variety of colors in vintage styles. They have an online designer to fulfill all your vintage kitchen fantasies. Bring on the party with a refrigerator featuring a built-in beer tap. (If you are more of a DIYer, there are plenty of online tutorials and advice for painting your current appliances such at this one from Bob Villa.) Round out the whole look with a fun retro boomerang pattern for your countertops with Wilson Arts RetroRenovation laminates. (Check out all of RetroRenovation's vintage kitchen makeovers.) 

Practical Vintage

Don't just put your vintage pieces on the shelf. Put them to work! Liven up your kitchen storage with vintage Tupperware containers in bright colors. These mid-century favorites are all over thrift stores waiting to be re-purposed. Serve up your meals in vintage Pyrex which is all the rage with collectors. Check out Retro Solstice for glassware sets for your next shindig or a lazy afternoon on the patio. (Ddon't forget that most vintage glassware is not dishwasher safe!)

Westport Red Cafe Valances

 Our Westport Red Cafe Valance is a pop of primary colors to top off your window. We also have chair pads and barstool covers in coordinating fabric. These valances are indoor/outdoor fabric, too!


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