Retro diners create an aura of comfort, light-hearted laughter, and the cheerful nostalgia of the good ol’ days. Who wouldn’t want to bring that atmosphere into their home kitchen? Well, maybe you don’t want to go all out on a complete 1950’s diner remodel, but there are several ways to that you can bring some of the goodness of an old-fashioned diner to your home without much work or investment. Here are 6 ways to add a touch of 1950’s diner to your kitchen.
Black and White Checkered Tile
This classic tile look is a must for any retro diner. It’s the perfect floor for dancing in your sneakers to the jukebox or for wiping up spills from a melting malt.
Coca Cola was EVERYWHERE in the 1950’s, especially donning diner tables and walls. Keep your eyes out for some vintage Cola Cola decor while you thrift or look online at several vendors for vintage Coca Cola keepsakes to add a splash of the past to your kitchen.
If you really want to go for a vintage diner look, you could invest in some retro appliances. Thankfully, many companies sell “retro-style” appliances with the old-school look, but with the updated and efficient technology for practical purposes so you can actually use your kitchen to cook some tasty old-fashioned meals.
Vintage Celebrity Posters
Diners would often “salute the greats” in their diner art with giant wall displays of celebrity faces or famous movie posters. You can salute your favorite oldies in your kitchen with vintage celebrity pictures, old film posters, or really just any classic diner art from the era to give you the warm nostalgia fuzzies when you walk into your kitchen.
Red, especially when paired with the black and white checkered floor, is the classic retro diner accent color. Whether you go with actual red vintage diner seating or simply add a touch of red to a wall or cupboards, red accents will immediately give your kitchen more of that cozy diner feel.
Neon signs are an awesome way to liven up your kitchen diner at night. Whether you are trying to bring out the excitement of evening dancing hours or the quiet reflective hours of the late diner crowd (or both!), neon signs are sure to help you in your quest to create a 1950’s diner feel in your kitchen.