1950s Design Ideas for a Retro Touch & a Nostalgic Elegance

The golden era of design, known as the 1950s, has undeniably left a lasting impression on interior aesthetics. Today, the influence of this well-known decade is clear as day as many homeowners take inspiration from its distinct style to concoct their own kitchen versions that offer the best of the past with the convenience of the present.

In kitchens of today, echoes of the 1950s can be found in the resurgence of mid-century modern design. The clean lines, geometric patterns, and a penchant for vibrant colours that defined the era have become a staple in modern interior decor. From retro-inspired appliances to checkerboard floors, the 1950s design elements continue to capture the imagination of homeowners, making a strong case for the enduring appeal of this classic era. In this article, we explore design ideas that pay homage to the 1950s, creating spaces that not only harken back to a bygone era but also seamlessly integrate with the needs and aesthetics of contemporary living. 

1. Old-school, modern appliances

Revamp your kitchen with a nod to the past by introducing old-school appliances – for instance, consider iconic pieces like Smeg’s collection of FAB fridges, a modern interpretation of the classic 1950s refrigerator. With its vintage design and modern functionality, this ultimate retro fridge effortlessly combines nostalgia and convenience.

But that’s not all; Smeg’s range of retro-inspired appliances extends to other small appliances such as kettles, toasters, stand mixers, coffee machines, blenders, and more. 

2. Checkerboard chic for your floors

A classic checkered tile floor will take your kitchen back in time, no doubt. While the classic black and white combo is ideal for a timeless look, don’t be afraid to experiment with vibrant colours as well. Yellow and blue or white and red checkered tiles are just a few alternatives that are sure to contribute a whimsical feel to your kitchen, proving that great style knows no bounds.

3. Pastel palette perfection

Give your home a refreshing twist by incorporating pastel colours – think mint greens, baby blues, soft pinks, and buttery yellows. Whether it’s a mint accent wall or pastel green appliances, these soft and soothing colours can instantly transport you back to the 1950s. They also create a light and airy atmosphere reminiscent of the era. 

Take Smeg’s appliances, for instance. Our range of 50’s Retro Style Aesthetic small appliances come in pastel green for that perfect mix of nostalgia and contemporary functionality. Imagine your kitchen adorned with a pastel green Smeg toaster, kettle, or blender – these appliances not only boast a stylish design but also deliver top-notch performance, making them a delightful addition to any kitchen.

4. Elevate your ceiling with elegance 

When it comes to evoking the soul of the 1950s, remember to look up. Revive the space you have by getting creative with your ceiling! Consider using classic ceiling tiles, pendant lights, or even a dazzling chandelier to lend an aura of retro grandeur to your kitchen. The sky's the limit, quite literally.

If you’d like to take it up a notch, you may consider embellishing your ceiling with a mural that captures the spirit of the 1950s. This adds visual appeal and allows you to express your own style within the nostalgic framework.

5. Balancing the retro with modernity 

Truth be told, a kitchen with a 1950s vibe can incorporate modern elements and doesn't have to completely lack contemporary features. Incorporate new features seamlessly to create the ideal balance of past and present. Use modern appliances, smart home appliances, or minimalist furniture in your retro-inspired kitchen. The aim is to strike a perfect balance that acknowledges the past while still embracing the modern comforts of today.


To bring these concepts to life, consider exploring our range of products, including our iconic built in ovens and gas hobs in Singapore. Visit our website to discover how our timeless appliances can add the perfect retro flair to your modern home.