Keen to tap into the style of Camilo Tor­res’ kitchen? A few key touches are all it takes

25 Beautiful Homes - - 1930S SEMI -

Char­ac­ter­ful kitchens are head­lin­ing right now, in­clud­ing those that give a nod to the past by ref­er­enc­ing mid-cen­tury de­sign. Try bal­anc­ing the prac­ti­cal el­e­ments in your scheme with a retro-style aes­thetic to get the look.

Old school

Retro kitchens are a win­ning choice be­cause they de­liver per­son­al­ity and style, and are well suited to the open­plan liv­ing ar­eas that many of us en­joy. The key to get­ting this look right is to avoid be­ing a slave to the style, which can re­sult in an overly dated fin­ish. In­stead, in­cor­po­rate sub­tle de­sign ref­er­ences with lighting, ac­ces­sories and colour – de­tails that can eas­ily be sub­sti­tuted with­out hav­ing to re­place costly work­tops and units, should you wish to change your scheme in the fu­ture. Retro kitchens rely on an el­e­ment of fun, so be play­ful with the fin­ishes, opt­ing for state­ment floor­ing, such as graphic tiles, and fit­tings with an old-school edge, such as vin­tage-style fridges and ap­pli­ances. Paint­ing wooden units in a pas­tel or bold colour will add a retro vibe, as will opt­ing for a com­bi­na­tion of fit­ted and un­fit­ted pieces to cre­ate an eclec­tic look.

All in the de­tail

Be­fore you start plan­ning your kitchen, gather in­spi­ra­tion from mag­a­zines, mood­boards and Pin­ter­est. Scour an­tiques stores for din­ing ta­bles and for­mer school chairs for a unique mis­matched look and cre­ate an in­for­mal feel with glass-fronted cab­i­netry and open shelv­ing. Use va­ri­ety to keep the ef­fect con­tem­po­rary, mix­ing orig­i­nal pieces, such as Hans Weg­ner Wish­bone chairs, with mod­ern el­e­ments, like pen­dant lights. If your bud­get won’t stretch to orig­i­nal clas­sics, pick new pieces in a retro shape, as Camilo did with his mid-cen­tury-in­spired Ikea ta­ble. And do mix ma­te­ri­als, too. Camilo has paired oak touches with white cab­i­netry for a retro feel, car­ry­ing that com­bi­na­tion through to the floor.

Cap­ture a retro feel with mid-cen­tury moulded chairs and geo­met­ric fab­rics

Con­sider a mix of wood and sleek white units, plus bar stools and bright pen­dants

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