Get the Look: Updated Diner Kitchen

I like the retro diner vibe in kitchens, but it's easy to overdose on reproduction chrome furniture and 1950s kitsch. So for this Get the Look, I decided to create a modern and sophisticated kitchen with subtle nods toward diner style. Here's how to recreate it.


The palette: Avoid cute overload by steering clear of bright and/or primary colors. Instead, opt for understated white-and-silver appliances, and throw in some darker tones like brown and forest green.

The furniture: Rather than go for a matching table and chairs with typical chrome accents, I decided to pair diner chairs with a modern wooden table that merely takes its design cues from the '50s.

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The lighting: Look for hyper-modern and luxurious light fixtures and fans that echo art deco and retro styles.

The accents: Here's where you can let a little bit of kitsch into your kitchen. Scour for vintage clocks, napkin dispensers, metal signs, and the like on eBay and other antiques sites.

The appliances: There are tons of reproduction vintage appliances available nowadays, including countertop electrics, stoves, and fridges. I love these refrigerators from Big Chill.

For all of my picks, click on the photos below.

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