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retro kitchens - kitchen nostalgia or shredder material? #9

So, kitchen fans, today's kitchen is from the "Yellow Period". Or is it from the "Brick with Black Grout Period" or, as I said another week, from the "Lionel Richie Dancing on the Ceiling Period"!

Look, good for the homeowners. My guess is they were very happy, cheerful, optimistic people, don't you think? Good for them, that they had the guts to go for it! Linda from Surroundings, can we even go down this road, as a companion for the bachelorette pad??

It looks apparent to me that someone had the foresight to recess the, normally monolithic, refrigerator. My guess is this was done because they wanted to have much more space on the opposite side, although that area is not shown. I also guess that the emphasis for, and placement of, ample counter space was on the other side because of the radius cutouts on each side of the cooktop.

Which makes me wonder if the refrigerator could have been positioned where the desk is, thus allowing for much more space surrounding the cooktop. But, who knows?

I cannot see any connection between, or reason for, the combination of the brick and the ceiling pattern (but I think in the 70s brick was obligatory as was pattern of ANY type). And, of course, more pattern was needed in the white lattice doors, and let's not forget the floor!

But, you know what? The owners get lots of points just for the overall happy effect. And, do to two different countertop colors at that time? Come on, how haute couture was that!

Scrappy Girl from Domino...thanks for the mention, is this what you had in mind for your kitchen? 

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Wow. Where to begin?


April 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterthombeau

This brings back so many memories. It looks like the same yellow I painted the Youngstown metal cabinets in my first home...before ripping them out in favor of off-white painted cabinets with a little dark glaze.
What a relief!
Only later, I read (in Woman's Day or something) that people FIGHT more in yellow kitchens. Hah! No wonder my ex and I couldn't get along.

April 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Deras, CKD, CID

I am speechless.which is rare.
I really do not like wallpaper on a ceiling in general. Clouds on a kids room, really high ceiling, OK. Otherwise it just makes you look up and it makes me dizzy.

I like this series. It makes me laugh out loud and since design is NOT brain surgery, nothing wrong with some humor. Even if it is with nostalgia.

April 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAbbeyK

OMG! That ceiling is hideous!

April 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterblackcadillac73

I think if this were in pink, it would definitely be a contender, Susan! Yikes, this one is yellow! I don't mind paper on the ceilings in theory, but this one feels a bit childish? I think this kitchen could be updated with white washed brick, a new floor and plain ceiling. Otherwise, I like the yellow woodwork!

I'm trying really, really hard to see the beauty in this. What I can't stand is the brick behind the stove. Paint it white!

May 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterscrappy girl

Oh my...that ceiling! Too funny. Very happy though... you have to give them credit for that!

May 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I painted my kitchen WALLS that color, Chickadee yellow (by Behr). Do you think anything is wrong with that yellow. (I wanted a calm yellow) My cabinets are a honey oak and the ceiling color is a neautral (Winter Garden by Behr, which is a light neutral green.) My appliances and the counter is black. I am hoping that my accents (deep reds) can detract from that yellow.

November 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFiby

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