Retro decorating ideas for Angela’s 1956 kitchen

retro decorating ideas 1950s kitchenAngela’s 1956 kitchen is a charmer — and today she wants our help with paint, flooring and retro decorating ideas to make it the happiest family space possible.  Yes: It’s Retro Design Dilemma time — let’s hear what you think she should do with this space.

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Reader Angela’s 1956 home was in original condition when she and her family bought it from the original owners in 2005. Since then, the family of five has been working to retain the original details, while putting their personal stamp on the house one room at a time. Angela kept the original tiles in the bathrooms and also wants to keep the original yellow and brown tiles in the kitchen. But, she’s looking for our help with retro decorating ideas that will make sense given this color palette. She wrote:

Hi Pam and Kate,

My name is Angela and my husband, Jim and our three sons have lived in our 1956 ranch since 2005.  We lived in our “starter” home for 17 years and when we outgrew that house, we found this one.  We doubled our living space and got a great deal, it was an estate sale and the previous owners never had children and did not change a thing since the house was built.  It was truly a “time capsule house”. We have updated every room in the house and saved the kitchen for last because I just don’t know what to do with it!  We kept the original tiles in the bathrooms, so I would like to keep the tile in the kitchen, even though I really don’t like yellow tile and brown trim, but it is in very good condition, so I can’t see ripping it all out.  We are also going to keep the plywood birch cabinets.  I bought a wood cleaner and they cleaned up very nicely.  I had to use a wood bleach on some of the cabinets to get rid of nasty black stains that I assume are from the metal handles and water over the years. I plan on rubbing on a stain to blend in with the rest of the cabinets and then putting a coat of poly on them to protect them.  As far as the copper handles and hinges, going to take them off and spray paint them black and put them back on.

Original-yellow-and-brown-kitchen-mid-centuryWhere my table is in the corner, I was thinking of getting a L shaped bench with a square table and 2 chairs on the other sides.  One other thing, I will not be putting the wooden dowels on the island back up, they also match the “valance” that is across the top of my window.  I would like to have a shaped wood valance like I have seen in other mid-century homes.  Maybe I can find a reader who will trace an outline of theirs so my hubby can make me one!

Mid-century-wood-kitchen-with-tile-backsplashSo, here is my question, what color should I paint the top half of my walls, and what kind and color of floor should I go with?  I would like a floor that is low maintenance and kid friendly..(I have two teenage boys, soon to be three!)  I wanted to go with a granite counter top in a dark color, but we may just go with Formica that looks like stone because of the cost and the low maintenance.

Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated!


Thank you, Angela — what a happy space!

Kate’s retro decorating ideas for Angela’s kitchen — Sunny and Sweet

yellow and aqua mid century kitchenAngela mentioned that she wasn’t a fan of the spindled valance over the sink — and I agree. Substituting the spindles for one of the scallop designs available from Randall Manufacturing — from Pam’s story — Scalloped wood molding — 6 ready made designs for retro cornices — would be a great solution. Angela mentioned changing out the countertops for a dark granite or laminate that looks like dark granite. I would not recommend doing this — adding dark countertops in the kitchen will make it feel darker — and I quite like the laminate counter tops that she currently has — which look to be a beige linen pattern. If those counter tops are in acceptable condition, I would not touch them. However — there will be an issue if Angela is removing the wooden spindles from the curved section of counter top — as this removal will leave square holes in the laminate. To solve this problem — Angela could either try to carefully patch the holes with something — wood, another laminate, cork — or have just the top of that counter redone in a laminate that coordinates with the original counters. If the laminate is in bad shape — I would choose a light colored laminate style — perhaps in the light beige, white or tan family.

yellow and aqua mid century kitchenWhen it comes to the walls, I would make the space cheery by painting the upper part of the walls a light aqua. To tie in this new color — a rectangular dining set with a light topped table and aqua chairs like the set above — submitted from a reader in our vintage dinette uploader — would add some cheery color to the room. One of the short ends of the table could be placed up against the wall, creating a booth-like set up that would still allow for 5 chairs to be placed around the table. For the floor, a medium colored cork tile — like this natural colored cork from Home Depot — would not show dirt and would stand up to all the foot traffic. Then it is just a matter of bringing in some cute vintage accessories in aqua and yellow to complete the look:

 Pam’s retro decorating ideas for Angela’s kitchen — Atomic Doodle DinerMid century kitchen with wallpaper and original tile


Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper – Atomic Doodle in Taupe

You know me, when it comes to adding color and pattern to a vintage kitchen, I am a ginormous fan of using wallpaper.  And happily today, due to the dramatically increased popularity of mid century modern and modest decor, you can find an abundance retro wallpaper patterns both vintage and new — see all our stories in the Wallpaper Category.

In my first mood board, above, I immediately thought of Bradbury & Bradbury’s Atomic Doodle wallpaper in Taupe. You’ll need to order a sample to check in the real environment of the kitchen, but I think the color ways and design of this wallpaper pattern would be nifty in this kitchen. The Doodle is a googie pattern – so it would inject some space age into this traditional space, which I think is just fine. Also, that looks like a really nice stove — you lucked out there. For wallpaper, I would try to find a pattern that picked up on the strong graphic of the black in the room. For the floor, I thought of 6′ wide sheet — the Corlon pattern reader Nancy recommended in this story. Mind you, I have not seen this terrazzo-mimic flooring live, but it looks like an excellent possibility for our retro houses. I liked the light look of the Limestone colorway with your kitchen, at least online. Finally, you will see in this first mood board, I thought to paint the fridge black — or buying a counter top depth fridge in black — or a Big Chill fridge, even — to coordinate with the stove. And, I like the idea of painting the coppertone hardware black. Again — going “graphic” usually appeals to me.

Like Kate, I would not spend money to change the counter tops. In “humble” mid century kitchens like this, I think “humble” materials like laminate just seem so much more appropriate that luxe granite (or faux luxe granite). I recently created a new page all about retro kitchen design, in which I talk more about this issue. In addition, your laminate counter tops sound like they are in excellent shape. And, while I do not have data to prove it, I really think the “old” laminate was stronger and more durable that today’s laminate. Also, the beige color is so perfectly neutral — so easy to decorate with.

Sources for Pam’s first mood board above:

Mid century kitchen with wallpaper and original tileAbove: I love your idea of a booth — or even a small round diner-style table. I might go for black and white — you could even pipe in some yellow! One thing, though, I would not choose a unit that seemed too “big” or else it might looked jammed into the space. Getting the right scale will be important to making this work, aesthetically. You can see, I chose smallish chairs to spotlight. However, depending on the size of your three teenage boys, you might choose to go bigger — for comfort. Make it comfortable space where everyone wants to hang out — first and foremost!

Disclosure reminder from Pam: My recommendations include some products from current advertisers (Bradbury & Bradbury, Hannah’s Treasures, Heffron’s and Big Chill.) While I am grateful for our advertisers, my including their products in mood boards like this are not included as part of their advertising deal. They did not and do not pay for me to write about them or include their products in these stories; there is no quid pro quo for editorial coverage. Read here about how we make money on the blog..


Pam’s second mood board of retro decorating ideas for Angela’s kitchen — Yankee Doodle DandyMid century kitchen with wallpaper and original tile

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Vintage wallpaper from Hannah’s Treasures.

Same idea as above, except this time, I found a kitschy 1950s vintage wallpaper from Hannah’s Treasures. It looks like it has all the right colors (interestingly — including the same blue that Kate chose for her paint color… blue and yellow work well together, it’s clear)… appropriate graphic punch… the scale looks right… and it’s a homey hoot.

Mid century kitchen with wallpaper and original tileSo there are our ideas…

Readers — what are your paint, flooring and retro decorating ideas for Angela’s kitchen?


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  1. MissyN says

    Hi Angela,

    You have a lovely kitchen! I would go for the Yankee Doodle Dandy/early American/Colonial look. Maybe “cool-onial” as Pam calls it! :) Slightly updated and modern.

    First, leave the cabinets and hardware as is beyond cleaning/protecting. They’re terrific!

    Now this may go against some of the suggestions, but if it were me, I’d keep the spindles, both valance and counter, but I’d ebonize them and their frames with black stain. This will create a nice contrast with the natural wood tones of the cabinets. Then the spindles will pop!

    Then, you can either stain or paint your existing chairs black, or look for new or old black Windsors. They are easy to find (new or old). The straight fanback or comb style, rather than curved or bowback, is the way to go. These will echo and tie together with the black spindles of the counter and valance.

    You can even go a bit toward Danish modern with this look. These Tapiovaara spindle chairs are Windsor-inspired:

    as are the Paul McCobb Planner Group chairs in black:

    Similarly, you can go with a Danish modern-style table and it will still work with any black Windsor. Again, you want the contrast between the natural honey-toned wood of the table and the black chairs, so that the chairs will pop.

    Next, paint your range hood a black semi-gloss – you can even distress it a bit, but you don’t have to. You can paint the the hood of your dining table light fixture to match.

    Walls – the nautical idea is great, but the ship wallpaper might be too busy. You can echo the nautical and early American theme in things you put on the walls rather than commit to wallpaper. So find a light cream paint color you like that sets off the wood. Or maybe a soft light gray that sets off the yellow tile.

    Now decorate the walls with lots of color, accented with black. Look for vintage early American textiles, Scandinavian folkloric wall hangings and table linens, Wilton black metal trivets, 1950s framed textiles and tiles like the ones by Robert Darr Wert, early American kitchen utensils, etc. All this stuff is easy and inexpensive online.

    Like so:

    The soffit above the cabinets is a perfect area to display plates and platters in bright colors, again with a nod toward early American; your wooden or copper utensils would look great up there too. I would paint this another color to create some contrast, possibly echoing the sunny yellow of the tile. You could even paint the ceiling to match the soffit rather than keeping it white.

    On your little lower mini-shelf below the main counter shelf – vintage cookbooks with cast iron or copper bookends, or a brightly-colored ceramic planter and plant with a few tendrils hanging down.

    Curtains – bright colored whimsical early American print in a cafe or valance style. Something that lets the light through.

    Floor – wood, or linoleum in a tomato red or warm spring green.

    Lastly, small rag or hooked rugs. Swedish rag runners are great for kitchens – you could run one along the counter between the range and the sink. Even if you only have one small rug in front of the sink it will add color and texture as well as provide some comfort.

    Again, you can tilt the early American toward Scandinavian modern/Danish modern in a lot of these areas, especially furniture and textiles – these two styles complement each other beautifully.

    That’s it! The bright colors will make it homey and friendly and the contrast of the black accents will tie everything together.

    Have fun – it’s a lovely room and I’m sure whatever you do will be wonderful!

  2. says

    I definitely like Kate’s Sunny and Sweet idea the best for this kitchen which is funny because I’m normally more drawn to the Atomic Doodle DIner style. I think it’s the tile color, it really lends itself to the softer look that Kate came up with. But if you don’t like the pale blue color, I think you could accomplish the same look with a pale yellow or green as well.

  3. Jamie D says

    I love the Sunny and Sweet theme. My first thought was aqua to contrast with the pale yellow tile. And if you really need another small accent color, little pops of pink accessories could work too. But I really love Kate’s first design above. Adorbs.

    • nina462 says

      Yes – Sunny & Sweet. Take the spindles off. No granite counter top – use a boomerrang formica countertop ….either with the light blue/yellow or tan boomerrangs.

      You could also use Red accessories. Red & yellow go well together.

  4. says

    Boy, you sure have a lot of ideas here. I definitely would go with wallpaper above the tile. I’ve had black linoleum flooring for 14 years (probably about 4 years old when we bought), and it has held up perfectly! Just a thought– if you paint the hardware, you’ll be touching it up for the rest of your life!

  5. Scott says

    That’s almost a dead ringer for my 1954 MCModest kitchen complete with the rounded shelves by the window and cut out details over the sink. Except you are already 2 giant steps ahead with that yummy yellow tile and Hudee ringed sink! :-)

    For my 2 cents when you have wood cabinets I think you need to go really bold with the rest of the colors in the room to keep the wood from looking too sleepy and too “now.”

  6. Terri says

    My apologies, I’m sure I’ve used the “h” word in regards to granite countertops along the way. I recommend against them, to me they have that “5 minutes away from being 5 minutes ago” look. Too trendy and for what you save with a nice formica, you can do other fun stuff. I also find them too hard and cold, they remind me of chem lab. So add another vote for something like the butterscotch boomerang.

    YES to the infinity power on the corner banquette. The round table looks out-sized in there. And please don’t paint the copper! On the knotty pine site there needs to be a little altar to copper accessories.

    I totally adore the spray painted stars idea and may be stealing that one myself. The bedroom in my 1950 Cape Cod needs some accent.

    I’m not mad at the spindles, but that would make a nice breakfast bar. Too fun! I hope you sub the “after” pics.

    • Angela says

      Yes, the table is too big, but I needed seating for 5 and didn’t want to spend alot (craigslist find) I needed something in the meantime until we figured out what to do with the space. L shaped booths are hard to find (I want something that doesn’t scream “cheaply made” and may have to find a carpenter to make me one…

  7. lisa says

    Just had a great idea for the floor — how about creating a pattern with marmoleum that includes a yellow shade, a brown one, a neutral cream, and one other accent color of your choice, arranged in a pattern something like this: Or like this:

    I like the Marmoleum colors: butter, golden sunset, and shitake with your tile. For accent, chartreuse. Or keep it neutral by adding forest ground.

    Also, check out Formica laminates – perhaps the new retro look “Dotscreen” would work in mint or tangelo? Shoji Screen looks promising for a neutral look, although maybe not quite the right brown? At Wilsonart, I like Natural Tigris and Sesame with your tile and cabinets. Why not order some samples and see what you think!

    • Angela says

      I like your idea for the floor. I saw a similiar floor on the retro site awhile back, they trimmed the floor in black tiles and used red and white check pattern to fill in…it looks nice, but not sure how it would look with my yellow tile…I don’t want to look like Micky D’s!! That is what I think of when I see red and yellow together..

  8. generaldine says

    That’s an amazing kitchen! I love it soooo badly! I also though aqua at first. I love that color in my own kitchen and the sunny sweet mood board is really nice.

    But I think I’d go all red there. Check board floor in red and creamy white. And I’ll paint the wall in light cream too. I have a lot of stuff on display on my walls, even if I like vintage wallpaper, it would be for me too charged. And I’d go for a red laminate counter top, or even something more smooth, a pale yellow linen laminate. For the punch I’d add some green items and deco. It might be “cliché” but think at those vintage coca cola ads where the red, bottle green and yellow look so good together.

    I love the idea of a dinning booth. In Red! And the scalloped hedges.

    Regarding the hardware, I would not paint them. It will be a life time touch up. Sell them as a set on ebay to cover buying a set in black if you like.

    But whatever you’ll do, it’s great that you save the tiles and cabinets.

    • TerriHD says

      Actually, red and aqua look nice together. My kitchen is a not-quite-identical twin to this one — brown and beige tile, yellow walls, white trim, identical cabs — and I’m accenting with aqua and red (latter’s a holdover from the last incarnation, plus Le Creuset’s too pricy to swap out).

      Agree on not painting hardware — but know that finding the same type of hinge in a different style is extremely difficult. (I think I’ve seen the same ones in black, if that helps.) I am gradually swapping mine out for pewter pulls and knobs and 3/8″ offsets (with the hinge visible on the outside), but one needs to do a bit of routing on the cabinet frame and door. Doable, but not for the very faint of heart. Refinishing is necessary too, or else there will be spots where the external hinges were. But very well worth it if one is not a fan of copper or that rustic style.

  9. Mindy says

    First of all this kitchen is a dream! I absolutely love it. I have to tell you the first thing I thought of was Betty Draper’s kitchen in Mad Men. It is beautiful just the way it is. I think paint or wallpaper would make a big difference. I know when I paint a room it feels like I have new room. I really like the idea of wallpaper and have been toying around with that idea myself. I guess I am just scared of putting it up by myself. I look at the wallpaper in my bathrooms and it is seamless. I don’t know if it would turn out the same if I did it-lol! I love your warm wood cabinets and the yellow tile. You can even use red for pops of color. Have fun and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  10. Angela says

    Thanks everyone for the great ideas! The walls are now painted with Kilz, they used to be yellow that matched the tile and it was too much yellow for me and needed to be painted again anyway…I like the idea of a breakfast bar but I don’t know if I would have enough room. Maybe if I found some of those rectangle seat stools-it might work. My husband said the same thing about painting the cabinet hardware-too many touchups. I don’t really care for the copper, but I can live with it…I think I will save that for last and see what happens. I am changing my mind about the granite-I saw the boomerang on here awhile back and I like that, so I am going to check it out! I also like the idea of a checkerboard floor..I need peel and stick vinyl because of having wall tile going down to the floor I can’t have any gaps with a “floating floor” and I think putting in a baseboard would look weird..I am trying for a modern update with a retro feel if that makes sense…I will keep you all posted and submit pics when finished…again thanks for the ideas!

    • Mindy says

      hi Angela! I just wanted to mention that we changed our cabinet hardware on the cheap by going to a used building suppy store. Were able to find boxes of hinges and pulls in really good shape on the cheap!

    • Janet in CT says

      Angela, in our last house, the island was in there pretty tight with little room to spare and we only allowed about a ten inch overhang for the countertop. I thought it would be tight but it was fine, but the stools didn’t tuck all the way in under the countertop. You can always check by sticking boards up against your peninsula to see how it works out before you make a decision.

  11. lynda says

    Hi Angela, Look at the Kardean Loose Lay vinyl plank. It is supposed to be laid so that it butts up tightly to the wall, no expansion area. I talked to a sales person the other day about the product. He said he has done a couple of commercial jobs that have turned out great. The planks just lay on the floor. One can be replaced easily if needed and if you have a water problem, you can just pick them up, let them dry and put them back down. He said nothing could be easier for a DIY job.

  12. Jim says

    Hi Angela, I’m kind of late to the discussion and didn’t thoroughly read all the comments, so I hope I’m not just repeating them. I think before ripping anything out or expending alot of energy altering your kitchen, you might want to try a style and color scheme that work with the existing kitchen. As far as style, not everything in the 50’s was inpired by the space age. Lots and lots of design was inpired by the country farm. Your kitchen is clearly one of these. I would, therefore, steer away from space age inspired motifs/objects and lean more towards the country farm. In this regard, I think your choice in dining tables was excellent and would not change it so quickly. I would also keep the copper pulls as they are very country and match the copper hood over the range and the copper light switch plates. As for color; the basic color scheme of yellow and brown is not the greatest. The most obvious and probably the best thing to do would be to introduce reds, oranges, and yellows to give the room more color while still complementing this existing color scheme. With all this in mind, I would try a country apple or country rooster theme for the kitchen. For instance, I think the country accent rug you chose is on the right track, but the blues and browns are too dull. A country apple rug would be much brighter and give some contrast to the overall brown in the room. You can google country apple rug to see what I mean. Also, has lots of really beautiful accent rugs that would help brighten your kitchen. Overall, I think I would keep your kitchen pretty much intact. I think the wooden dowels over the sink are charmingly country and much better than a cut out. I’m not so sure about the dowels on the island; the island itself seems to serve no purpose other than to define the kitchen area and to disrupt the flow of traffic, which might be the reason for the dowels. The one thing I would definitely change is the floor. I would either paint it a dark red (as one of the better kitchen remodels did on this blog) or paint it to match the counter and live with it for a while before deciding on a permanent change. You can even paint in pretend color accent tiles to see if you would like them. I hope I’ve been helpful.

    • Angela says

      Hi Jim-It’s funny you mentioned apple, because my old kitchen had the apple accents and I saved all of it in case I wanted to use it again…When we first moved in we talked about completely gutting the kitchen and I am so glad we didn’t. I do not want take out the cabinets or move walls around. I just want to replace the countertop, the floor and paint the top of the wall. I have alot to think about! The floor we have now is brown carpet-looks like a 70’s update the previous owners did. I really don’t care for the copper, so I was going to paint the hardware, replace the switches and light…but I am going to save that for last and see if I like it after the other stuff is done.

    • Mindy says

      Wow Jim! a man after my own heart! I love your ideas!! I personally love pops of reds and I have done the apple theme in my kitchen. I also did a plaid wallpaper that had red in it-similar to one in Betty draper’s kitchen in Mad men. I also had commented earlier to bring in reds. I think whatever she does she cant go wrong it is a beautiful kitchen.

  13. Jim says

    Also, I would stay away from a checker board floor. They’re too busy and dominate whatever room they’re in, which can become annoying after a while. On the other hand, a checker board of light brown and yellow that matched the wall tiles could be pretty (possibly painted on wood planks for an aged/distressed feel to it). Or maybe a neutral floor with an inset line border.

  14. Jim says

    My last suggestion (I promise): Leave the kitchen intact, dowels and all; the dowels on the island tie the overall country design of the kitchen together (for the holidays you can decorate or hang greeting cards on them). Leave the walls white for now. Rip out the carpet and paint a white and pale yellow checker board on the floor with extra large squares on a diagonal. Use all your other money for a really well made country style L bench and table.

  15. Joe Felice says

    I actually like the “simple” look of the “before.” Maybe with a little color on the wall and soffits. An appropriate light fixture is needed. The black range sticks out like a sore thumb. That’s the first thing I noticed in the picture! Another thing that needs to go is the copper switch plate by the door, since there is no other copper in the room (unless she ties in in with a copper light fixture). Also, a yellow sink is needed. What would really be cool is if she could find someone to paint the appliances the same color as the tile. A corner booth would be OK, if she could match the wood to the cabinets.

    • Angela says

      This is how the kitchen was when I bought the house in 2005..the black stove was already here..I have painted over yellow walls with Kilz as in the pictures waiting for suggestions on a wall color..I want a new stove and fridge (no taller than 64 inches unless I want to rip out the upper cabinet and I do not) I also think the L shaped table should be wood that matches the cabinets and will probably have to hire a carpenter to make it for me..

        • lynda says

          I agree. The range is nice–a classic, slide-in, black glass with a stainless top. If it works, the range looks like it was a high-end purchase at one time. (and it has been taken care of, it looks spotless!) Although I am not a stainless fan, a fridge with black sides and a stainless front might blend nicely with the range. The cute retro ranges and refrigerators are quite expensive and I am not sure they would look quite right in this kitchen. I think they look more like a cottage look, and this is not a cottage style kitchen. Or maybe the fridge should be painted with black chalkboard paint like some on the blogs have done. It makes a bit of a statement without spending a lot of money. Check Craigslist for banquette or bench style built -ins for nook before hiring an expensive carpenter. If you are handy, you may be able to use over the refrigerator cabinets from Ikea to build an L shaped bench and add cushions. I have done this before. Just look at Google images for ideas.

    • TerriHD says

      Am betting the copper switchplate matches the copper pulls and hinges. Personally I’d keep the white sink, but a SS sink would coordinate nicely with the stove — it would be a bit more of an early ’60s look, but authentic nonetheless. I’ve also seen that paired with copper — my grandmother’s kitchen, remodeled in ’64 by previous owner just before she bought it.

  16. says

    Love the kitchen – if you decided to take out the tile, you could send the yellow my way as it is an exact match to the tile around my tub! Just kidding – I really think you should leave the tile. It can look surprisingly different with the introduction of a third color. I would either paint the upper walls a robin’s egg blue, aqua or mint green, or paper with one or more of those colors in the design along with a yellow.
    I’d also leave the laminate counter tops, if they’re in good shape – they’re so neutral, and really would do better justice to your lovely kitchen than anything looking like stone. I like so many of the ideas already put through.
    My parents’ 1962 kitchen had stainless appliances that came with the house (not the garish ones available today, but lovely and balanced), but I think if you were to change out appliances, a copper, brown, aqua, green or even yellow would fit the tone of your kitchen better.
    I, too, would take the spindles out and add a cut-out over the window. Good luck with whatever you do!

  17. Angela says

    Hello Everyone, I still haven’t touched the kitchen yet. I am having a hard time trying to decorate around that yellow wall tile. I have decided that I do not want wallpaper, and I would like to put in a peel and stick vinyl tile floor. Thinking about “refinishing” the wall tiles in white, painting the top half of the wall a blue color, laying down a black and white vinyl floor and using red as an accent color. Still thinking about counters, but I did get a sample of white with blue boomerangs that might work. This is the hardest project so far trying to figure out what to do..we had to put this project on the back burner due to unexpected repairs that come up all the time in these old houses. If you have any suggestions or comments, I would love to hear your thoughts!

  18. Catherine says

    Angela, I’m the same Catherine who posted before, who has the same kitchen tile and cabinet color scheme. Looking at your pictures this second time, I really think that the tile *is* your kitchen your decoration. You are 75% of the way there–90% after you replace the floor. Mine is the original, which is mainly off-white with some dark gold in it–looks great with the walls. You just need to get some curtains and replace the missing cabinet pulls and light fixture.

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