paint colors & vintage guides

Here are some basic recommendations for paint colors with a mid century feel.

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  1. Amanda says

    Please help me. My kitchen and living room share one huge wall. I am decorating my kitchen with the 50’s theme. Mama’s kitchen back in the day. I need a very cool retro color that will look good in the kitchen as well as the living area. Please help me, the painter is coming next week lol!

  2. Akash says

    Hi , i have a 1950 house which needs painting , but am not sure which colour they would be and furnitures combination.I have seen in hotels they amaze and inspire me to do the same.Please help.

  3. angelika says

    Hello there,
    I have a vintage philco fridge from the 50’s and am thinking about repainting it. Would love top find a vintage turqoise to begin with and was hoping to get some help in finding the right type of color and product to purchase.
    Thanks for your help!

  4. Tammy says

    I bought a 1946 brick ranch w Republic Steel cabinets in great shape. They need painted and look like the original color was a light lime green. Do you have any idea what the original paint color was?

    • pam kueber says

      Usually white. See all our research about steel kitchen cabinets in our category Kitchens / Steel Kitchens.

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