I am in the mode: Cranking out a new 1940s style kitchen design board each week until I get them all done. I think there will be five in total. Here is #3: A retro kitchen inspired by a vintage American Kitchen ad. It’s dominated by the color red — via the ruby red mother of pearl laminate countertop — and anchored by a green linoleum that I’d describe as, yes, drab. But also, restful, which allows your eye to rest on the sharp colors elsewhere in the room. Remember: Every element of a design doesn’t need to “scream.” I hesitate to say “shouldn’t” scream but there, I said it anyway.
Elements to create a happy red 1940s kitchen:
- Fabric: Look for a drapery fabric that includes all the main colors in your kitchen. I prefer vintage — yes, it can be found in sufficient yardage if you are patient and tenacious.
- Sewing Pattern: Whip the fabric into curtains — you can do it!
- Sink: Elkay Lustertone 54″ stainless steel kitchen sink.
- Countertop: Mother of pearl (aka crackle ice laminate) from Heffron’s. We;ve had numerous readers find less expensive (not special order) red proxies — research our Kitchen Help/Countertops category to see those stories.
- Countertop edging: For this design board, I showed aluminum edging from RetroTrims.com
- Kitchen cabinets: Steel kitchen cabinets were available in the 1940s, too. I showed these vintage Whiteheads (a rare brand) so that you could see how the metal sink looked with a steel cabinet. If you want to hunt for vintage read this story only kinda in reverse.
- Vintage percolator: Vintage percolator on etsy.
- Linoleum flooring: Linoleum sheet flooring — in “Evening Moss” — from Armstrong
- Countertop depth French door refrigerator: I found another countertop-depth refrigerator that seem to have possibly not-supersized proportions.
- Vintage stove: Vintage 1948 Cromwell electric range from AntiqueAppliances.com.
Other stories to look for 1940s kitchen ideas:
- My mood board #1, anchored by white cabinets
- My mood board #2, anchored by wood cabinets
- Lauryn and Dennis’ sunny 1940s kitchen makeover
- Dave and Frances’ 1938 kitchen
- See how the tile is done on the wall in Kristen’s original 1940s kitchen.
- Maile displays her dishware beautifully in glass-front wall cabinets in her 1940s style kitchen.
- Vintage metal cabinets are appropriate, too — and lookie the best cafe curtains ever in David’s kitchen.
See all of our 1940s kitchen design boards here