When it's time for a bathroom or kitchen upgrade, some of the greatest
inspiration may come from another time entirely. Some of the most on-trend
styles of today are actually throwbacks to bygone eras.
Learn how to make your updated spaces pay tribute to re-emerging trends and add
your own modern touches with these three new-again looks.
A retro-modern design is unique in every way, with elements transitioning from
the historically unfitted 1920s to 1950s charm and eccentricity. The result is a
space that represents many eras and design styles, and the kitchen is the
perfect space to bring this look to life.
Start by establishing a focal point for your retro-modern design, such as a
functional nod to the past. Long before modern refrigeration, iceboxes were used
in many of the homes in the early 20th century to keep foods fresh. It's
possible to mimic this look with the Wellborn Cabinet Premier Series, to achieve
an icebox look that actually functions as storage space.
Use contrasting finishes, colors and textures to uniquely define a small space.
For example, a modern cabinet scheme in a dark stain or paint contrasts
beautifully with stainless steel hardware and a pop of color to break up the
cold nature of stainless steel.
Then bring some uniformity with an option like Shaker decorative legs, which
adds to the multi-era design feel. Deriving from the Shaker lifestyle and
tradition, the tapering effect offers a beautiful yet simple design feature.
Integrate the look across multiple elements, such as a wooden-style tapered leg
icebox, along with stainless steel tapered legs on wall and peninsula cabinets,
which can pair nicely with stainless-steel hardware and a 1950s Malt Shop
Accessories are an important part of kitchen design, which is why they should be
kept top of mind when building or designing that dream space. Features such as
removable under-sink baskets and a double wastebasket kit lend ultimate
No matter the era, lighting is a must for a functional kitchen space. A
carefully crafted, multi-layered lighting design is an essential component of a
dream kitchen. An option like Hafele lighting, now offered through a partnership
with Wellborn Cabinet, makes it possible to illuminate cabinetry, delivering
ambient, accent, task and decorative lighting to create the right mood for any
A beautiful, ornate bathroom with plenty of traditional features can truly be an
interpretation of elegance in design. Plan for an abundance of luxurious,
spa-like elements to achieve this look. Incorporate features such as warm
hickory covering every inch of the walls and built-in lighting to set the tone
for a relaxing atmosphere. Then incorporate antique-styled mirrors and glass
hardware to create contrasts amongst the rich tones and texture.
You can create a distinctive alcove effect by situating the sink vanities
directly between matching cabinet ends and recessing two mirrors into the wall.
A decorative arch valance can add beauty and function, as this is an ideal place
to tuck away lighting that provides depth and visibility.
Let a large soaking tub take center stage between the sink vanity and a custom
makeup area. While you can rely on cabinetry for functional features, it's also
a way to continue adding elegant touches, such as a beautifully crafted tub
skirt and arch that complements the vanity area.
No luxury bathroom is complete without a stand-alone makeup alcove outfitted
with unique features like drawer dividers (perfect for hair accessories) and
countertop hideaway cabinets. Consider creating a focal point using rounded
spindles to create depth and allow the custom makeup section to stand out in the
design. Lastly, embellish the distinguished look with molding options that
highlight the feature areas and create a defined line around the room.
An elegant, spacious master bathroom is luxurious and functional, proving that
practicality can be used in a glorious way.
Going to the extreme with your aesthetic with a retro design is all about fun,
with features such as pops of color in the tile behind the vanities or fun and
whimsical wallpaper. A 1950s-style bathroom lets you play on your childlike
senses. From bright colors to mixed metals and textures, this unique design
style pays respect to the era of Car Hops, Airstream Travel Trailers and Lucille
The key to making a throwback-styled design work for your contemporary needs is
all in the modern elements. Think along the lines of illuminated drawers and
cabinets and base pull-out wire baskets. These fun twists of technology paired
with retro-styled elements make for a winning solution.
When it comes to the vanities and cabinetry, remember that both style and color
can bring your retro design together. Don't be afraid to step outside more
traditional wood tones, and use unexpected colors such as the pink hue available
in Wellborn Cabinet's ColorInspire program. For the woodwork, look for details
such as conical-styled, slender legs that add to the 1950s feel.
Reminiscent of days past, a fabulous '50s bathroom is the ultimate definition of
an eccentric design.
There's no time like now to begin planning your on-trend home upgrades. Explore
the latest styles and home design options at wellborn.com.