5 ways to bring a funky retro vibe to your kitchen-diner

Style at Home shares how to get that funky vibe in your kitchen-diner with our top tips

Faced with the, some might say, garish orange and brown tiles of this original fireplace, many of us may have reached for the sledgehammer. But we’re glad the owner of this house didn’t. The fireplace became the starting point
– and now the focal point – of this fabulous kitchen-diner.

Take your cue from an existing feature, like this fireplace, and choose a wallpaper that picks out the colours to create a striking feature wall. This is a great way to introduce colour and pattern on a budget as you’ll only need a few rolls to paper two alcoves. The 1950s-inspired design is Sanderson Dandelion Clocks from Wallpaperdirect, available in three other colourways. Copper bistro chairs (an eBay find but look for similar at Nobilis Furniture) tick all the style boxes – as does the fabulous over-sized rustic clock.

To link the two areas of your kitchen-diner, ensure the colour theme flows through. Here, the warm wood of the fire surround continues into the kitchen area, with walnut worktops and the original floorboards. A subtle neutral paint shade for the walls throughout the space (Slaked Lime by Little Green) and glossy cream units from Easily Fitted Kitchens (try Wren’s Cream Slab kitchen for similar) help to keep the room light with a modern twist.

Industrial-style furniture works brilliantly with the retro look. These bar stools with funky leather seats are by Rockett St George, and similar styles can be found at Alexander & Pearl. Warm, copper-toned accessories with a loft-style feel continue the retro vibe. These smart pendant lights were found on eBay, but you can browse for similar at Light Plan Lighting.

This leather armchair is the business, isn’t it? A fabulous eBay find, it epitomises the vintage look perfectly and enhances the warm colour scheme, while creating a cosy corner for relaxing. The wallpaper (Sanderson Dandelion Clocks from Wallpaperdirect) was pasted in the alcoves only, as it might have been too overwhelming, however one of the paler colourways could be used across the chimney breast, too.

Choose a simple wooden table – as rustic as you can find – and lay it with tactile, natural accessories: a crisp linen runner and woven cutlery basket fit the bill. Keep the look relaxed with quirky tableware – this bold red and white crockery set is Arizona by Next.

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