Be inspired by a vibrant retro 1960s family kitchen

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A 1970s-inspired mustard yellow and chocolate brown scheme brings richness of colour and warmth to the kitchen area. Using cabinets around the fridge freezer makes clever use of the space. Restricting the floor-to-ceiling units to one area at the entrance and leaving the rest of the walls fairly open still allows for plenty of storage without enclosing the room.

1/5 Family kitchen with practical layout

retro splashback kitchen

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Harvey Jones

Skinflint Design

2/5 Brown and white kitchen with retro tiles

white retro tiled kitchen with wooden top stool

(Image credit: Eastburn Country Furniture)

A simple colour scheme of white and brown is made vibrant with the addition of retro patterned splashback tiles. The small bar area has a quartz composite support for a modern, chunky profile. It's a convenient place to have an informal meal and also provides valuable additional worksurface space.

Eastburn Country Furniture

3/5 Retro kitchen with geometric splashback

kitchen with brown cabinet and white worktop

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Step back in time by adding geomtric patterned tiles to a modern kitchen. Continue the yellow and brown colour scheme by adding dark brown cabinetry. Temper the boldness with white cupboards and a white worktop.


4/5 Larder cupboard with spice racks

white lader cupboard with storage jars and kitchen spices

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nikki Crisp)

Door-mounted spice racks create extra storage and help prevent smaller items from getting lost at the back of the larder cupboard. Jars with vaccuum lids are a great way to keep food fresh and look neat and tidy, too. Painting the inside of your cupboard doors as well as the outside will give your kitchen a perfectly-finished look.

Cabinetry paint
Espresso Shot and Handkerchief White paint from Dulux

5/5 Galley kitchen with parquet flooring

neutral kitchen with retro tiles

(Image credit: Chauncey)

This long, open-plan space extends into the garden. Simple, modern cabinets in subtle colours complement the bold tiles, and worktops with a light finish prevent the room from looking too dark. A row of pendants draw the line of sight towards the dining area and garden, which has been given an airy feel with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Beautiful and elegant, this oak parquet timber flooring makes a stylish statement.


Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.