Modern day fashions often leave a lot to be desired and rarely hit the spot in terms of the longevity of the design. However, that is not to say that said designs will never come back into fashion because, more often than not, they do. Fashion seems to be a rather circular concept in that what was once in fashion is guaranteed to come back into fashion yet again a little further down the road.
The fact that retro kitchen appliances are now back in fashion should prove this very point. The designs of yesteryear are back with a vengeance and now adorn remodeled kitchens as they did a few decades ago.
What Are Retro Kitchen Appliances?
Retro kitchen appliances generally refer to items that were initially designed in the 1950s for the kitchens of the growing middle classes. They were characterised by their bright colours, gaudy and bold patterns and their rather bulky nature. If you have ever seen a film from the 1950s then you will probably have seen the inside of a diner at that time. It will have had a checked floor, usually in black and white, a colourful jukebox and a whole range of appliances, such as the boxed refrigerator and highly decorative kitchen table. You may even find a jukebox in there as well.
The Value Of Retro Appliances
Not only will retro appliances look appealing, but they can also be extremely valuable, depending on the nature of the appliances that you choose. For example, you may visit your local home décor store and purchase reproduction retro kitchen appliances. They are literally worth the face value that they are sold in a store for because they are made in the modern era.
The designs may be the same, but they will have been manufactured and sold for an inflated price by modern companies in the name of fashion. They will have an amazing effect in your kitchen and provide a great talking point but if you are looking for future value then you should choose refurbished products instead.
There are many refurbished products out there, with the most popular being the vintage refrigerators. They can actually sell for up to $29,000 and will have been completely stripped bare and then put back together again. If any parts need to be replaced in order for the item to be operated safely then that is completed, but the individuals that do refurbish the appliances use original vintage parts wherever possible. Some will not need parts because they were designed to be simple in every way, including cleaning and maintenance.
The Modern Kitchen And Retro Designs
The modern kitchen fits in very well with retro designs and appliances because they are part of that pattern that sees old style fashions come back with a slight spin. The minimalism that is currently in fashion serves to highlight retro appliances and make them the focal point of any remodeled kitchen.
In fact, many redesigned kitchens are purposely planned out around retro equipment to give it character. When paired with modern harsh lines, big appliances and bright colours can have a memorable and rather fun effect. It is no wonder that so many homeowners are opting for them over the dour and boring inventions of today.
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