Today’s kitchen décor comes in all colors, sizes, and eras. A fun way to decorate your kitchen is with a little ’40s nostalgia. Painted cabinets, glass knobs and vintage bedding combined with new appliances that have a retro look can give you a unique and functional kitchen.

You can get a great ’40s look without spending a bundle and still be able to fill your kitchen with some nice collectibles. Here are some ideas on how to get a 1940s look in your kitchen.


Some popular colors from this era include jadeite and a red and white theme. You can find many vintage accents to fill your kitchen with any of these color schemes. Why not start a jadeite collection that you can display in open cabinets and use for tableware. You can liven up the place with vintage wooden handle contraptions that are painted jadite and cream. If you go for the red and white theme, there are plenty of red vintage kitchen utensils and vintage bedding can really liven up the place. Another advantage of the red and white theme is that you can also add a fruit theme on top, like apples or strawberries.

I would leave the walls a neutral color: white or off-white so that it does not detract from all of them.

your great accessories. A linoleum floor in a checkerboard pattern would be perfect.

Some color coordinated rugs can add a little color to the floor and tie it all together.

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Simple lighting is the best. You can buy antique ceiling lamps and wall sconces if you want a

really authentic look. Of course, you want to make sure you have enough tasks.

lighting, so some modern lights will have to be worked on. I suggest you make them as subtle as possible so they don’t look out of place.

Window treatments

Use vintage curtains for your windows. You can buy them with complementary colors and cool patterns.

If you can’t find curtains, make some from old kitchen towels or tablecloths, you can buy tablecloths that have stains in 1 area at a fairly cheap price and then use the good area for curtains. If you go for a 1940s red and white kitchen décor theme, you may want to choose cherries or apples as a sub-theme and look for curtains with those fruits in the motif.


The glass knobs will really liven up your furniture and cabinets and add an authentic vintage look. If you’ve painted cabinets white or cream, try the green glass knobs. Your table and chairs should be a chrome vintage style dining room (you can buy these new and you can still get old ones too), or a vintage style wooden table with an enamel top. If you can’t find any of these, you can buy any type of table and hide it with a vintage tablecloth.


1940s-style kitchen accessories can be found in antique malls, and you can also buy new ones.

Soften the room by hanging antique tablecloths and tea towels. Chrome appliances go well with this look, as do the retro-style appliances you can buy new these days. And don’t forget the vintage

bread box and jars – all kitchens had them on the counter and you can choose from chrome

or nail polish in cream and green, or red and white to complete your look.