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Lively yellows, punchy patterns, and galvanized metals hit a high note in this cheerful breakfast nook.

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A booth tucked into the kitchen accommodates casual meals (and wave-watching!) in this beachside California home. Metal stools sidle up to the breakfast nook's table, constructed of salvaged wood. The chandelier dates from the 1960s.

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In the kitchen of her summer cottage, interior designer Sarah Richardson chose two different gray-greens by Benjamin Moore for the cabinets: Gray Cashmere up top and November Rain below. The marble tile backsplash incorporates the kitchen's many hues and loosely resembles life buoys—a nod to the home's island location.

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This breakfast nook has a beachy, barefoot quality—underscored by a braided rag rug, deliberately mismatched seats, and a pair of oars leaning in one corner and painted a color similar to "Treasure Isle" by Olympic. A crate full of glass bottles offers a foolproof way to arrange flowers.

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Along the barn's kitchen wall, Cooper repurposed boards looped with jute rope into a rustic shelving unit. His collection of yellowware bowls, interspersed with quirky "bits and bobs" (including a sign that gives a nod to his latest album), adds a pop of color.

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The kitchen island doubles as an ideal food station and gathering place for a guest list that includes friends both old and new. "I'll even ask people to bring along a friend I've never met before," he says.

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In the House After a few years of living in the country, Sheryl packed up her sons and moved to Nashville in 2012. "We brought all of our country animals into the city like The Beverly Hillbillies," she says. The centerpiece of the property, an English manor-like home, built in 2005, boasts rich wood paneling, multiple fireplaces, and beautiful beams that make it the perfect backdrop for her antique finds both large and small. After a few years of living in the country, Sheryl packed up her ...

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The Crouches utilized reclaimed materials to give the kitchen a lived-in feel. Take, for example, the spacious island supported by antique porch posts or the range hood crafted from salvaged pine.

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In this (supersize) galley kitchen, a teak island and two oversize galvanized fixtures above it reinforce the home's not-too-delicate, bring-on-the-wet-swimsuits vibe. The muted colors of the traditional-style cabinetry, charcoal tile, and soapstone countertop allow the nature outside to steal the show.

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For a more pronounced diner vibe, update your cabinets with a diner-inspired makeover. Colors like country green or powder blue are the perfect hues to perk up your eating space.

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If you don't want to dish out the cash on a retro fridge or oven, add splashes of color throughout the room. Here, the yellow paint job instantly makes the room more upbeat, and the classic red hue makes an appearance on the cabinet knobs, chairs and hood.

11 Retro Diner Decor Ideas for Your Kitchen

You've probably noticed diners have a lot more old-school appliances than you do. A 1950s-style Smeg refrigerator will certainly add decorative charm—and a welcome pop of color—in a small kitchen. But since those big-ticket appliances have hefty price tags, you may also want to consider smaller gadgets like a Smeg toaster, a popcorn machine, a vintage can opener, an ice cream maker, or a pop-up hot dog toaster. (Yes, the last one is a real thing.)

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Besides the food, the center of any diner are the cozy booths. Those comfy red leather seats are practically calling out, "Sit, stay a while." If you really want to go full-retro, splurge on a classic red booth for your kitchen. For a less expensive option, try bar stools or diner-style chairs in red, black, or mint green.

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Transform utilitarian spaces (cupboards, kitchen appliances, file cabinets) by lining them (inside or out) with contact paper. Worried about putting the petal to the metal (or wood or particle board)? Don't be. It's easily removable.

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There's a certain forget-me-not charm of faded floral artwork. Who was the budding artist with those not-so-perfect brush strokes? How did the still life spend its past life? (Proudly on display in a posh tearoom? Tucked away in someone's attic?) Display them en masse in a breakfast nook, then ponder these questions over a cup of rose tea.

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Amp up a bland spot behind the sink with a vivid tile or a bright fabric under tempered glass (like the one shown here). Frequent watering encouraged.

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A chandelier, an oil painting, and floor-length draperies in a kitchen? Yes! Janet, a former chef, chose to dress up her 100-square-foot space in a way that feels in keeping with the rest of the home.

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Beadboard paneling and eye-pleasing open shelving take this utilitarian space from practical to pretty. Clear canisters and wicker bins keep (almost) everything in plain sight.

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Wicker baskets, greenery, and a richly hued mat prevent the sink and shelving area in this tiny kitchen from feeling too white.

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Inside this cabin is an eight foot bar, but we'd rather eat al fresco on the patio! #outdoor #dining

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A statement-making tile backsplash in your kitchen is a smart investment and here's why: Not only is tile incredibly durable and easy to clean, it helps break up an endless arrangement of cabinets. Used correctly, tile backsplash can add a touch of artistry to a kitchen in even the smallest amount of space.

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In one trailer, a black tile wall serves as the backdrop for the small kitchen. The darkness of the dramatic installation adds dimension and helps to ground all of the neon accents.

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Step aside, stainless. From cabinets to countertops, kitchens are getting lighter and brighter. And now top appliance makers are getting in on the white-hot trend with ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, toaster ovens, and microwaves to match.

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