Retro Diner Decor Ideas for Your Kitchen

There’s something about diners that feels like home. Sure, the amazing comfort food has a lot to do with it, but the inviting bar stools, bright colors, and nostalgic memorabilia are all part of the experience, too. So what could be better than bringing that welcoming, retro look to your own kitchen? Don’t worry, we’re not talking about spending thousands on renovations, but rather serving up some old-school Americana with some thoughtful yet practical details that will recreate that vintage diner atmosphere. Decorating your walls is a simple way to reinvent your kitchen. For a bold look, display word signs like ‘Eat,’ ‘Diner’ or ‘Kitchen.’ (The brighter the colors, the better!) If you want to go the authentic route, display vintage advertising posters (like this kitchen’s 1960s supermarket ad), road signs, vintage license plates or framed vinyl albums—all of which can be found on Amazon or eBay. 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. Even if you’re not a soda drinker, you can’t deny the permanent spot Coca-Cola has in American culture. Emblazoned on everything from crates to coolers to syrup dispensers, the logo has made the brand iconic, which is probably why it has a constant presence in old-school diners. Incorporate the recognizable trademark into your decor with a Coca-Cola straw dispenser, kitchen placemat and napkin holder, or hunt down some retro soda pop finds at the flea market. It’s hard to find a diner without memorabilia (posters, old records, small figurines and more) honoring 1950s icons like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean or the Beatles. For your own kitchen, add a small framed photo to your growing wall art collection or, for display these adorable Elvis Presley and Jukebox salt and pepper shakers.

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