If you love all things vintage and your style harks back to the 50s and 60s, why not extend that aesthetic to your kitchen? The good news is that you don’t have to go back to the technology of the 1950s in order to emulate the style of the era (although when it comes to ovens, 50s functionality is superb). A number of brands have combined retro style with the very latest in oven technology. What’s not to love?
Why choose retro?
Even if retro styling doesn’t enter into other areas of your life, the 50s is the hottest new trend in kitchen appliances. There’s a lot to be admired in the rounded forms, classic styling, bold colours and glamour of the 1950s. Pops of red, pink, green and blue can transform a dull kitchen and your oven will become a statement piece, a talking point, something to bring a smile onto people’s faces. Coloured ranges and ovens add personality to a kitchen and will set yours apart from the gleaming stainless steel kitchens seen in many homes these days.
Retro style, modern technology
If you love the iconic look of the 50s but still want to embrace all of the features of a modern oven, a few brands have launched ovens that hark back to the middle of the 20th century solely from a style point of view. This gives you the best of both worlds - a fabulously retro looking oven with the convenience of multiple cooking functions, electronic timers, self-cleaning modes, and extras such as teppanyaki plates on integrated hobs.
Choosing to go totally retro
Investing in a genuine 1950s gas oven or range isn’t such a mad idea. They were built to last, are often just as powerful as modern versions, and cost less than a shiny new stainless steel model equipped with all the bells and whistles. Even if you find a vintage oven that hasn’t been lovingly maintained, it’s not difficult to restore them. Just make sure you employ the services of a specialist company that knows what they’re doing and are licensed to work with gas.
If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t want a never-ending list of features on their oven - more to get to grips with, more to go wrong and need repairing - but appreciates well- built, efficient models that do the job they were designed to do, a vintage oven could be for you. You’ll likely get an oven that runs solely on gas, is built from sturdy cast iron, is well- insulated, and is functional.