Colorful retro-style refrigerators have come a long way since their midcentury heyday. Vibrant colours and retro design equals stylish appliances. While some contemporary models have played up the retro fridge’s classically small size to fit tiny spaces, others have expanded to accommodate pizza boxes and a week’s worth of groceries. Some retro appliances could give your kitchen a charming and stylish look. In fact, it seems to be a quite popular trend these days. From mini dorm fridges to gigantic French door models, here are ten of the best colorful fridges.
7 Brands That Make Colorful Retro Style Refrigerators
This adorable mini fridge, available at Urban Outfitters, is just the right size for a dorm room or a tiny studio apartment—and it even comes decked out with a built-in bottle opener on the side. This space-saving model takes up less than two square feet, but with coral and blue options, it injects the room with a hit of pretty pastel color.
Always evocative and eclectic, they are the standard bearers of the “Made in Italy” design quality that is famous all over the globe for its blend of art and functionality. Smeg is an Italian brand that’s actually an acronym for “Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla,” or “Guastalla Emilia Enamel Works.” The 65-year-old company has made all order of appliances, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that it began to sell 1950s-style refrigerators.
- 50s-style refrigerator
- Left-hand hinge
- Red color
- 50s-style refrigerator
- Includes freezer compartment
- Right-hand hinge
Smeg’s 50s retro range features unmistakably vintage designs whose classic, sinuous lines and vibrant colours combine perfectly with cutting-edge technology. It’s safe to say that this product line, developed by Smeg’s internal design studio, has definitively changed our way of thinking when it comes to appliances. Bland, mass-produced free-standing items have been given the elbow in favour of real icons of style.
While not currently available in the U.S., these vibrantly colored fridges from German brand Oranier are most certainly retro-style—and they include a standalone freezer! Where as Smeg seems to favor design over features, these fridges include a bit more, such as automatic defrosting, egg containers, and an impressive freezing capacity, according to Appliancist. They’re also very efficient and quite spacious.
The Nostalgia Electrics RRF325HNRED Retro Series 3.0-Cubic Foot Compact Refrigerator Freezer in Black can store and keep cool snacks, beverages and more! Best of all, this mini refrigerator-freezer has the look and feel of a fabulous 1950’s diner, but has the appeal of a modern appliance. Featuring an adjustable thermostat, separate freezer compartment, bright interior lighting and a spacious, clear fruit and vegetable crisper, the unit also has one removable shelf and two in-door shelves. It’s a fun and stylish addition to any kitchen, rec room or home office!
And Big Chill appliances are sized to suit your needs. The Original Size brings massive 20.6 cubic foot capacity for stocking up on weekly essentials or weekend entertaining. Big Chill’s Retropolitan and Pro Line fridges offer spacious 18.5 cubic foot storage. The smaller 14.4 cubic foot Studio Size tucks easily into your office, the dorm, or anywhere you need compact cooling with fabulous style.
Capture vintage style and modern performance with a Big Chill fridge.
Big Chill’s Retropolitan fridge brings you back to the 1950’s with its iconic design and bottom slide out freezer. The Retropolitan is energy star rated with plenty of storage space and all the modern amenities. Choose from eight standard colors or 200 custom colors. Our Retro Refrigerators are assembled in Boulder Colorado and enjoyed in creative households all over North America. Check out the photos above for inspiration and order yours today.
You’d expect a company with such beautifully designed home appliances to also have a well designed website, but that’s not the case with Elmira. That aside, Elmira appliances seem to dig deeper into appliance design history, culling elements from Art Deco to the Atomic Age, with a touch of Thomas Kinkade schmaltz for good measure.
Even GE has thrown its hat into the retro ring with its line of sleek black-or-white “artistry” appliances. These fridges, dishwashers, ranges, and microwaves each feature the vintage GE logo, and look amazing—if you’re into a choice between black and white, that is. They’re also pretty affordable; the GE Artistry fridge runs for around $1,000.
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Not sure if it is just the color, the style or the whole thing that I love about this fridge
Amazing color scheme. Love love love.