DIY couple transform old kitchen into retro seventies paradise

Haven’t you heard? The seventies are back.

And now the signature aesthetic from the decade of disco isn’t only influencing our fashion and beauty choices (curtain bangs, anyone?), but also our interiors.

Handy couple Hannah O’Mara and Erdin Boratac wanted to put a bit of life back into their dated, period kitchen – so they decided to transform it into a bright, colourful and fun seventies space.

They completed the look with meticulous detail, even down to their choice of appliances.

When Hannah and Erdin first purchased the property, they fell in love with the original period décor.

As big fans of upcycling, they spent time scrapping out and carefully removing the original tiles of the property in order to fit new electrical cables throughout the room. The couple also restored the original kitchen units to retain the character of the kitchen.

The colourful transformation certainly brightens what was once a faded kitchen. And the DIY-lovers have documented their creation of the ultimate seventies paradise on their Instagram account – @trueseventiesromance.

Speaking with online electrical retailer, AO.com, Hannah said her love for the decade inspired her design choices: ‘We didn’t have the heart to skip it, so we spent our time and money restoring it rather than replacing it.

‘We wanted to run a complimentary colour theme throughout the kitchen, which is in keeping of the era and sets off the original units which have also been restored.

‘We then paired this with colourful retro appliances which completed the look of the kitchen.’

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Hannah and Erdin were able to tap into the classic seventies trend by adding pops of bold orange throughout the kitchen to give it a vibrant retro feel.

Keeping with the theme, they then accessorised the room with the Smeg 50s retro collection to further enhance the space, achieving her desired look.

When it comes to top tips for a kitchen makeover, Hannah adds: ‘My first tip would be to create a clear plan.

‘We created mood boards and agreed all accessories, appliances, and colour schemes ahead of the works starting.

‘Secondly, I would check if there is anything you currently own that could be upcycled. Whether that’s an old dining table that could be sanded down and re varnished or kitchen units that could be repainted/restored and transformed with a new work top.’


Speaking about the transformation, AO.com’s kitchen appliance expert, Lauren Clark, comments: ‘We love how Hannah and Erdin have changed their kitchen into a retro paradise that is so fun and unique, yet has a stylish touch.

‘In fact, data shows that the hashtag #RetroKitchen has fetched 13.4 million views alone on TikTok, which is considerably more views than any other room in the home and reflects that there are many likeminded people choosing to transform this space.



For those looking to give their kitchen a similar makeover, Lauren recommends starting by considering some colourful appliances.

‘In fact, while traditional white or light grey colours will always remain a popular finish, this year we have seen green become a desired kitchen colour choice,’ she says.

‘But, for those who may wish to be more cautious with incorporating bolder colours into the kitchen, start by introducing smaller items such as a colourful kettle or coffee machine so you can just dip your toes into the new style.’

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