What is retro? Retro is French rétro, from rétrospectif, looking back, ultimately from Latin, and aims to be inspired by or interested in the trends, fashions or technology of a previous era. Swedish kitchens from the 30s to the 60s have actually looked quite similar. Pastel colors, smooth doors, visible hinges, snap handles, the row of glass switches for spices under the kitchen cabinets and shack checkered floor. Leaning cupboards in wood and smooth sliding doors with snap handles.