Kitchens play a key role in our childhood memories. From family dinners to helping mom cook for the first time, nearly everyone can recall not only what they did in the kitchen but how it looked, too.
Even with today’s trends toward ultra modern appliances and fixtures, there’s still room to bring that vintage look into your kitchen.
The term “vintage” generally refers to styles that originated between the 1930s and 1950s. Think bright colors, rounded edges, and designs that seemed very modern at the time.
Here are a few ideas for mixing old and new in your kitchen:
On the larger side, an icebox freezer or oven with built-in storage cabinet can make more of a statement. Colors like yellow, blue, pink, and green, were popular in the 1940s and 50s. A farmhouse-style trough sink also evokes a vintage look.
Choose from original appliances that have been restored, or buy a modern one with a retro look. The latter will likely be more energy efficient because it is made using today’s technology.
One easy way to bring a little retro to your kitchen is by looking for vintage-inspired appliances. Everything from coffeemakers to toasters is available in bright colors and styles that evoke the 1950s and 60s.
Yes, that’s right. Linoleum was all the rage for counters and flooring in the 20th century, and it’s still available today.
For a true vintage feel, look for bright colors and bold patterns. If you are going this route, you may want to balance flooring or counters with more modern appliances to avoid vintage overload in the kitchen.
For a slightly older look, consider green glass tile for a backsplash. Also known as Depression glass, it was popular in the 1920s and 30s because it was low cost and readily available throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Pair the back splash tile with green glass drink ware or cookware to take this look one step further.
Even if everything else in your kitchen is modern, there’s room to add some old school accents with your fixtures. Head to an antique store or flea market to find handles, knobs, and other details that will add an extra bit of charm to your kitchen.
By shopping off the beaten path, you are more likely to find one-of-a-kind items that no one else will have.
The bottom line
You will need to determine how many vintage elements you want to include in your kitchen. The best results come from a balance of old and new. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and create a kitchen where your own memories will be made for years to come.