Checkerboard floors, farmhouse sinks, and scalloped accents. Yep, we're rounding up the best of vintage kitchens—as modeled on modern renditions. Why buy any old appliance when you can get one with decorative charm, like this '50s-style Smeg fridge? Bonus: They take up less space!
This Is Everything You Need for a Dreamy Vintage or Retro Kitchen
20 Vintage Kitchen Decorating Ideas - Design Inspiration for Retro Kitchens
This beautiful kitchen melds reclaimed building materials, architectural elements, and vintage graphics in innovative ways. Tin details spark interest on the ceiling and above the range. Chip-painted boards create an inexpensive, high-impact backsplash, while corbels support the island's breakfast bar. Symbols of a different time -- including a sugar-curing sign, stained-glass window, and assorted advertising tins -- supply era-apt colors and motifs. Today's vintage kitchens need to work harder than ever before. Easy-to-clean painted cabinets, a deep apron sink, sealed wood countertops, and painted floorboards provide country style with plenty of function.
How to design a vintage kitchen
Obviously, not everything in the space can be truly vintage, in the sense of being antique or heirloom. Those kinds of items can be incredibly pricy and difficult to find, plus their functionality may not be able to keep up with modern cooking requirements. But mimicking the vintage or retro look, possibly with a few truly vintage pieces sprinkled around as decoration, is totally possible—it just takes some careful design choices in everything from the kitchen backsplash to cabinet paint colors. A total overhaul will take much more work, but incorporating some smaller vintage elements into a preexisting kitchen can do a lot to create that retro look and feel. Of course, if you want to go full-kitsch, give it a try—your kitchen, your rules.
By Melanie Griffiths TZ. Want to design a kitchen that's eclectic and love-worn, or retro with a dash of playfulness? There are, however, a few simple guidelines that will help you to evoke the right atmosphere, which we're covering below. And if you want all the practical advice you'll need to get your transformation going, there isn't a question we don't answer on our kitchen ideas hub. The one thing that unites all kitchens in this style is that they reflect a sense of nostalgia — looking back to simpler, wholesome times and happy childhood memories.