A sleek new kitchen with double ovens and double islands may not be a reality for many of us, but anyone from renter to rehabber can achieve a cheery vintage kitchen! Get inspired and check out the 5 simple tips for getting the look.• Collection inspiration. Old soda bottles, dishes, glassware or fans: try displaying a collection in your kitchen for a touch of history.
• Put a skirt on it. Use fabric to replace cabinet doors or hide the plumbing under the sink. It softens the room and visually breaks up the space.
• Play with color. Whether bold or muted, mixed or monochromatic, a vintage kitchen has a happy, playful color story. Bake shop pastels or brights like turquoise and red are classic combos.
• Don't despair, distress. Let the age of old pieces shine, or make a new item a bit rough around the edges. A mix of woods and hardware just adds to the charm.
• In with the old appliances. Real or reproduction, vintage appliances are the showpieces of a retro kitchen. Not in the market for a Smeg fridge? Get the feel with antique egg beaters, washboards, or other vintage tools.
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