In with the Old: Vintage Kitchen Inspiration

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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