Your kitchen is just one of those spaces that requires a punch of personality. Whether it’s because you’re an avid cooker who loves spending time there or because it’s more of a family gathering space, your kitchen should reflect your tastes and style just as readily as the rest of your home. Turns out, 2016 is THE YEAR for kitchen remodels! What’s more, vintage kitchens are making a comeback–and you won’t want to miss out on adding these beautiful touches that will never go out of style.
In this blog we touched on the 1920’s kitchen and how the Hoosier cabinet made a big splash. Turns out that 1920s staple is making a comeback–and it’s easily worked into your existing kitchen design. That’s because you don’t need to track down a Hoosier cabinet in order to get that 1920’s elegance. Instead, if you already have glass fronted cabinets or open shelving in your kitchen, use it to your advantage. Arrange your glass bowls, mason jars, and even your cooking staples like sugar and flour where they’ll be seen. No glass or open shelving? No problem. Check your local hardware store for inexpensive floating shelves that you can install along your kitchen walls, instead.
Still not satisfied with your vintage kitchen look? Hardware accessories are the perfect way to capture that old world style. Crystal, ceramic, and even glass knobs began to make their appearance in the 40s. Change out your brushed nickel or polished brass for a bolder look. Our friends at Hafele offer a wide range of drawer hardware that would be perfect for this need and they have an awesome online kitchen catalog thats fun to browse!
Also in the 40s, sleek and modern stainless steel became a kitchen staple. While you may feel that your stainless steel appliances are so 2000, don’t be fooled. Embrace the stainless steel look of your appliances. If you don’t currently have stainless steel appliances and you’re looking to make an investment in your kitchen remodel, this might be an excellent avenue. If you prefer to embrace stainless steel on a smaller scale, you can always look into stainless steel drawer hardware.
Another big vintage staple that’s making a comeback in kitchens is eye-popping color. This style was especially true in the 50’s when bright colors and floral wallpaper really made their mark. Use bold colors to your advantage and gift your kitchen a flattering facelift. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider painting your cabinets a cherry red or an avocado green. If you want to make your vintage mark in a less obvious way, cater to the smaller details. Hang brightly colored dish rags, choose a loud tablecloth or even switch out your dishes.
Don’t forget that while you may embrace the look of a vintage kitchen, there’s nothing wrong with implementing a few more modern touches. For instance, if your kitchen is a space where you spend time often, consider hiding a small television inside some unused cabinets. It will provide easy access to your favorite cooking shows as well as entertainment while you spend time over the stove. You can also install a Docking Drawer Charging outlet into a drawer in your kitchen, ensuring your favorite tech devices stay close and charged while you cook.
Vintage style kitchens are making one heck of a comeback. Fortunately, many of the ideas we’ve listed above are a relatively inexpensive way to keep with the trends.
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