Vintage style kitchens are classic, traditional but still use clean lines for the contemporary crowd. If you're looking for a kitchen remodel that will last, consider a vintage style kitchen. This is the perfect kitchen if you are going to sell your house in a few years or you just really want a space that isn't themed but still looks pulled together. It's both classic and classy. You can probably work with the existing materials in your space to create a vintage feeling.
Outdoor vintage furniture can help a vintage kitchen be more relaxed. Paint iron chairs a crisp turquoise or pink and line them around a basic white wood table. You can find vintage inspired lighting with a 40s bulb style or a lantern look.
A vintage wall should be bright and cheerful. Green is a common color for vintage kitchens and it will really pop with blue ceramic bowls and bright white kitchen cabinets.
Vintage metal kitchen cabinets were a trademark of the day, but they were almost always painted. This means that you can makeover your existing cabinets to have a vintage feel with just a little bit of paint. For a more contemporary kitchen try stripping down the metal cabinets to show off the beauty of stainless steel that will work well with your appliances. Be aware that the finished cabinet will be a dull steel instead of a more shiny, sparkling metal. For wood cabinets, keep the lines simple but not plain. Install crown molding around the top of the cabinets for an added architectural element. You can add more interest to your kitchen by cutting out the middles of the upper cabinets and replacing them with glass. This gives you an opportunity to showcase your vintage crockery.
With a vintage kitchen style you'll still need more practical appliances. If you have white cabinets go with white appliances that will blend in with your room and save you money. The other option is to go with vintage appliances like an old stove that has been refinished or repaired. The curved lines, intricate lines and small oven doors are a trademark of this style; just be sure that it will also work for your cooking purposes.
A vintage kitchen is neutral and special at the same time. It can blend in perfectly with a vintage style living room or stand all on its own. You can go with a basic black and white color scheme to add brightness to your space. White cabinets are almost always in style and you can save money on black and white checked flooring. The flooring will also tie your cabinets into any black appliances. Bead board is a trademark in vintage kitchens so use it on the back of kitchen cabinets that have glass doors to create a display area. You can even save money by using bead board as your backsplash; just make sure you use faux bead board or are careful around it so water doesn't warp the wood.
Marble countertops work well for baking although they do need a lot of upkeep. Marble works with all design styles and adds an air of elegance and luxury to a vintage kitchen. Another option for vintage counters is butcher-block. These countertops are cheap but require a lot of care and upkeep. You can also play around with wood floors. Since checkerboard is a signature of this design style bring the pattern onto your wood floor. You can even white wash the floor with blue and white squares if it needs total refinishing. If you want a more natural look leave half of the squares in a wood tone and then stain or paint the rest of the diamonds black or a darker stain than the other squares. This will keep your kitchen from feeling plain.
Be daring with color if you're worried about your remodel being bland, like try out a pink vintage kitchen. Try pairing sleek stainless steel appliances with pale pink cabinets. Keep all the rest of your flooring and accessory choices vintage to drive home the feeling. Cabinets with color on them were a highlight of the retro era but have also made a comeback in modern design. If you're lucky enough to find a vintage refrigerator that still works or can be repaired then make it the focal point of the room. For more of a contemporary look bring in a bright turquoise color. Look for glass mosaic tiles that will give you a contemporary backsplash but will also work with vintage blue jars and glasses.
Vintage kitchen furniture needs to be practical but while still keeping with that vintage theme. In this era it would have been more likely for the family to take dinner in the dining room instead of eating in the kitchen. This means that the kitchen island would've solely been for cooking if there was even one at all. However, the kitchen design needs to work for your lifestyle. So decorate the kitchen island the way you would any another vintage room in the house. You might be able to find rolling vintage office chairs and place it next to an oversized desk that the entire family can fit around.
Bring in an old armoire to show off items like old flour canisters or mixing bowls. The doors will also allow you to turn the space into extra storage and serve as a makeshift pantry. For more of a vintage farmhouse look add paneling to the walls. Paint it white and then rub a glaze over it to make it look aged. Find painted tin, or copper ceiling tiles to add texture to a basic white room. You can also use anaglyptic wallpaper which is a textured paper that you can then paint or glaze. This gives a raised texture to the room and almost looks like faux tin. Plus, it's much sleeker then that country apple wallpaper border. You can even wash the cabinets with layers of blue or gray so they add color to the room while still giving an aged appearance.
A vintage kitchen might remind you of baking cookies with your grandma. The feeling of a vintage kitchen is still in style because of the way it feels both clean and cozy at the same time. Give an ordinary kitchen a vintage inspiration to really form a heart to your home. Who knows? A vintage kitchen may even inspire you to cook.