We haven’t always lived in this stainless steel world with clean lines, tidy angles, and sleek kitchen accessories. There was a time when appliances were built to last, yet ornate in their details. That perfect antique style may seem intimidating and stylistically challenging, but believe us, you don’t have to be a world famous designer to achieve this look. Here are a couple of ways to turn back the clock.
Elmira’s Antique Collection is essential for achieving an Anne of Green Gables aesthetic without sacrificing the advantages of modern technology. It offers a full line of vintage-styled appliances that range from microwaves to wood-burning stoves. The flare of a Victorian style range combined with the look of your sleek modern kitchen can easily be the staple piece you need to obtain that perfect modern / Victorian mix.
“Antique” styling can refer to anything that is at least 100 years old. To complement your kitchen design, add accents of cool vintage finds. Antiques can sometimes have wear and tear, so be sure what you are purchasing is in good condition. Along that note, vintage items can be delicate. Check the items that are more frequently used to see if they’re sturdy enough to withstand daily use.
If you’re a thrift shopping novice, the flea market, art festival, or antique store scene can be a little intimidating. In order to at least look like you know what you’re doing we recommend these tips to make your shopping trip as smooth as possible.
Be the Early Bird
The good stuff goes fast. The average pieces will be there all day long, but the truly amazing pieces are being picked over by designers, store-owners, and collectors before the sun is up.
Keep an Open Mind
Don’t go in with one specific item on your mind because chances are you’ll never find it. Just because you don’t like the color of it now doesn’t mean a little DIY can’t help later.
If you’re looking for furniture, cruise around the market quickly on the first lap because it often goes first. On your second lap, take your time and look carefully high and low for the little accessories that will add some authentic details.
Finally, there is a fine line between Victorian Chic and your grandmother’s cookie jar, so it’s not only important to know what to look for but how to incorporate it. Modern Victorian is a style mixture that requires a careful balance. For example, find a set of ultra-chic chairs to pair with your grandmother’s old wooden dining table or reupholster an old Victorian-style armchair.
Having a Victorian-inspired kitchen can be challenging but Elmira’s Antique collection is a great place to begin. Remember it’s important to start with the larger centerpieces, then add the smaller details as you go. Consequently, knowing how to use those perfect antique pieces is just as important as finding them. Be patient, get creative, and stay positive because your dream kitchen is worth the wait.