Vintage and re-purposed items have become increasingly popular in today’s homes. Mementos and keepsakes remind us of simpler, less hectic times. Plus, finding a new use for old items extends their life and contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle. From a style perspective, incorporating vintage items into a home’s interior can spice up living areas and create an eye-catching – and uniquely inviting – space.
Here are some easy ways to bring the charm of days gone by into your kitchen…
Utilitarian Beauty. Decorating with brand new items can quickly add up if you’re not careful. Instead, why not utilize vintage finds that can do double duty as decor items and functional kitchen pieces? Cutting boards are a great example. Antique cutting boards can be found in a variety of styles, including wood, copper and stone. Other great multi-purpose items include tea kettles, serving trays, pots and jars. These vintage finds can bring extra pizazz into your kitchen while also earning their keep.
Cozy Collectibles. From china and ceramic cups and dishes to glassware and canisters, collectibles can infuse a dose of character and charm into your kitchen. Whether you opt for a full collection, just a few items, or an eclectic mix, you will have an instant conversation starter. Be as creative as you want – the options are limited only by your imagination.
Cheerful Hand Towels. Doing dishes may be a chore, but the task becomes a lot more fun when you can dry your dishes in style! Vintage hand towels offer a simple way to incorporate different colors, patterns and themes into your kitchen in small doses – without overwhelming the space. And, they can easily be switched out according to the season or occasion.
Alluring Artwork. Decorating with vintage art is an easy way to bring some added flair to a kitchen. Try arranging several old paintings – or antique road signs or store signs – on an accent wall to create a striking backdrop. Round out the look with touches such as vintage lighting fixtures and hand-crafted woodwork to give your kitchen the perfect balance of old and new.
Versatile Appliances: Retro- and antique-inspired kitchen appliances can provide an excellent focal point around which to design your kitchen. Appliances in neutral tones provide a great foundation for the many different textures, patterns and colors that vintage finds offer. Or opt for brighter colored appliances to infuse some vibrance and cheer into your kitchen.
Whether your kitchen design is classic, farmhouse, transitional or more contemporary, don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to vintage items. Regardless of the era they come from, vintage pieces create a familiar, welcoming feel and endless style. Check out 1890s- and 1950s-inspired appliances that can take your kitchen to the next level!