“Let’s Do the Time Warp” – The Artful Blending of Kitchen Styles

Interior design and kitchen styles have come a long way from what they used to be – from the Renaissance style of the 15th and 16th centuries to the Victorian style of the 1800’s, and then to more modern styles such as Traditional, Transitional and Contemporary. But, new isn’t always necessarily better. Sometimes, styles from bygone eras can complement modern day personalities, providing the perfect opportunity to bring back the past. These nostalgic styles can be ‘mixed and matched’ so that the next time that you step into your kitchen, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a Time Warp.

When designing your kitchen to achieve a Time Warp, follow the 80/20 rule. The first thing to consider is that one style period should be more prominent than the other. Second, try to group similar items, which will help everything in the space look cohesive, even when your pieces are really different. And lastly, understand balance. The two different style periods shouldn’t be separated, but should instead be integrated in a seamless way. To demonstrate how this concept works, we’ll use an example showing two popular style periods – Rustic and Art Noveau.

Style #1 – Rustic. The Rustic Style came to life during the 1800’s and is exemplified by the idea that pieces should be purposeful, functional and effective. Primary components include handcrafted elements and open rooms. This style can still be found in many kitchens today. Appliances such as antique fridges, ranges and wood-burning cookstoves combine desired functionality with a traditional, yet stylish and polished appearance. Pieces that could be mixed into your kitchen to represent this style include copper cookware, kerosene lamps, a stone wall, exposed ceiling beams, barnlike doors and wood finishes.

Style #2 – Art Nouveau. A style that lends itself to being paired with Rustic is Art Nouveau, which originated in the 1890’s. The main tenet of this style is that everyday objects should be beautiful. Inspiration comes from natural outdoor elements, such as flowers and greenery. To incorporate aspects of Art Nouveau into your kitchen, consider adding items such as antique trays with floral designs and floral paintings, along with live plants and flowers. Furniture and cabinetry with lots of details also complements this style.

To use both The Rustic and Art Nouveau styles together – and create the quintessential Time Warp – apply the 80/20 rule and, in this case, choose Rustic as the central theme of the kitchen. Grouping like items, you could incorporate rustic elements such as wooden cabinetry, a wooden island and a ceiling featuring wooden beams. To balance the styles throughout the room, you could bring in pieces from the Art Nouveau style, such as cabinetry with floral details. You could also add a colored floral painting with a wooden frame to harmonize with other rustic elements.

Also, consider using copper cookware and placing various pieces throughout the space. Finally, since the Rustic theme is central to the kitchen, you might add a rustic kitchen appliances, such as an Elmira Stove Works wood-burning stove or antique refrigerator to complete the look.

Ready to create a Time Warp in your kitchen? Learn more about Elmira’s retro and antique appliances for inspiration!

 

 

 

Creating the Perfect Rustic Kitchen

If your style is a little bit chic and a little bit country, it can be hard to find the right balance when it comes to your home. There is a certain sense of comfort that comes from a rustic kitchen, but – on the other hand – there’s a subtle elegance evoked by a modern kitchen. We can help you find the perfect farmhouse-industrial balance.

Farmhouse style is all in the details, so Elmira’s Antique Collection is a great place to begin. The appliances offer a unique antique kitchen aesthetic with a warmth and charm that could make anyone feel at home. A relatively neutral color palette is essential to any modern design, but the quaint genuine Nickel or antique Copper trims are what make these antique appliances so versatile. It’s important to retain a natural look, and each kitchen appliance is hand-buffed to bring your design full circle.

There’s no denying that rustic style home decor can turn a rugged look into something beautiful. That’s why we recommend retrofitting your kitchen with reclaimed wood accents. Reclaimed wood is not only functional, but eco-friendly as well. Reclaimed wood can be incorporated in the form of butcher-block countertops, cabinets, or even the kitchen table. We recommend using pine for the most authentic rustic design. However, pine can be soft, making it susceptible to dents. So – if you have an active family – hickory, alder and cherry are great alternative options.

Following are three simple tips to help your modern kitchen achieve the ultimate rustic chic look.

Go Natural: Rustic chic focuses on natural materials such as wood, stone, brick and metal. Juxtapose an Elmira stove with copper trim with an exposed brick backsplash or repurposed wooden barstools. Combining steelwork pieces with raw textures is perfect for toning down industrial pieces and giving your kitchen a down-home, farm-like feel.

Get Thrifty: On a budget? We recommend visiting local antique stores or thrift shops. They are loaded with farmhouse treasures, often available for a dirt cheap price. For instance, give old glass bottles a new life by using them as pendant lights, or paint some wooden crates to use for storage.

Country Color: You can never go wrong with neutrals, but if you want to stray a bit from the ordinary, try muted shades. For example, consider painting dining room chairs a rusty shade of red or mustard yellow. If you want to take things a bit farther…an Italian-inspired patterned backsplash combined with open shelving or an antique stove can keep your space cozy.

Now that we’ve equipped you with all the rustic chic essentials you need, you are ready retrofit your kitchen into perfect country-modern harmony.

How to Add Antique Style Without Really Trying

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.

Take Laps
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.