The kitchen is likely an extremely popular room in your home. If you have a bustling family around you thenyou know the kitchen is like a traffic intersection with people coming and going constantly. If you live alone then you’ve probably had many an evening where you and your companions spend hours in the kitchen together. The reason why modern kitchens are built with a bar counter or an island in the middle is so you might entertain while preparing your meal for your guests.
Because of its popularity, your kitchen is worthy of the occasional upgrade. Just as you would remodel your bedroom or switch up the decor for a different look and feel, the same could be done in the kitchen.
There are some popular styles around that rule the modern kitchen space. This year has seen an increase in demand for clutter-free spaces, many people are opting for dark wood finishes to create a moody atmosphere and some have gone for the full smart kitchen suite where everything speaks to everything else. A popular, evergreen kitchen style is vintage. This was originally made popular by Smeg who offers a range of premium kitchen appliances. Smeg can adorn your kitchen with gorgeous, colourful toasters and kettles or even fridges and gas stoves. While they have other ranges, their 50s retro range is everything you’d want in a shiny, new colourful kitchen.
Vintage, though, is a fairly broad theme and you can truly make it your own. But there are some key pointers to consider when redoing your kitchen in a vintage style.
Take the doors off your cupboards or put glass panes in
You can achieve this look quite easily by not touching your cupboards at all and using available wall space. Mounting a few floating shelves and artfully displaying some vintage pieces from your mom and grandma would do nicely. If you don’t have a collection like this then hit some garage sales or thrift stores and get yourself antiquing.
Be sure to splash some colour around
Even if the rest of your home is quite minimalistic or you’ve gone with a chic, sleek and modern look, your vintage kitchen can handle some colour. You could choose a palette that includes a variety of hues of the colour scheme you enjoy. Alternatively, you might enjoy using a collection of strong primary colours which replicate the 50s retro look and feel. If you want something lighter but still colourful you could consider pastel pinks, yellows and blues. These are reminiscent of an old-school bakery or diner.
You can include your colour scheme by simply adding a few tins, towels and colour co-ordinated cookbooks or you can choose a colourful and patterned tile to use for your backsplash. The floating shelves mentioned in the point above can be painted in your chosen colour scheme too.
Your cupboard handles and knobs
Small changes can end up creating the bigger picture you’re after. The handles and knobs on all your cupboards and drawers are easily removed with just a screwdriver. So, head out to an antique store or secondhand furniture shop and find vintage handles for your kitchen makeover. Tarnished silver or brass, gold cups and glass diamond shaped knobs or handles are all reminiscent of previous eras. This one slight change will add an air of nostalgia to your kitchen immediately and it won’t cost you a lot nor will it be a difficult installation to manage.
Don’t shy away from a bit of wear and tear
Vintage style is old. If you include items in your vintage kitchen that look too new or polished you won’t get the desired effect. In fact, aged items will look really pretty in and around your shiny appliances. So don’t be afraid to sand your wooden table giving it a rough look, proudly display your hand-me-down utensils and items with nostalgic character. If you need to buy items to display then consider tins and iconic glassware which are easily found in decor shops. You’re not chasing perfection here, you’re looking for history which is the true charm of vintage style.
Of all the remodelling styles you might choose, a vintage theme is possibly the easiest to create. It’s extremely cost-effective and most of the changes and installations that are needed won’t require you employing a contractor.