Ways to Create A Vintage Style Kitchen

Ways to Create A Vintage Style Kitchen
Modern, minimalist, sleek kitchen styles are all the rage for many who do renovations for their kitchen but how about going the opposite route for a change? How about going the old, tried and tested route? Take a step back in time and make your kitchen your pathway towards the good old memories of yesteryears.
We’ve got some easy, on-the-budget tips to recreate a vintage vibe for your kitchen.
Use reclaimed materials for design accents 
Do you have access to materials from old buildings? You can use those intricate pieces of wood and metal that are literally from the old world and incorporate them into your new kitchen. For instance, attaching wooden accents you often see on the exterior of mid century buildings right into your new island counter can instantly add a vintage feel to it. This is upcycling at best!
Go for open shelves to display antiques
Do you have an antique collection of crockery handed down to you? Keep the memories of your predecessors alive by having a part of them on full display in the modern times. Maybe in this case, your grandparents had an extensive collection of tableware they gifted to you on your wedding day. Don’t let those treasures go to waste; have them on display in an open shelf in the kitchen. Vintage kitchens are all about maximizing things and having those details on display will easily mimic kitchens of the oldened times.
Pops of color and personality 
Old school kitchens are special in that they have a free spirited charm. There are no rules when it comes to the details you want to welcome to the overall aesthetic. Adorn shelves with interesting items like limited edition collectibles and paint counters, walls, cabinets and even the floor with quirky colors and patterns.
Perfect hardware for instant vintage cabinets  
Cabinets are so dominant in the kitchen that when you achieve the theme you want for it, you can also succeed in having the right vibe for the rest of your kitchen. Now, if you’re aiming for a vintage style kitchen, there are two things you want to do with the cabinets. First, repaint your cabinets in a nice antique stain color. Second, pick the right hardware. Sleek, matt black hardware doesn’t make sense here. Instead, pick handles with brass, copper, or gold materials or even bejeweled accents!
What made you decide to go for a vintage theme for your new kitchen? 

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How to Add Modern Touches to a Traditional Kitchen

You like to modernize your kitchen but you can’t fully commit to saying goodbye to your traditional kitchen just yet. So how do you make this happen? How can you converge both worlds and make it work and not look too forced in your kitchen design? This is actually very possible (and highly encouraged especially when you’re on a budget!)–when you artistically blend contemporary elements into a traditional setting, you’re embracing a juxtaposition that makes for a relaxed yet eclectic space. 

Let the parts of your traditional kitchen remain and have contemporary accessories and hardware add new life into it without dissolving all the culinary memories and all the in-betweens you’ve made throughout the years. 

 

Tie the look of your old furniture with new elements  

Your old cabinets could serve many purposes for your revamped kitchen. You can tie the look to the contemporary vibe by having some similar elements for both sides. If it has space on top, you can add some decorative crockery and other items that are a mix of traditional and contemporary. 

 

Have a cohesive color scheme 

Not everything in the kitchen has to be matchy-matchy and perfect. In fact, there’s a certain charm to having mismatched colors, as long as they belong to the same color scheme and that you’re consistent in following these colors. What’s great about colors like black, brown or white is that they are timeless. They are as loved today as they were back in the days. You can decide on choosing neutral colors that transcend time so you can successfully match both traditional and contemporary elements together. 

 

Don’t be afraid of displaying your vintage collections

 A carefully curated display of eclectic pieces brings a homely feeling to a modern, minimalist area. So take out the china sets and other vintage treasures that have been handed down to you. You can make it work by organizing them in an open shelf with a white backdrop. As you add in the antiques, collectibles and other sentimental hand-me-downs, you will slowly see a vintage, rustic display right in your newly-made contemporary space. 

 

Accessorize your old furniture with contemporary kitchen hardware

Smooth-to-the-touch frosted black handles for a sophisticated finish for your old cupboards, cabinets, drawers and doors? How about brass mushroom knobs? Or artsy rectangle knobs? Yes please! You can add the perfect contemporary touch to your old cabinet fixtures by simply paying more attention to the hardware. This is such an effective yet cost-efficient trick all designers swear by! 

How would you add a more contemporary vibe to your traditional kitchen? 

 

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap

Considering labor and costs, a kitchen makeover is one of the most ambitious makeovers you can do at home. But that doesn’t mean you need to get intimidated by it. At the end of the day, it’s one of the most overused areas of the house so it does need much attention. There are many ways you can follow to make sure that you do not go over the bank when you

 
Reuse parts of your old kitchen 
 
Anything that’s still working and in fairly good condition can still make its way back to your remodeled kitchen. Why replace when you can reuse? Skipping your purchase of certain appliances or areas of your kitchen can help cut back your costs. By this, we don’t just mean the obvious. This could also imply, say, an old wooden worktop–instead of getting rid of it for good, why not turn it into a new shelf and save on buying new wood?
Refresh your cabinets rather than replacing them 

Cabinets can be so costly, especially when you need them custom-fit. So why replace them when you can simply refresh their look? From repainting, refacing, or changing the hardware, there are various ways you can easily do to change the look of your kitchen cabinets. Because these cabinets take so much part of your kitchen space, giving them a new look can already make a drastic change for the overall appearance of your kitchen.

Consider track lighting 
 
Lighting can drastically change the look of your kitchen–it’s easy to get excited about cool pendants, downlighters, even chandeliers to be incorporated in the interior but these can obviously be pretty costly too. An alternative with the same dramatic lighting effect is track lighting. These are cheaper, easy to install, adjustable, and create the right kind of sophisticated lighting mood that you want. You may want to install it in a spot (say, right above the island counter) that can easily direct multiple spots of your kitchen.
Don’t feel the need that everything has to match 

Who made the rules that the color and pattern of your cabinets need to match with the color of your floors and counters? While a seamless, matchy-match kitchen is satisfying to the eyes, that doesn’t mean that a mix-and-match kitchen isn’t good. When they work visually, like the colors are at the same spectrum, various elements can work together and can give your kitchen its own lively personality. For instance, you’ve done coloring your cabinets a nice shade of peach. Then you’ve run out of the same paint color for your counters. Do you really need to buy more paint? Why not make do with the spare brown pain you already have? Peaches and browns work well. Feel free to add more textures and patterns–the end result is a whimsical kitchen that’s also chic!

What thrifty ways are you excited to try for your kitchen makeover?