Masezza.com – When people think of vintage kitchen designs, one of the first things that usually comes to mind is bright red plastic kitchen cabinets. Or sleek stainless steel tubs that would make an angry cat’s paws come to toe with its silverware. It is a world away from the original wood-burning stoves that warmed up the home in the evenings. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with either of those if you like that look. They still have their place, as long as they don’t cause too much interference with your modern-day conveniences.
Vintage Kitchen Redesign Tricks So It’s Not Boring
But, let’s face it. Those big, bold, shiny cabinets just look… retro. Of course, that does not mean that vintage kitchens aren’t always the easiest (or, most beautiful) to really, y’know… cook in. Before the days of stainless steel and six-seater refrigerators, kitchens were a bit smaller. However, some clever space Saving tricks, redesigns and reconfigures can make even the humdrum, everyday galley kitchen into an elegant, glamorous spot to eat and entertain without losing the vintage personality and quirks that made it so inviting in the first place.
A good place to start is with the countertops. You don’t have to choose marble or porcelain; cheery checkerboard floors are as timeless as they come. Of course, if you don’t like the checkerboard floors, there are still plenty of great options to choose from for your vintage kitchen, as well as an endless array of flooring materials, colors and patterns to choose from. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles and materials… after all, the look is your individuality, not your family’s budget!
If you want to pull off a truly retro look, kitchen cabinets are where it’s at. Yes, you can still find modern cabinet designs from the ‘good’ old days, but you’ll probably want to avoid the knobs and pulls and go for something more vintage. There are two major classes of vintage kitchen cabinets: the handmade and the factory made. The handmade cabinets are the pieces that were made by people (usually family or friends) in their own homes, using whatever material they could find around the house. The factory made cabinets are made by large industrial companies for mass production.
Characteristics of a Dazzling Vintage Kitchen
Speaking of materials, you have to think about your cabinets’ finishes. We are talking about lacquers, paint, burnished brass, nickel hardware and even some types of enameled cabinet faces, which can give your vintage kitchen a truly unique, old-world charm. Also, think about the type of cabinet doors that you would like and remember to choose glass cabinet doors if you want them. Glass can really add an extra touch of class.
If you have some cash to spend, there are actually some really great options for vintage-style kitchens as well. You can look at antique stores (there are even some of these left in big cities! ), flea markets, garage sales, consignment shops, Internet auction sites, and even estate sales. These places can really provide you with a wide array of vintage appliances, or if you have the time and patience, you can find even older pieces for a great price.
Mix and match Vintage Kitchen Designs
When you are planning out your vintage kitchen design, don’t forget about the countertops. Some people love granite countertops. Others hate them! There is no right or wrong thing when it comes to countertops, so feel free to mix and match and go with what works for you! However, try to stay away from dark colors if you don’t want the room looking cramped or too bright.
As you can see, vintage styles can take on many different twists, but they all have one thing in common: they’re a lot of fun! Whether you choose to incorporate some vintage touches into your current kitchen design, or create a totally retro environment, you can’t go wrong. There are so many different options for vintage-style kitchens, you should have no problem finding everything you need to create your perfect dream kitchen. So go ahead and enjoy the world war ii, because you deserve it!