There is just something special about a vintage kitchen. Even one retro element can add a load of charm and character. Now, there’s a big difference between “outdated” and “vintage” ─ vintage elements brings back the things we loved about past eras, while outdated elements are things we would like to forget. Some really great design can happen when you take timeless looks from the past and mix them with contemporary elements of the present. You might be surprised just how versatile these elements can be. Of the 10 inspiring vintage kitchens I’ve chosen, you will see a variety of styles from contemporary to shabby chic, and all include at least one fabulous retro element.
1 This kitchen mixes contemporary and retro elements into one beautiful design. The subway tiles are a great way to mix the old and new as they are a timeless style and that vintage pharmacy sign is a fantastic find.
2 The custom La Cornue stove is the highlight of this vintage kitchen. No detail is overlooked, even the hanging pots bring in the same metallic and bronze textures.
Designer: Susan Dossetter
Co-Designer: Andrew Skurman
Photographer: James Carriere
3 What’s more retro than a pink fridge? The combination of the blue vintage stove and pink fridge bring a lot of character to this shabby chic kitchen.
Photographer: Steven Randazzo
4 This kitchen shows that you don’t need vintage appliances to capture a retro feel. The red and white color scheme, subway tile, fabric and that retro chair take you back to the ’50s.
Photographer: Maria Stahl
5 A sweet kitchen that’s pretty in pink and full of wonderful little surprises, like the scalloped edges and pink Smeg fridge.
Photographer: Victoria Pearson
6 Retro elements, like the fridge and stove, are a perfect look for a beach home especially in a fun color like turquoise.
Photographer: Richard Leo Johnson
7 What a stove! No one could argue that this bit of glam is certainly the center of attention in this rustic kitchen.
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Photographer: Björn Wallander
8 A Wedgewood stove, especially in mint green, is a perfect hallmark for a kitchen looking for a little retro flair. Is that a rubber snake I see hiding beneath it?
9 One thing this kitchen doesn’t lack is color! But the way the designer has put all these lovely pastel tones together really works and gives this cute space a lot of character.
10For an eat-in kitchen, a retro table like the one seen in this cheerful kitchen is a perfect way to add some vintage fun to the space. Colorful ovens, even if in a modern style, instantly add some vintage flavor too.
Vintage elements bring a lot of character and happiness to a kitchen since they remind of us of a simpler time and for many, our childhood. Which one of these kitchens is your favorite?