Thursday, August 6, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Add a Vintage Flair to Your Modern Kitchen

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Mixing modern and vintage doesn't have to be challenging. Antique and vintage items are a great way to express your style or take a design risk. Antiques are also charming, and made of amazing materials with patinas that contemporary objects just can't compete with. Try these 5 easy ways to add a vintage flair to your modern kitchen and get a truly functional and fun space!

1). Antique Appliances

Using salvaged architectural objects and antiques can achieve a great balance of modern design and vintage flair. Showcasing an antique gas stove not only gives your kitchen a focal point, but also its also a great conversation starter at dinner parties. Imagine serving the main course from your vintage oven like June Cleaver!

Vintage meets modern with vinyl floors, a contemporary sink,
and a mix of antique and modern appliances. Image by Scotty James.
2). Flooring and Wall Coverings

Mixing up flooring and wall materials is also a great way to add a vintage touch. Alternating colors using contemporary vinyl tiles creates a durable, and fun splash of color. Plus, vinyl tiles are easy to install and can easily be laid in one afternoon. Reclaimed lumber is also a great wall covering option giving a rustic, comfortable feel to otherwise stark kitchen.

Modern cabinetry outfitted with reproduction vintage hardware
adds curves and appeal to these simple cabinets. Image by Scotty James.
3). Hardware

Take your simple modern cabinetry to the next level with the thoughtful touch of reproduction "vintage" hardware. With an array of reproduction drawer pulls, hinges, and closures, manufactured by companies like Restoration Hardware, it's an easy and affordable upgrade.

Accessorizing with antique and vintage items is both eclectic
and functional. Image by Scotty James.
4). Antique Accessories

The easiest way to add a vintage flair to your modern kitchen is with antique accessories. Industrial farm implements and folk paintings are an inexpensive and charming addition to a modern kitchen that can be picked up at a local vintage or thrift store for a bargain.

Antique lighting adds craftsmanship and interest in places
that are often forgotten. Image by Hannah Manning via Materials Unlimited

Consider antique lighting in your modern kitchen for a taste of something different. Modern kitchen lighting is often a throw away with track and can lighting dominating the space. Make a statement with a one of a kind antique light fixture and add interest, sparkle, and craftsmanship to often forgotten part of your home.

With smart and selective choices using antiques, architectural objects, reproduction hardware and bargain buys, you can blend vintage and modern in a fun, eclectic, and easy way.

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