8 Vintage Kitchen design ideas

Checkerboard floors, farmhouse sinks, and scalloped accents. Yep, we’re rounding up the best of vintage kitchens—as modeled on modern renditions.

1.Vintage Appliances

Why buy any old appliance when you can get one with decorative charm, like this ’50s-style Smeg fridge? Bonus: They take up less space!

2.Vintage wallpaper

One easy way to throw it back? Throw up some wallpaper, whether the polka dot backsplash of the ’50s or the bold, busy prints from the ’60s.

3.Vintage Tile

We love the look of vintage-inspired backsplashes, like this green glass tile.

4.Statement Floors & Beadboard Paneling

Encaustic tiles like the ones shown here have been around since medieval times, but they’re making a major comeback in modern kitchens—and we can see why! On the back wall, beadboard brings barely-there texture (and vintage appeal) to this bright-white space.

5. Plate Rack

Odds are your mom or grandma had one of these hanging in her kitchen. Now, they can be found built in to the sides of islands.

6.Vintage Hutch

Instead of built-in cabinets, vintage kitchens were filled with freestanding furniture, like this lovely little hutch.

7.Fireplace and Swivel stools

Early American kitchens had fireplaces for cooking. Electric ovens have now taken their place, but we’d kill for this quaint, historic detail in our modern homes. In the forefront, sweet little stools are reminiscent of an old fashioned soda shoppe.

8. Breakfast Nook

What could be cozier than a little dining area carved into the corner window space?

 

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