Vintage Kitchen Ideas

See how vintage kitchen elements can create a warm, welcoming room.

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Vintage brick-hearth kitchen
Vintage Kitchen with Brick Hearth

    Vintage style is loud and clear in this updated kitchen, thanks to the materials. A new brick backdrop to the cooking hearth evokes the Colonial period, even though the cast-iron range combines modern gas burners with an electric oven. An ornamental wood mantel hides the vent hood, and antique-reproduction copper faucets, tarnished bronze light fixtures, and honed soapstone counters round out the look.

Vintage-look Kitchen Cabinets

    This kitchen's great vintage looks come from the whitewashed cabinetry. A bank of glass-doored cupboards stands center stage, reminiscent of a classic oversized storage unit. Offering see-through storage of beautiful glassware and dish collections, the cabinets also feature vintage-inspired brass cabinet catches on the glass doors and cupped pulls on the bottom.

Kitchen with Vintage Details

    Small details are what make this kitchen comfortable. The hearth-style stove backsplash disguises the oven hood and textural stucco walls lend a cottage feeling. And traditional plain cupboards and a vintage sink (with classic hot-and-cold-water faucets) warm up this kitchen with functional simplicity. Brick-pattern flooring completes the look.

Eclectic Kitchen with Vintage Style

    Experiment with different textural (and cultural!) vintage elements to express your own kitchen style. This fresh-and-airy kitchen starts at the top with a lattice-covered dropped ceiling painted a coat of dazzling white paint. Silk pendant lighting adds a sense of Old World luxury, and a primitive Chinese altar table serves as a kitchen island, its rustic wood surface contrasting with the sleek stainless-steel appliances. The barstools are upholstered in stamped crocodile leather to add another textural element to this vintage-inspired kitchen.

Vintage-look Kitchen Island

    Topped with gray-green soapstone, this kitchen island is both hardworking and beautiful, offering lots of meal-prep area plus a small sink. The island's ends are dressed up with distressed architectural brackets and finials to add to the classic look.

Vintage-style Cooking and Meal-prep Zones

    Imagine serving up delicious home-cooked meals from this vintage-inspired kitchen. Classic features include leaded-glass cabinet doors and square columnlike supports on the island. The 1920s-era house also features elegant features like travertine floor tiles, countertops, and tumbled tiles in the cooking nook.

Cook's Kitchen with Vintage Style

    With ample work area and tons of storage, this gorgeous kitchen offers vintage style in a variety of elements. Glazed, paned upper cabinets store fine china and dishware collections, decorative alcove tiles dress up the inset stove backsplash, and marble counters top a huge island to create a sophisticated and hard-working space.

Farmhouse Table Kitchen Island

    How do you add vintage style to a kitchen? By adding an island that ties together the new and the old. The island base was built to fit the vintage wood top, which was originally part of a farmhouse table. The beaded board island also features a counter overhang that provides space to tuck underneath simple metal stools for family seating.

Painted Cupboards

    Vintage-style flat panel lower cabinets are painted taupe to hide fingerprints in this kid-friendly kitchen. Stain-resistant granite countertops are honed to look like old marble-another vintage touch. Shiny hardwood floors add warmth to the kitchen and attached eating area.

Old-and-New Kitchen

    This kitchen owes its good looks to a mix of vintage finds and new industrial pieces. The top hutch from an old country store fits perfectly over the new sink and stainless steel cabinets. The island, a 50-year-old bakery fixture, was cleaned, sanded, and put right back into use. To master a mix of old and new, buy vintage pieces first, then purchase new pieces that compliment them.

Crisp White Vintage Kitchen

    Shaker-simple cabinetry makes this vintage style kitchen feel like part of the last century, but the modern restaurant stove and appliances give it high-tech functionality. Flat-faced cupboards feature old-fashioned latches and drawer pulls, and even the accessories-glass jars filled with baking ingredients-warm this modern kitchen with echoes of the past.

Tile Backsplash with Vintage Feel

    How do you create a vintage look with new materials? Try new tile that has an old-fashioned feel. Here, the glossy, uneven texture of ceramic tile creates a backsplash of surprising depth in the otherwise smooth kitchen. A small window above the modern cooktop stove is placed up and out of reach of food-preparation splatters, but it still floods the kitchen with natural light.

Vintage Kitchen Renovation

    This 1860s house feels classic and welcoming, yet features all the modern touches a great chef needs. The white upper cabinets incorporate old-fashioned paned-glass fronts, while the bottom level cabinets sport new vintage-looking hardware. Set into the kitchen's center, the massive dark island provides in-kitchen seating and plenty of food prep area. Flooring uses classic materials-hardwood with a brick inset around the island.

Vintage-Inspired Details

    Vintage-inspired details of this kitchen add instant warmth. The ventilation hood features a frieze created by casting market vegetables in marine-grade resin. Dark walnut trim and carved corbels adorn the whitewashed beadboard and paneled bowfront island. A primitive table with casters offers additional counter space. Old-fashioned in flavor, this kitchen's work core is definitely modern-it's decked out with two sinks, a six-burner cooktop, a pair of wall ovens, and a large refrigerator.

Vintage Elements, Modern Appeal

    A kitchen renovation sometimes requires compromise, but this homeowner got everything she wanted without having to add square footage. The renovation matches the house's vintage feel and incorporates details such as French wire in the upper cabinet doors, a hefty pot rack that hangs from the ceiling, a farmhouse sink, glazed subway tile backsplash, and sea-grass hued limestone countertops.

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