We love the vintage style at Abode Advice, which is why we’ve promised our readers a whole vintage home spectacular! The first room we are going to be looking at is actually one of the most fun to turn vintage; the kitchen. The sky is the limit when it comes to your kitchen, especially when there are so many accessories to choose from. So, taking our inspiration from some amazing Pinterest pages, and some even more amazing Etsy shops, here is how to rock the vintage look, in your kitchen.
The ‘white goods’
First and foremost, let’s take a look at the things you HAVE to have in your kitchen. Rocking the vintage look doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all the mod-cons you are used to, as there are so many manufacturers that have created really stylish pieces. The most obvious appliance which should first spring to mind will be the fridge, and that is where Smeg, or Smeg styles, come in. Refrigerators that look vintage can be pretty pricey, especially if you go for top of the range, but there are some pretty excellent copycats. If you opt for a Smeg fridge, then expect to pay well over £1,000. Other manufacturers do some great looking fridges, that look just like the real thing, and will look fantastic in your kitchen. Think pastel colours if you’re going for a pale vintage look, or bright reds and greens if you want a more statement piece.
Next, is the oven/cooker/hobs. Those who are sticking with the pale, pastel vintage look, or a more country style, will probably be looking for something like a range cooker. An Aga can cost a small fortune, but there are range cookers that look and function just as good, for half the price! Regardless of your budget for a vintage kitchen, this is likely to be one of the most expensive pieces. Don’t just focus on style though, make sure you have all the capabilities that you need to cook some delicious homemade meals. If you want to go really vintage then have a look at second hand websites, or at auctions, for an authentic range cooker. There are also the old style gas cookers to consider, if you want something shabby chic.
The design and decoration
The most fun part of creating a vintage kitchen is the design and decoration of it all. What colours will reflect the retro vibe? What did kitchens of your favourite era look like? We could go on for hours on all the different types of design, from different vintage eras, but we don’t have the time! Instead, here are some pictures to give you a good idea of what kitchens looked like, in days gone by…
The finishing touches
We may have lied about the most fun part of creating your retro kitchen, as this is ACTUALLY the most fun part; picking out the accessories and adding the finishing touches. We have spent hours on Etsy and found some of the most amazing accessories to finish off your vintage kitchen. Although we’d like to add them all, we don’t have the space. Plus, we’ve already bought quite a few for our own kitchens… Sorry!
There’s so much by Vintage Eye that we love, but this has to be at the top of the list. A proper hand mixer, perfect for making your homemade cakes and all the rest of it. We love the tan and brown colouring which simply screams RETRO.
Something Charming sell some really lovely vintage home wares, and this cast iron scale is definitely our favourite. The scuffed green paint on this gives it such a lovely, homely feel. And apparently it works too!
We love cushions, and Etsy seller Little Sally Waters makes some of our faves. This 1950’s style cushion has lots of pretty kitchen utensils on it, so will look great on stools or chairs in the kitchen diner. The best thing about Sally Waters’ cushions is that they’re made in the UK! Yay!
There’s so much on Etsy for your kitchen, that you may end up getting it all from there. Remember to check out charity shops, boot sales, junk fairs, auctions and vintage boutiques for kitchens bits too.
Please note, we are not affiliated to any of these Etsy stores. All of our links are free, as we provide impartial advice, not ‘paid for’ recommendations.