I LOVE retro kitchens. There is just something really, really special about them.
But make no mistake…there’s a huge difference between “outdated” and “vintage”. Vintage is an element that calls to mind a positive memory, something that we loved and admired about the past.
Outdated…not so much.
If you feel the same and you’re looking for interesting designs for your kitchen, try mixing some timeless looks from the past and throwing in some modern, contemporary style from the present. Combining the two makes for some cool and fun kitchens!
I’ve combed the internet to find some inspiring vintage kitchens I think you’re going to love, so without further adieu…
Here’s a great example of mixing old and new styles to create one beautiful, functional design space. New cabinets? Check. New stove? Check. Vintage sign? Check. And notice the clock and light fixtures. Vintage inspired loveliness :).
Mixing colors can be tricky, but when done well, such as in this kitchen, the results are quite interesting!
The custom La Cornue stove is the focal point of this vintage kitchen. This kitchen just proves how every detail matters. Check out the hanging pots, which bring in the same metallic and bronze colors and textures.
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. Have you seen the ‘new’ vintage appliances? Love them!
Speaking of vintage appliances, this kitchen shows that you don’t need them to capture a retro feel. The red and white color scheme, subway tile, fabric and that retro chair are all you need for a nostalgic trip back to the 1950’s.
Sometimes all you need are subtle details to give a kitchen retro appeal. This scalloped valance does the job nicely, and with a little help from some retro pastels, the effect is AHHHHH-DOR-A-BLE.
Here’s another scalloped edge, but this time it spans the width of the kitchen from the ceiling. Speaking of ‘new’ vintage fridges, here’s a pink Smeg fridge that fits the bill.
While you don’t need vintage looking appliances to achieve a retro look, the opposite is true as well. Modern cabinetry benefits from vintage appliances to give this beach home a comfy, vintage feel.
What a stove! This reminds me a little bit of the one we came across in this post. No one could argue that a stove like this would be the center of attention in any kitchen, and definitely give it a vintage feel.
A Wedgewood stove in mint green is the perfect appliance for a kitchen looking to add a little vintage to its personality. (Overlook the snake under the stove. I’m sure it’s fake ;).)
This kitchen is big on color, but it’s done so well!
I’ve always loved eat-in kitchens, but sadly, they’re lacking in new designs. Brightly colorful ovens, even if in a modern style, instantly add some vintage flair as well.
Do you like vintage kitchens?
In other news…
I am writing this while at the clubhouse at the resort. Currently, there is no water throughout the resort as there seems to be an underground leak in one of the pipes. They had to shut off all the water while the leak can be detected. It also happened on Wednesday, which happened to be my birthday (it’s official. Social Security here I come). I was about to shower, so I grabbed a ‘wet one’ and made the best of it ;).
We then went to breakfast at Mel’s Diner, then some shopping and a trip to the zoo. Fortunately when we returned to the resort the water was restored so I got decked out and we went on a sunset cruise to Marco Island and our friends joined us which was a complete but happy surprise. The boat captain gave me an adorable teddy bear that sang happy birthday, complete with moving head and mouth. So cute!
He now has a spot of honor on our bed 🙂
The weather hasn’t been great. I think there have been maybe just a couple of ‘beach’ days, so we’ve been biking, shopping and checking out other resorts for maybe next year. (We like where we are, but not necessarily enough to return.)
Fisherman thinks I have baboon feet. What do YOU think :).
I’ll be back with some more organizing posts and some ideas for Valentine’s Day later this month.