We all know the kitchen is the heart of a home — that’s why they’re usually so warm and comforting. A kitchen in a vintage home is no different, especially when you consider all of the history and charm those vintage touches bring. These days however, workable vintage kitchens require the perfect balance of old-school charm and modern functionality. That’s why we love all of these inspiring finishing touches.
An Antique Range
Everything about this kitchen is modernized… except for this striking vintage range that isn’t just functional, but it also serves as a work of art. In this particular case it’s a cool adornment to a kitchen island whereas many designers would opt for extra lighting instead.
Colourful Vintage Kitchen
In Vintage Flip, Jessie and Tina restored this outdated kitchen but kept a vintage-feel with a patterned backsplash and clean lines. The baby blue cupboards add colour to the space and give the kitchen a fresh, open feel.
Floating shelves are an ideal way to add more wall storage, while adding an aesthetically pleasing look. Want to amp up the overall look and feel of a floating shelf? Use pretty, vintage brackets to add that touch of detail to any space.
The two blue built-in corner shelves and the square patterned blue and white tile floor give this eat-in kitchen a vintage vibe while still looking modern and clean.
A Splash of Colour
The island, table and chairs would certainly give a kitchen like this charm all on their own. But add in this beautiful green checkered pattern on the floor and this striking green antique stove, and this kitchen is something out of a magazine.
Modern Vintage Kitchen
The white walls and cabinets give this big, open kitchen a modern feel but the cut-out details on a few of the cabinet doors give this kitchen a vintage-vibe, creating a sleek, artsy feel.
An Antique Clock
A vintage clock is a great way to add old-school charm to a kitchen (or any room for that matter), but we particularly love the look of this subway-inspired installation over the island. You’d never have to guess when dinnertime is again.
A Wood-Burning Stove
If you want to add a little bit of extra heat and a rustic feel to an otherwise modern kitchen, a wood-burning stove like the one pictured here ought to do it. It works particularly well in the open-concept layout and plays off the rust-coloured floors and bright, butter cabinets.
An Old-School Faucet
Faucets are one of the easiest ways to give your kitchen an updated (or an updated vintage) look. This hook model is certainly pretty and works in a modern space, but we also love the spray nozzle attachment that compliments it off to one side.
This Kitchen Hutch
What better way to display all of your grandmother’s china than on an antique cabinet? With the right adornments an addition like this is the perfect mix of personality and charm, while also adding some storage to your space.
The exposed ceiling above certainly shows the real bones of this home, but we can’t help but draw our eyes to the groves of the cabinetry, below. They’re perfectly complimented by backsplash of the open concept shelving units above, and work well with the wood countertops.
An Antique Island
Kitchen islands are a must-have in any modern kitchen, but that doesn’t mean they can’t add a touch of retro charm. This unit has been repurposed with a new countertop, making it a pretty finishing touch when paired with the soft greys and basin sink in the room.
This kitchen island has also been repurposed in a beautiful way. The rust hue adds depth to the light, modern finishes, and pairs wonderfully with the detailed carvings on the pillars and opposing cabinets.
Showing the Bare Bones
What’s better than exposing the original hardwood in a home? When you add that hardwood for a finishing effect to the ceiling, of course. We love the look in this elongated, open-concept kitchen and living room combo. Add in brilliant pops of red and gleaming white cabinets for a polished and purposeful effect.
It doesn’t have to be real brick to add a rustic, vintage feel — a treated backsplash can have the same effect, often on a smaller budget. The look works well here when coupled with the wood range, which has been stained a pretty, worn white.
A bright and modern kitchen is kept from feeling too futuristic thanks to the addition of these blocked support beams. It’s a rich, polished effect that adds extra depth and personality to the room, especially next to the clean white finishes.
This gorgeous chef’s kitchen is infinitely more interesting thanks to the patterned tiled floor in a beautiful teal-blue finish. A statement piece to be sure, the floor is simply paired with white cabinets and pops of that same colour above to pull it all together.
Of course sometimes you can get all of the function by fully committing to the look as well. This working antique oven and range set is simply gorgeous, especially with the honeycomb patterned backsplash above.
A Touch Of Wood
Cream colours pair with the rich trim and baseboards in this space, making for a soft but deep finish that leaves you with an idea of what the original bones of this space felt like.
One way to give a gallery kitchen texture and depth is to colour block an interesting backsplash pattern throughout. Paired with the honeycomb tiles the looks combine for an updated, vintage feel that truly makes the most of this small space.