Are you buying a new place and want to rip out the kitchen to create the kitchen of your dreams? Or are you staying put, but want to update a tired, well used kitchen/living space?
Whichever, using reclaimed materials and salvage furniture has more than just budget advantages! Of course, minding the pennies will be a huge part of the choices you make when you start thinking about your dream kitchen, so incorporating some vintage elements into your scheme can indeed ease the cost a little but it can also make it so much fun!
Vintage furniture or design schemes can add a warmth and character to a kitchen that is instantly inviting. Even the most modern of tastes can find a few choice items to decorate or store small items.
Here’s 5 ways to bring it in to a kitchen scheme…
Vintage furniture or design schemes can add a warmth and character to a kitchen that is instantly inviting.Jill O’Neill
Mix & match
The beauty of this style is that you don’t have worry about particular furniture styles. Mix and match dressers from turn of the century with more rough salvaged pieces such as an old farmhouse kitchen table and mix and match chairs. Add a vintage Belfast Sink but with new copper pipe style taps. Mixing a few styles together but in-keeping with a vintage-style, then older, salvaged decorative pieces can sit really well together, against a more modern backdrop.
Key ‘show-stopping’ pieces
Make a wonderful key feature that really adds wow-factor! Vintage science desks, old retail haberdashery units or apothecary cabinets make great kitchen storage. When added to more contemporary spaces, these pieces can really shine.
Repurpose your Vintage buys
If you have collected some nice vintage pieces over the years – repurpose them! If they’ve previously stored your books – use it in the kitchen for your cookware. Paint old sets of hooks the same colour as your walls and use it to hang pots or cups.
Upcycle & recycle
If its heritage-style you’re after, then any kitchen of this sort worth its salt must include a good amount of natural wood, or salvage wood that has seen plenty of heritage!
It’s hard to beat great craftsmanship and if it’s done well, it signals a certain built-to-last feel.
Buy a vintage kitchen farmhouse table that has some knocks and scrapes of past families OR make your own using salvaged wood.
OTSE bespoke pieces uses salvage floorboards, interior wood, old scaffolds which when sanded and recreated – make beautiful wood finishes.
Also consider using salvage wood or different wood finishes on your kitchen cabinets doors, but keep the rest fairly clean and simple.
One of the simplest ways to include vintage into your kitchen scheme is lighting. There are some amazing reproductions out there but buying the real thing doesn’t compare. Old factory lights, retail lighting, old street lights or even tall standard camera style lights give a beautiful light ambience as well as adding instant heritage.
IT’s a great idea to also think about the way you use your kitchen and design the lighting around that. So having layers of lighting for different moods/ events. I love a low light for evening time, once all is calm! Things like factory lights over a bartable or kitchen island is good for that. And also wall lights to highlight a nice picture or shelving area.
Hopefully you’ve been enlightened in ways to incorporate a touch of heritage into your home using quality of vintage products. Good luck with all your kitchen renovations!