20 Vintage Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Chastity Fabry

Checkerboard floors, farmhouse sinks, and scalloped accents. Yep, we’re rounding up the best of vintage kitchens—as modeled on modern renditions.

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Vintage Appliances

Why buy any old appliance when you can get one with decorative charm, like this ’50s-style Smeg fridge? Bonus: They take up less space!

2

Farmhouse or Apron-Front Sink

With or without the curtain underneath.

3

Checkerboard Floor

These floors are fit for a ’50s diner.

4

Vintage Wallpaper

One easy way to throw it back? Throw up some wallpaper, whether the polka dot backsplash of the ’50s or the bold, busy prints from the ’60s.

Via niinanunelmia.blogspot.fi

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Vintage Tile

We love the look of vintage-inspired backsplashes, like this green glass tile.

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Statement Floors & Beadboard Paneling

Encaustic tiles like the ones shown here have been around since medieval times, but they’re making a major comeback in modern kitchens—and we can see why! On the back wall, beadboard brings barely-there texture (and vintage appeal) to this bright-white space.

8

Pastel Paint Colors

Like this pretty, retro palette.

9

Plate Rack

Odds are your mom or grandma had one of these hanging in her kitchen. Now, they can be found built in to the sides of islands.

10

Corbels

This one was salvaged from the Victorian era for extra elegance.

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Vintage Dish Collections

Back in the day, glassware like wedding china or this gorgeous jadeite collection (popular during World War II) was proudly displayed.

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Stained Glass Windows

It seems no detail was spared in old kitchens like this one. 

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Breadbox

Even if it now holds silverware instead of baked goods, this old breadbox completes the rustic farmhouse look.

14

Icebox

Sure, it’s bulky, but so cool—and you could use it for extra storage!

15

Vintage Hutch

Instead of built-in cabinets, vintage kitchens were filled with freestanding furniture, like this lovely little hutch.

16

Breakfast Nook

What could be cozier than a little dining area carved into the corner window space?

17

Pull-Out Cutting Board

18

Fireplace & Swivel Stools

Early American kitchens had fireplaces for cooking. Electric ovens have now taken their place, but we’d kill for this quaint, historic detail in our modern homes. In the forefront, sweet little stools are reminiscent of an old fashioned soda shoppe.

19

Butcher Block

Kitchen islands didn’t used to be quite as substantial as they are these days. Here, a humble butcher block does the trick.

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Butler’s Pantry

Extra storage and space for prepping dishes with entertaining? Count us in!

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