04 May 2016

5 Ways to Use Vintage in Your Kitchen

On The Square Emporium shares their top tips to bring some vintage elements into your kitchen.

5 Ways to Use Vintage in Your Kitchen from  On The Square Emporium

Are you buying a new place and want to rip out the kitchen to create the kitchen of your dreams?

Or staying put, but want to update a tired, well used kitchen/living space?

Whichever applies, 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; incorporating some elements of vintage into your scheme can indeed ease the cost a little but it can also add much more 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:

1. 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 to more rough salvaged pieces such as an old farmhouse kitchen table or vintage Belfast Sink – if you mix a few styles together they can sit really well together.

 2. 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.

 3. 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.

 4. 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 done well – it signals a certain built-to-last feel.
Buy a vintage kitchen farmhouse table that have some knocks and scrapes of past families OR make your own using salvage wood.
OTSE bespoke pieces uses salvage floorboards, interior wood, old scaffolds which when sanded and recreated – make beautiful wood finishes.
Think about using salvage wood or different wood finishes on your kitchen cabinets doors perhaps.

 5. Lighting

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 or old street lights or even tall standard camera style lights give a beautiful light ambience as well as adding instant heritage.

 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!

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