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Vintage Décor Items For Your Modern Kitchen

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By on Oct 4, 2017
Vintage Décor Items For Your Modern Kitchen

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When it comes to home design, it doesn’t have to be straightforward. There are many types of styles that work together to create a cohesive look. It all depends on how you utilize each decorative element and help them work together. A great place to combine design themes is the kitchen. With so many finishes, materials and accessories, it’s the perfect space to try something new.

While there are many styles that go together well in the kitchen, mixing modern décor with a vintage spin is often the easiest. Both utilize natural looking elements and unique focal points that blend well. Here are a few ideas on how you can incorporate vintage décor items into your modern kitchen.

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Observe Your Finishes

1. Observe Your Finishes & Materials

To have a great blend of styles, you need to have a good foundation. Observe what finishes you currently have. Both vintage and modern styles embrace brushed nickel, chrome and bronze for finishes on appliances.

Countertops and kitchen cabinets should be considered as well, as these are not cheap features to replace. However, if you’re changing your look, you can always paint your kitchen cabinets a neutral color to make them blend in better with both styles. Marble countertops are a great accompaniment to either style as well. While you don’t have to remodel your kitchen to accommodate your style choices, it might be a good idea if you’re due for an upgrade.

Incorporate Natural Elements

2. Incorporate Natural Elements

Using wood accessories are a great way to introduce a vintage style into your modern kitchen. This works well with small kitchen accessories such as serving trays, canisters and dish racks. Be sure whatever you’re using is food-safe and waterproof, as it’s likely you’ll be using it around food. Plants are a great choice to add to the kitchen and it's an affordable way to decorate on a budget.

Ceramic and stone accessories are also a great way to incorporate vintage qualities into your kitchen. Containers for flour, sugar and more have benefits beyond decor. They can store your items stylishly and have them in reach when needed.

Use Vintage Dishes

3. Use Vintage Dishes

If you’re looking for a truly authentic way to integrate vintage and modern décor together, try finding vintage plates, bowls and serving ware. Antique stores and consignment shops are often a great place to find these beautiful pieces. They’ll also be a unique talking point when you’re entertaining.

If you’d rather skip the hunt, there are plenty of vintage-looking serving sets available at your local home goods store. Look for ceramic, white and porcelain if possible. Florals and stripes work well here.

4. Decorate Walls With Vintage Prints

If you’re looking to give your modern kitchen a vintage look on a budget, consider hanging prints. There are many varieties of kitchen prints available. Consider adding them in a set or certain theme. Creating a small gallery wall of prints can truly transform your space.

Vintage garden prints or old café prints are the perfect décor item. Be sure to add a frame that’s fitting for the look. Thick, dark wood frames or a distressed white frame will dress these prints up beautifully and look great on your kitchen wall.

Change Your Light Fixture

5. Change Your Light Fixture

Thankfully, in either style, light fixtures matter. A simple change can really do wonders for the look of your space. If you’re redecorating to mix these styles, it’s time to say goodbye to that old fluorescent light and switch to something eye-catching. Consider adding a light fixture with an exposed Edison bulb. Milk glass is also the perfect addition to a light fixture to give your kitchen a vintage look, but make the light a bit less harsh.

Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

6. Choose Cabinet Hardware Carefully

It’s a small detail that’s often overlooked, but vintage kitchen cabinet hardware can often be overlooked when redecorating. However, it's details like this that make a small difference. Replacing your kitchen cabinet hardware is a budget-friendly project that can easily be done in an afternoon. You’ll want to match your vintage-looking hardware to your existing cabinets.

Stick To Neutral Paint Colors

7.  Stick To Neutral Paint Colors

For either style, picking a bright and bold color will certainly clash. It’s best to stick to neutrals that let your décor really shine. Off-white, gray and light brown tend to work well with both styles and can add warmth to the space.

Repainting a kitchen can be an easy task to refresh your space. The average cost to paint a home interior is $1,679, with most homeowners spending between $1,130 and $1,826. Much of the cost will come from how large the room is and how much paint you’ll need. If you intend on DIYing the project, it’s likely you’ll save money by doing so.


It can be hard for homeowners to choose a favorite style. The good news is that you don’t have to. Pull from both vintage and modern looks to inspire a style unique to your kitchen. It will certainly be a space you love to be!

Looking for more ideas that will help inspire your kitchen décor? Read Vintage Kitchen Appliances: Stoves & Ovens.

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