There are two core designs for a vintage kitchen: in frame and frameless door systems. The frameless, or lay on, door is a standard kitchen door.
The in frame, or semi-overlay, door has a frame attached to the front of the cabinet to hide the front edges of it. This traditional carpentry has become very popular in recent years: either system will provide an ideal base for a vintage kitchen unit.
Vintage kitchens often mix open shelving and closed cabinets. Glass fronted cabinets and dressers are very popular. As for worktops, solid hardwoods are the most prominent type in old style vintage kitchens. However, Lechner & Duropal laminated worktops, with various styles of edgings and trims, are a very attractive and cost effective alternative. If you really want to bring some old style country tradition to your kitchen, how about a walk in pantry? This fabulous, convenient storage idea is perfect for keeping your dry goods, dish ware and small appliances at your fingertips. We also offer the classic 50s style ‘retro’ fridges (Smeg and Nordmende) which will go a long way toward creating that vintage look. These icons of style combine famous 50s aesthetics with cutting edge technology.
Bring some personality to your kitchen with a Smeg retro fridge. Of course, at the heart of the kitchen is the cooker and nothing could be more suitable to a retro theme than a free standing range cooker. We offer all the best brands including Hotpoint, Falcon and Caple. As for vintage kitchen sinks, there is really only one choice: the Belfast sink. This is considered one of the essentials of a traditional country house theme. We offer the following brands: Villeroy & Boch, RAK and Caple. Easy to clean and keep hygienic, it is the perennial favourite for a vintage style kitchen.
Once you have your kitchen fitted, complete that old world ambience in the following ways. Artwork can really enhance the vintage look and feel of your kitchen. From post-World War II adverts to 60s style modern art prints, artwork can add both sophistication and retro appeal. Another way to finish your nostalgic kitchen is wall paper. Playful and colourful designs such as polka dots will complete that post war aesthetic. Vintage linens are also worth considering. Colourful tea towels, table clothes and curtains will boost the old world charm of your kitchen.
For a traditional country style theme there are three common patterns: Gingham, toile and plaid. Dishware can also make a difference. Fiesta is a popular choice for the retro minded. Its strong colours are eye catching either behind a glass front cabinet or on open shelves.
Once your vintage style kitchen is complete, open a bottle of fine wine and sit back and relax. Putting together this kind of kitchen is deeply satisfying and rewarding and what better way to celebrate? You will be so proud of it you won’t want to leave!
Contact Hartigan Kitchen & Bedrooms today and we can get you started on the road to owning a beautiful, inspired, atmospheric vintage style kitchen.