Sometimes I’m the worst at predicting style trends. Over the last 10 years, I assumed the vintage kitchen trend had reached its peak at least 3 different times. And I keep being wrong. It’s still going strong and there are no signs of letting up. In fact, more and more appliance manufacturers seem to be getting into the vintage-style game even now.
I remember first noticing the trend with the resurgence of classic-style Kitchen Aid mixers in a original colors about 15 years ago. And since then, the trend has been applied to every kitchen appliance, tool and accessory you can think of. In fact there are popular appliance lines that only produce vintage-looking wares, ranging from big ovens to tiny electric kettles (think: Smeg and Big Chill).
Though I don’t have a particularly vintage kitchen, the classic styling really appeals to me. I love seeing a fresh, modern kitchen with vintage appliances — maybe a toaster or fridge or blender — adding fun pops of color and personality.
What’s your take on the vintage kitchen trend? Does it appeal to you? Do you have anything vintage-looking in your kitchen right now? Do you like a mix modern and vintage? Or do you feel like if you’re going vintage, you need to go for the full kitchen suite? Also, do you have a particular accent color you love in the kitchen? I seem to waffle between red and blue.
P.S. — Not sure what I mean by vintage kitchen trend? Here’s a little roundup of some of the best examples I’ve seen lately:
- Daewoo Retro Microwave Oven
- Black Chicken Timer
- Now Designs Floursack Kitchen Towels
- SMEG 50s Blender
- Bai Square Retro Wall Clock
- Sweetheart Retro Kitchen Aprons
- KitchenAid 2.0-Quart Kettle Citrus Sunrise
- 17-Inch Extra Long Oven Mitts with Non-Slip Silicone Grip
- Now Designs Tea Tin
- Bella Linea 2 Slice Toaster with Extra Wide Slot
- Now Designs Bakery Box
- Picnic Tablecloth Red Check
- KitchenAid Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Credit: Photo at top is from the kitchen chapter in my book. It’s on sale right now!