Antique Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Browse antique kitchen decorating ideas, and prepare to add a historical and elegant design to your kitchen.

Shabby-Chic Kitchen Hutch Holding Dishes

Vintage Kitchen Hutch With Natural Wood Shelves

By: Sean McEvoy

Antique kitchen decorating ideas are plentiful. With antiques widely available from fairs, brick-and-mortar shops and online retailers, you're sure to find great antique elements after some concerted research and eagle-eyed browsing.

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Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Blue Coastal Kitchen

Multicolored Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) View original photo.

Green and Brown Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Creamy White Country Kitchen

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Photo By: Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Mixed-Color Mediterranean Kitchen

Transitional Stainless Steel Kitchen

Black and Brown Traditional Kitchen

Photo By: Cheryl Clendendon View original photo.

Brown Wood Old-World Kitchen

From

Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography © Denver Parade of Homes View original photo.

Neutral Traditional Kitchen With Island

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) View original photo.

Mixed-Color Tuscan Kitchen

Cherry and Emerald Modern Zen Kitchen

Black Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Brown and Neutral Tuscan Country Kitchen

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Katheryn Cowles

Neutral and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen

Cherry and White Traditional Kitchen

Red Modern Kitchen

Green Transitional Kitchen

Brown Kitchen With Contemporary and Rustic Elements

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Arts and Crafts Kitchen With Yellow Cabinets

From

Abe Jerome

Neutral and Blue Rustic Kitchen

Copper and Cherry Kips Bay Kitchen

Photo By: Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Vaulted Ceiling

Photo By: 2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY ©2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY View original photo.

Contemporary Kitchen With Island

And

John Colaneri

Blue Rustic Kitchen

And

John Colaneri

Brown Modern Kitchen and Dining Room

White Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen With Reclaimed Wood

Brown Old-World Kitchen

From

Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography © Denver Parade of Homes View original photo.

Brown Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

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Montreux Custom Homes

Photo By: Montreux Custom Homes ©Montreux Custom Homes View original photo.

White Traditional Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen

White & Gray Country Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

© Photography by Aaron Leitz View original photo.

Red Contemporary Kitchen

From

Jane Ellison

Photo By: Stuart Lirette View original photo.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Photo By: Brian Kellogg ©scripps Networks, LLC View original photo.

White Contemporary Kitchen

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Kathleen Perkins

©Image Courtesy of Kathleen Perkins View original photo.

Brown Traditional Kitchen

Turquoise Transitional Kitchen

White and Gray Modern Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Turquoise Tropical Galley Kitchen

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) View original photo.

White Traditional Kitchen

From

Ben Herzog

Photo By: Marco Valencia ©Marco Valencia View original photo.

White and Red Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island

Green and White Modern Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

White Country Kitchen

Black-and-White Modern Kitchen

Beige Transitional Kitchen

Beige Old-World Kitchen

Brown & Gray Modern Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

©2012 Brian Kellogg View original photo.

Mixed-Color Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional White Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Photo By: unknown © Photography by Harvey Smith View original photo.

White Contemporary Galley Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island Seating

White Contemporary Kitchen

White and Stainless Steel Modern Kitchen

Neutral Modern Kitchen

Photo By: Trevor Tondro ©All images copyright 2012 Trevor Tondro all rights reserved

Yellow Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Open Contemporary Kitchen

White and Gray Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

From

Deena Castello

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

From

Judith Taylor

Transitional Kitchen With Wood, Stainless & Marble

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

From

Dorothy Willetts

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

White & Gray Kitchen With Farmhouse Table

Neutral Old-World Kitchen With Island

From

Karen Kettler

White Contemporary Shaker Kitchen

Photo By: Mary Beth Hartgrove View original photo.

Contemporary Kitchen With Warm Wood Tones

Brown and White Contemporary Kitchen

Warm, White Traditional Kitchen

Photo By: Orren Pickell View original photo.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Island

From

Gioi Tran

Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Urban Kitchen With Green Tile and Light Wood

From

Ben Herzog

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

From

Mary Broerman

Espresso and Stainless Contemporary Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

From

Tracy Dunn

Brown Transitional Kitchen With Tile Backsplash

Green and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Photo By: Andrew Bruah View original photo.

White Transitional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Island

White Townhome Kitchen

From

Ben Herzog

An antique kitchen design can afford any homeowner great decorating opportunities — from unique, historical artwork to antique kitchen implements.

Antique kitchens can take many forms, from colonial-inspired designs to slightly more contemporary styles that toe the line between antique and vintage. One shared aspect of most antique kitchens is that they tend to reflect a more rustic, pastoral design, particularly when it comes to the antique elements they feature, which will almost universally date to an era when cooking was much more closely connected to agrarian traditions. For this reason, antique kitchens may have a "farm table" or "country kitchen" feel, based on the heritage of their decorative elements.

One of the most common ways to incorporate vintage decorative flourishes into your kitchen design is to feature cookware that dates to a particular historical era. Pots and pans, cutlery and other kitchen implements are all available — from still-sharp knives to virtually indestructible iron skillets, some kitchen antiques can still be used in everyday cooking. Others may be better suited to display within your kitchen design — for example, oil-rubbed-bronze pots and pans can hang from a decorative rack above the stove, adding both visual interest and a nod to a bygone era in a colonial kitchen design.

Artwork is another opportunity to feature antique looks in your kitchen design. Paintings, drawings or etchings from various historical eras can liven up any kitchen wall, and they're widely available at art and antique fairs or from online specialty shops. They may feature scenes of nature or historical farming techniques or tools, or pastoral scenes rich with flora and fauna.

Another way to add interest to an antique kitchen design is with carefully chosen storage options. Antique glass jars are widely available in a range or colors and sizes, and they often feature intricate designs, logos or artwork reflecting themes prevalent during their era. Large porcelain storage jars may also be available, once again connecting an antique kitchen design to agricultural traditions.

Finally, consider wallpaper for your antique kitchen design. Floral or toile designs are available in a range of styles and colors, featuring designs that are both attractive and authentic to their historical era.

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