These timeless kitchens get the best of both worlds with modern day function and charming retro style.
Keeping your cabinets and walls white will open up a small space, while color on the floor or ceiling will jazz it up without appearing too heavy. The two base cabinets, which stand in front of a large bank of windows, appear to be furniture. The countertops, made from old heart-pine, add more patina to the kitchen.
This efficient kitchen island is the homeowners’ central command station―it houses a dishwasher, microwave, two sinks, and nearly all of the room’s counter space. Designer Erika Powell lined the perimeter of this small kitchen with locker-style cabinets that function as a pantry. Industrial-style pendant lamps are an unexpected yet welcome contrast to the cottage style of this kitchen.
The green color of the cabinets absorbs light in this open, white kitchen – white on white would have been too much.
The punchy turquoise hue of the vintage-style appliances puts a chic spin on this coastal kitchen. A tumbled-glass backsplash mimics natural sea glass and contrasts sleek concrete countertops.
Give your kitchen an extra helping of cottage charm. Beaded board, marble countertops, and vintage-inspired appliances set the tone for a fresh, inviting space.
Add a little, gain a lot. That's the lesson one couple learned when they made a small addition to the cramped galley kitchen in their home. A cheerful green on the cabinets softens the dark countertops and hardware plus it keeps the stainless steel appliances from looking too industrial.
Although this home is new, its blue-and-green color scheme and vintage beach-house vernacular makes it seem decades old.
Muted gray cabinetry with a distressed finish and open shelves reinforce the room’s openness. The stainless steel appliances and sink add a sleek, metallic luster, and even the honed travertine marble countertops have lightness to them. On the walls and ceiling, boards are butted together for vintage cottage charm.
Beaded-board cabinet fronts on the bottom and glass-front cabinets above give the option for discreet storage as well as let the colorful dishware bring color into the space. Heart-pine countertops, a farmhouse sink, and pine floors painted a subtle yellow-and-white harlequin pattern give the kitchen an earnest cottage charm.
In this simple kitchen, green subway tiles run all the way to the ceiling. Open shelving seems to float on the tile and provides extra storage, while sconces are great for task lighting.
Give your kitchen a look as delicious as your favorite dessert with a cheerful pastel palette. Custom-painted appliances and two-tone cabinetry introduce an element of surprise, but by leaving everything else white, the space isn't overwhelming.
Vintage charm meets modern efficiency in this open kitchen. Cottage details, such as the apron-front sink and beaded-board island, mix perfectly with industrial accents, such as the appliances and countertops.
A farm table anchors the gathering space in this appealing kitchen. Lightly finished wood countertops contrast beautifully with classic subway tiles and hardwood flooring. Slipcovered chairs keep the arrangement informal.
This kitchen's wood floors sport a diamond pattern of green and cream.
This vintage stove was found on eBay and retrieved from a house in the Hollywood Hills.
Lemon yellow wall color paired with royal blue painted floors makes this small kitchen a charming, vintage-inspired space.
A stainless range and sculptural hood stand out against soft olive cabinets and bone-colored backsplash tiles in this showhouse kitchen. Marble countertops and wide-plank floors accentuate the old-world detailing.