For an on-trend retro look, here’s how to successfully add reclaimed and repurposed pieces to your kitchen
Above Terramix brick tiles from Gemini Tiles recreate the exposed brickwork effect with three colours to choose from. They cost £56.99 per sq. m
Kitchen trends may come and go but there’s one look that’s managed to remain timeless while still harnessing the very latest in materials, finishes and textures. We’re talking about all things vintage; whether it’s a salvaged sink or reclaimed timber flooring, reusing and repurposing items for kitchen function is just as important as utilising them to add interest to the overall décor. ‘I don’t think vintage pieces have ever really gone out of style,’ says Lucy St George, co-founder and director of Rockett St George. ‘Be it a vintage armchair, lampshade or some artwork, we all have that one piece in our home that we have had for years and that we really love. I think that all modern kitchens should have at least one vintage piece, as it’s a foolproof way of adding personality and can transform a cold, lifeless room into a home that reflects your unique sense of style.’
Below The Berkeley ceramic tile in Charcoal (shown) or Slate Blue, is by tile manufacturer Duomo Peronda. With the look of a vintage encaustic tile, it costs £67.56 per sq. m, Topps Tiles
Creating the perfect balance between old and new is key to making it work, so consider mixing antique finds and salvaged style with boot sale bargains; an old dresser for instance can be given a new lease of life by upcycling it with a lick of chalk paint, while wooden stools and dining chairs can be stripped back and teamed with a zinc-topped table. It’s all about avoiding that twee effect and choosing items you fall in love with. ‘I’m a particular fan of rustic chopping boards and copper pans hanging from shelves,’ adds Lucy. ‘It adds a vintage feel to the room and is a great space saver, making a nice change from the usual kitchen cabinets.’
This is a style that can be added to over the years; there’s no rush to create instant salvage chic. The less it’s forced, the better it will look. In an older property, you have the advantage of original architectural features and joinery, so work with its history and enhance them wherever possible. Do some research on the period that your home was built and try to be sympathetic to your surroundings with natural paint finishes for walls and reclaimed timber floorboards or encaustic tiles. ‘The vintage trend is really popular,’ explains Charlie Marshall, founder of Loaf, ‘with many looking to create a timeless feel. Natural materials such as weathered woods, vintage-style metals and painted timbers in matt colours will stand the test of time and lend themselves to a laid-back interior.’
Above For something different for the cabinetry, check out these bespoke kitchen cupboards in a brass finish by Bert & May. Prices available on application.
Article by: Hayley Gilbert