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10 tips to Style your Vintage Kitchen

Deciding you love vintage is one thing, but what to buy and how to start incorporating vintage kitchen and table ware into your home can be quite another. My personal vintage enlightenment began with a Poole Pottery cheese dish, it blew me away and I began to add more and more vintage wares to my home. With the huge array of vintage wares on offer it can be quite daunting to decide what pieces to buy. Which will be a useful investment and what will tie in with your existing modern kitchen wares are often key questions. So here are yay retro!'s 10 tips to start off your very own vintage kitchen collection.

1. Invest in a piece that you can use everyday:
A vintage storage jar or set of storage containers are good examples. Use them for coffee, tea, sugar, rice, porridge or flour. Storage jars are really useful and add an instant pop of vintage for your kitchen which are always on display. You can't go wrong with a dependable storage jar.

2. Add a brightly coloured tray:
There's nothing like a flower power tray to shout ' I love vintage' in your home! The great thing about them is that they can be stood up on your worktop and act as a backdrop or frame to any other pieces you have (they almost look like pictures don't they?) An added bonus is that you can carry things on them - wow!

3. Go with the flow:
As you begin to extend your vintage wings, adding little pieces here and there can be really pleasurable. You don't need to worry about everything matching at this point, just go with the flow. Why not choose a vintage butter or cheese dish for your fridge? 

4. Switch to stylish good quality vintage cups and saucers:
At this point you may be unsure how your vintage collection might grow, a great idea is to go plain with your cups and saucers. The classic Woods Beryl green wartime cups are an ideal choice, as is Twintone Poole Pottery. Both come in pastel shades and so will tie in with any other vintage plates, dishes or tableware that you choose at a later date. These brands of vintage pottery are robust, resilient and exceptionally long lasting so a fantastic choice for the modern home. 

5. Invest in a vintage teapot:
Buying a teapot may be something you hadn't considered, however teapots make wonderful ornamental pieces for your vintage kitchen all year round, and bringing them out when friends come visiting makes for a wonderful conversation starter. You may decide to match your teapot to your cups and saucers, or be fun and choose a contrasting flowery teapot. 

6. Start using vintage plates:
You may decide to match your plates to your cups, or have a mix and match style. Personally my vintage collection is styled by colour. So I have a blue theme going on, with plain, check and also floral plates. Mealtimes have never looked so good!

7. Start cooking & serving with vintage kitchen wares:
Now you've begun to add small pieces of vintage here and there, you may decide to switch to vintage cookware. We've recently changed over completely to using vintage in our kitchen and it really has brought us joy... It's fun to choose which piece of Pyrex might best suit a casserole or pudding, and you simply cannot beat a vintage potato masher!

8. Add some Vintage Enamel:
Vintage cookware can be bright and fun! Add some vintage enamelware to your kitchen such as a kettle for your hob or a set of flowery 70s enamel saucepans. Some people leave the saucepans on display to great effect when not use, and many are stackable for this very purpose.

9. Throw a vintage party:
Why not host a vintage party? Drinks are so much more delicious and fun when you use a quality vintage glass. Decorated with bright patterns, a lot of 1950s barware is kitsch in design and the ideal base from which to get the party started... Don't forget to add pineapple sticks!

10. Choose vintage ornaments:
We began with a stunning Jersey Pottery bird in the kitchen, and ended up with a flock of them in the dining room! Our vintage glassware collection started with a vase in the kitchen, and oops they now fill the dining room windowsill. There will be no holding you back once you begin your vintage collection - yay retro!

Why not go shopping in the yay retro! vintage shop now? Use the search box to help you find what you need. I add new stock at least twice a week, so it really is worth popping in regularly as many of my customers do. Follow yay retro! on Facebook, InstagramTwitter or Pinterest to keep up to date with all that is going on too :O)

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