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When it comes to decorating a vintage kitchen, the most striking aspect is the extreme variety of styles you can draw on, obtaining extremely different results.

Indeed, the constant evolution of taste and design over the last century led to a marked and substantial distinction in the styles adopted over the years, with varied outcomes in terms of lines, prevailing colours and choice of materials. So the first thing you need to do when decorating a vintage kitchen is ask yourself which specific style or historical period you want to be inspired by.

Old style kitchens

Many choose a retro style because they want to highlight antique furniture or old tools that show the story of their family, their dear ones and bring back childhood memories to seek to recreate a cosy, welcoming and familiar setting.

Whether it is glass cabinets, where the best dinner set used to be on display, or shabby chic bread chests or sideboards, or copper pots, the best way of including them in the interior decoration consistently and evenly is to work with colours that go well together and a sensible combination of materials.

Reliability and aesthetics: the two aspects you shouldn’t overlook when you choose your worktops

Choosing the worktop is crucial when furnishing a kitchen and even more so if you want a kitchen with a well-defined style, as in the case of vintage kitchens. Carefully selecting the worktop material is indeed essential both for practical reasons and aesthetics. Worktops are the kitchen’s centrepiece, where food is processed and prepared. So from a practical point of view, the choice cannot disregard the reliability and safety standards certifying suitability for food contact and the performance of the material from the point of view of functionality and resistance. While in terms of looks, choosing a specific material and a given colour is decisive to define the character, design and style of the kitchen. That’s why choosing a worktop is not something that can be left to chance.

Wood and light-coloured, veined Santamargherita worktop for a truly old style kitchen.

Santamargherita worktops are tested and certified for food contact. Their high resistance to scratches and chemicals, and low water absorption make them sound and reliable worktops. Plus, with their wide range of colours, you can choose a worktop colour that fits in with your furniture of choice. In a kitchen where old furniture has found a new purpose, there must be a light-coloured, veined worktop, such as SM Quartz – Vermont, Vittoria or Fusion White, which enhances the natural beauty of wood, the material of choice for vintage kitchens, and highlights its colours. Indeed, these three variants combine the high hygiene standards and reliability of Santamargherita materials with the ability to blend in with retro styles and designs: the worktops of old country kitchens, where the large natural stone tops were the heart of family life.

The Editor