How to use vintage homewares as beautiful kitchen storage

July 07, 2021

I think it was William Morris who said, "Never have something in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

A curated vintage home is the ideal way to bring this credo to life, and the best pieces are often highly practical and useful, whilst also bringing beauty to every corner of a room.

This is particularly apt when it comes to kitchen ware. My vintage sourcing obsession started with French vintage kitchen items and it's still going strong!

Think about the storage you typically need in every kitchen - from jars and canisters for dry goods such as pasta and coffee, to vegetable baskets and cutlery holders. If you have open shelving, it's an invitation to style your storage in a way that you can be proud of. And that's often where vintage kitchenalia comes in!

I've included below a few examples of items that can really elevate your kitchen storage, using glass, statement shapes and brilliant colour to bring joy to the everyday. And of course, with vintage items, particularly those that are non-plastic, you're choosing a more environmentally sustainable route too.


vivi et margot french vintage kitchen

I get a ton of inspiration from the French online lifestyle store and blog, Vivi et Margot. Charlotte Reiss is the founder and has recently moved to France, where she has renovated a property, including this stunning kitchen! Just look at the tiles, the cabinetry and of course, the array of authentic vintage ceramics, coppers, baskets and glass storage jars. This is a woman after my own heart. The best part? It's all highly functional, whilst being beautiful to look at.

Simply Scandi Katie green vintage kitchen


Here's another great example, this time from @SimplyScandiKatie, who uses green again (I think it's Farrow and Ball Green Smoke) on her kitchen walls. Green is a great foil for rustic wood, such as the cabinet tops, the vintage butter pat and the washboard, and the white confit pot lifts the scheme and adds some freshness. This pot is full of dried foliage, but could easily be full of cutlery and utensils - that's how I use a similar pot in my kitchen.

Martha Stewart kitchen organisation

Finally - here's the doyenne of home style, Martha Stewart, showing us how she organises every inch of her kitchen. It's a great lesson in how something could seem cluttered, but the unified colour scheme (no bright pink spatulas hiding out here!) and shape of the pots keeps it together and focuses the eye. Note the array of vintage pots - from small ceramic jam jars to larger confit style - all in harmony in terms of colour and shape. 

I'm a firm believer that your surroundings affect your mood, and just knowing everything in my kitchen is organised and easy on the eye helps me relax and inspires me to cook. I'm currently planning to repaint my own kitchen from dark grey to Farrow and Ball Duck Green, so i'm playing around with wood, green and clear glass and ceramics in neutral and white tones. 

Shop the look in our Rustic Kitchen collection


White vintage kitchen ware

Simple and fresh white tureens and Wedgwood embossed vase. 




Green glass vintage French canning jars for kitchen storage

Green glass storage canisters.



 Vintage French bread basket.

Set of copper saucepans.





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