Vintage kitchen tables provide a unique charm as it mixes with modern interior designs. Despite the primitive look, there’s a feeling of cosiness that comes from having an antique piece in the midst of a contemporary theme.
In this case, we’re talking about tables. Tables are one of the oldest known furniture and so it’s not surprising to find that it is very versatile. It’s been used for different purposes and over the years, different styles and designs were made to cater to those needs. Today, it’s known to be multi-purpose. It’s heavily used in kitchens for preparing and sharing meals, doing homework and others. It’s certainly a piece of furniture that will be missed once taken out from the kitchen.
Since a table could be a focal point in the kitchen, it’s not surprising to find designers mixing vintage tables with contemporary themes.
Different styles of vintage kitchen tables
- Butler’s table. It originated in the 18th century; it is designed with a detachable tray and is supported by four legs with an x-frame. The tray has hinged sides with handholds meant to be for serving food or tea.
- Console table. Also from the 18th century, it was designed with two legs and one undecorated side. The undecorated side was meant to be attached against a wall using brackets and is usually rectangular in shape.
- Demilune. It’s shaped as a half-moon in which the flat side can be kept against the wall. Some designs come with a drop-leaf that can form a full circle. It was designed to save space in times that the table is not needed.
- Trestle table. Dating back from the Middle Ages, this is the most common European table. It consists of a large and heavy rectangular board supported by rigid vertical frames. These frames are in turn supported by one horizontal piece in the middle.
These are only a few styles of antique tables and are mostly from the Middle Ages. On a more recent note, table designs from the 50s and 60s are a hot pick for modern kitchens. The style is of a basic one, a flat board with four legs. The unique vintage touch comes with the colour scheme and designs.
What gives a table the ‘vintage look’?
If we’re talking about middle-age antiques, it would all fall on the quality of material and authenticity of the style but if we’re talking of the 50s and 60s tables, there’s no distinct definition for the design done on tables.
The vintage effect of the 50s and 60s tables can be explained by what occurred in the Atomic Age. It was what designers called this period when designers began to use bright colours boldly. Extreme colours were combined such as red and gold while still keeping the lighter shades such as beige, avocado green, light yellow and others. Vintage kitchen tables are very flexible when it comes to design which is why when determining whether a table design falls under the vintage bracket, it would highly depend on the colour combination and not only on the style.