Whether you are drawn to historic architecture styles or you simply want to design a kitchen to fit your antique home's aesthetic, there are a lot of features of Victorian kitchens that are worth considering today.
The Victorian era (roughly 1837-1901) was a period of invention and advancement. New technologies such as the stove and the icebox transformed the idea of the kitchen and helped redefine its style and layout. While you may think a kitchen from over 100 years ago isn't relevant today, you'll actually find that many of the elements of Victorian kitchens are useful for modern life.
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The Freestanding Kitchen
One of the main features of a Victorian kitchen is that, unlike our modern kitchens where everything is built-in, the focus is on freestanding cabinetry and furniture. While you may not opt for a fully freestanding kitchen, we love this little sink unit from theolivebranchkitchens. It's a great additional workspace that can be placed wherever you have room and lends a vintage vibe to your kitchen.
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A Blue Victorian-Style Kitchen
This lovely kitchen from blakelyinteriordesign feels very modern, but incorporates some Victorian-era elements, such as the elaborate molding and the oversized range cooker. Victorian kitchens didn't skimp on the flourishes, and the design was often grand and elegant.
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Kitchens Facing Inward
Whereas modern kitchens focus on the perimeter of the room, with open space in the center of the kitchen, Victorian-era kitchens faced inward, with the primary workspace centered in the middle of the room. This stunning traditional kitchen from citrineliving proves that this is a Victorian-era design we should definitely bring back.
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Furniture in the Kitchen
Victorian kitchens were often larger, with more space to entertain and host groups for dinner. This beautiful example from jacksondesignandremodeling features a dining table in the center of the space, perfect for hosting family and friends right where the action is happening.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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While you would have expected to see a clothing pulley system above the range cooker in the Victorian era, an antique range cooker is a great way to bring in a Victorian feel to any modern kitchen. Whether you opt for a cool green version, like this one from agaaustralia, or something a little more rustic, range cookers are usually oversized and perfect for cooking for large families.
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A Butler's Pantry
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An Antique Sink
The Victorian era brought with it the introduction of indoor plumbing, a modern amenity we can all agree was one of the best inventions of the past 200 years. Most Victorian sinks were porcelain, like this one from tap.warehouse, and featured brass or iron faucets.
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Open Kitchen Shelving
Due to the fact that kitchens were freestanding and homeowners in the Victorian era had less to store in the kitchen, you often saw a lot of open shelving. While this kitchen from projectforeverhome is a bit more modern, it embraces the open kitchen shelving look you often see in Victorian kitchens.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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A Grand Victorian-Style Kitchen
This stunning kitchen from historicalconcepts features the inward design and the grandeur of Victorian kitchens. Between the leaning antique ladder and the oversized elegant kitchen island, we can't decide what we love most about this vintage-inspired space.
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This vintage kitchen from showtime_essential_kitchens features built-in cabinetry that lends the same look and feel of Victorian-era freestanding furniture. Because of the fact that the cabinets do not sit flush with the ground, the kitchen gives off that freestanding vibe that feels rustic and antique.
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Add Small Furniture
While Victorian kitchens were often large enough to hold a full-sized dining room table in the center of the space, modern kitchens can be on the more compact side. But that doesn't mean you can't bring a vintage table, like this one from doesnttalktostrangers, into your kitchen. Focus on smaller pieces like two or four-seater tables or standalone pantries to get that Victorian vibe.
While the Victorian era may be in the rearview mirror, many aspects of the period's kitchens are still relevant today. With a few modern updates, a Victorian-style kitchen can combine the best of form and function.