This Old-School Kitchen Trend Is Making a Comeback, and We’re Into It

published May 28, 2023
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Whether your home is brand-new or a few decades old, you can still find simple ways to give it character and charm. This one old-school decorating idea might be a great place to start, and it’s typically something that’s best applied in kitchens. Any guesses?

Sonia Sanz owns a cozy 1600-square-foot cottage in Barcelona, Spain, that she’s spent the last year transforming into a picturesque bed and breakfast. Before purchasing this property, Sanz also owned a home decor shop called TOC TOC. When the pandemic hit though, she felt inspired to start a brand-new project. In her house tour, Sanz says that, “with a little effort and help from destiny,” she found this century-old house where she could let her creativity run wild.

Before renting this property out to travelers, Sanz, her husband, and their two daughters lived in the house to get a feel for the space and what it needed to be as comfortable and welcoming as possible. “We love to come and live in the house in a simple and natural way, with no TV or microwave,” Sanz says. “Without a doubt, the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. It’s where we spend most of our time and enjoy every meal as a family.” The kitchen might have some modern conveniences — like an oven, for example, but the one thing it doesn’t have? Lower cabinet doors. That’s because Sanz chose to go doorless, hanging a red plaid fabric skirt instead, and I have to say, I’m into the skirted sink look here.

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To make this setup even more adorable, Sanz added a matching valence on the kitchen’s main window. However you personally feel about ruffles on ruffles, there’s something plain, simple, and lovely about this old-school solution. Sink and furniture skirts have their pros: They’re a great way to accent an area you love (in this case, the kitchen sink and pretty view outside), and they’re super-easy to change out on a whim and just throw in the wash to clean (which can’t be said for cabinet doors).

When decorating a home, Sanz believes it’s important to be yourself and not chase fads or trends. “I love things that are timeless,” she says, and these vintage-looking kitchen skirts are a perfect example of her taste. So if you’re a vintage lover looking to incorporate a little Old World charm into your home, this could be a place to start. If you ask Sanz, she’d definitely tell you that “unique elements like this will give originality to any home.”

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: This Old-School Kitchen Trend Might Be Making a Comeback, and It’s Great News for Vintage Lovers