Decorating Ideas Using Collectible Cat Accessories – Decorating designs featuring our feline friends have long been popular. Creating a unique cat theme room is easier – and lots more fun, using collectibles. Ideas for kitchen décor with vintage cat motifs follow.
Kitchen Wall Décor with Vintage Cat Collectibles – An unusual idea for creating a vintage cat theme kitchen is old trivets as wall décor. You can display older pieces along the soffit space above the cupboards, or in groupings on the walls. Retro trivets, from the 60s and 70s, collectibles from the 20s – 50s, or authentic antiques from early 1900s and before may feature cat designs.
For instance, you might find and use a square shaped, wrought iron trimmed trivet from the 70s picturing “Garfield” enjoying a favorite meal, or a shield shaped porcelain trivet from the 40s decorated with a whimsical bow-tied dressed cat pawing a ball of yarn. Or maybe a figural brass trivet from the 50s shaped like a regal and serene sitting feline. Focus on one type of style, color, or material, or mix all types of vintage cat trivets for an interesting look.
Vintage calendars and antique advertising cards would also make unique wall décor. Collectible cat calendars can be found from any earlier period. Hang a few complete calendars with photo or artist created designs you particularly like, or make a collection of the design portions only.
Smaller advertising or calling cards from the late 1800s and early 1900s would mix well with the calendars or make colorful displays of charming old-fashioned sentiments and designs on their own. For instance, you could group a collection of cards featuring cats with food or eating themes – such as one advertising B.T. Babbit’s Co., and picturing a small girl at a table with her kitten, sharing cookies.
Vintage dishtowels and potholders are other ideas for wall décor in a cat theme kitchen. Embroidered towels from the 40s and 50s may be easiest to find, but reproduction designs are currently available to stitch on modern fabrics as well. A wall area displaying a few collectible towels would make a cute backdrop to countertop or shelf cat accessories. Older potholders featuring cat designs can be hung most anywhere in the kitchen, especially small wall spaces, corners, etc.
Kitchen Decorating Accessories with Vintage Cat Memorabilia – A fun focus for cat theme kitchens is vintage creamers and pitchers. You can mix styles, sizes, and shapes or concentrate on one type. For example, you might find an Art Deco style porcelain milk pitcher from the 20s, designed with a long and sleek cat figural handle. Or a Shawnee creamer from the 40s, made in the shape of a grinning, sweatered kitty. Cat collectible design and shaped pitchers of many sizes and types are available to work with.
Another idea is to display vintage cat salt and peppershakers. You can include a few unique styles, such as shakers made to hang from a bowl or shelf, as well as pairs made in unusual sizes, shapes, or colors. Retro and antique ceramic utilitarian objects decorated with cat designs or shapes can add pizzazz to a shakers collection, or be displayed separately on a shelf, windowsill etc. For instance, you might use a black lusterware eggcup shaped like a cat’s head, or a figural porcelain string holder from the 40s, shaped like a smiling, yarn holding kitty. And consider adding one or two larger older ceramic pieces such as a 1940s McCoy figural cat in basket cookie jar, or a charming vintage Shawnee “Puss ‘N Boots jar.
Collectible Cats, Book II, Marbena “Jean” FykeCollector Books, 1996