The groovy retro look can be associated with creativity, freedom of thought, and unconventionality. Retro aesthetic therefore can be very inspiring. Incorporating elements of retro style can also add a touch of boldness and pizazz to the room as many furnishings are built in striking shapes and strong colours set the stage in many retro styles. The retro look can also conjure thoughts of your own childhood and therefore bring an additional sense of charming nostalgia. Still, it can be hard to strike the balance between creating a retro style home and making your home look like the set of the Brady Bunch or That 70s Show. Selecting the right furniture, kitchen appliances, and accessories can bring just the right amount of retro glam to your home. Follow these six easy guidelines for making your home a little more far out.
When it comes to the sofa, look for sleek and unconventional shapes for a retro chic look. Bold colours like reds and purples add the right retro finish. Materials can vary from tweed to leather, but try not to go too plush. Like modern décor, retro can take on a sort of futuristic look. Opting for sofas with thin legs is a good means of achieving this vibe. Generally, lighter colour woods and chrome finishes make for good accents. Even simply incorporating the right sofa or chair can be enough to make an adequately retro statement within the interior. We love this sofa by Connox--be unique as it is unconventionally shaped in a way that is geometrically pleasing with thin legs and light colour wooded accents. It isn't too full blown to the point where the room looks overstatedly retro. It gets the point across in a way that still feels 21st century.
Perhaps one of the most iconic retro rooms is the kitchen. The appliances from the 50s, 60s, and 70s alone give off a period vibe. Additionally, geometric light fixtures and bold wallpaper were particularly common in kitchens. These things are all coming back into style. Opting for a single vintage piece like a stove or refrigerator can transform a kitchen to retro perfection. This yellow vintage refrigerator is an ideal depiction of what we are getting at. Including bold pattern wallpaper in only a portion of the kitchen is a good way to add an extra retro touch without overdoing it. The yellow accented wallpaper on this kitchen’s backsplash coordinates excellently with the refrigerator, which helps tie the room together. Alternatively, checkered tiling on the walls, floors, or both is a sure fire way to cultivate the retro aesthetic. Finish the kitchen off with some funky light fixtures like these ones, and you’re set!
Much like the sofa, the bed should be simple and light. Those same thin legs that look great on a retro sofa apply here too. Unconventionalities like a plush headboard in a bold colour are also total permissible. The bed can be a fun way to mix things up and make a statement. Further, the retro bedspread can be loud and colourful with striking floral or geometric patters. If you’d like to add just a touch of retro while still making your bedroom feel updated and part of this decade, go for a bed like this one by 1+1Studio. It is sophisticated and modern while its neutral colouring keeps it from coming on too strong. Subsequently, the bedroom feels light and airy rather than stuffy or out of date. It’s the perfect balance!
No other stile of design will afford you the freedom to go as bold in your colour choices as the retro look. Don’t be afraid to try that daring geometric or floral wallpaper you’ve been eyeing. You can also paint just one wall in a saturated, jewel tone like gold, red, purple or blue. If you’d rather tone it down a bit from the patterns that have been employed in the past you can try just adding in some colour in your kitchen fronts or backsplash like we can see in this excellent retro kitchen. The colour variation really plays up the interesting geometric formation of the kitchen cabinets. If you’d prefer to tone it down even more, invest in some bold, retro art. You don’t have a Warhol or a Pollock to pull off the retro look. There are countless options on the market nowadays thanks to the internet.
The bathtub is a staple in the retro bathroom. Freestanding subs were, and still are, very glam. Imagine the homes of movie starts from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. They all certainly had this luxurious set up in their homes. Claw foot tubs in particular are a design favourite. The will bring just the right amount of old school charm to your bathroom. Adding tiles for geometric repetition as we can see in this bathroom with help to round out the room in a modern, retro fashion. You can feel free to go a bit more old-fashioned in the bathroom, with darker wood furnishings and tastefully exposed metal piping. If you’re really feeling adventurous, go with a bathtub in a bold colour. You can always downplay your vintage tub by incorporating more contemporary light fixtures, washbasins, and wall treatments. It’s entirely up to you, to what extent you want to take your retro interiors back in time.
In actuality, you can add all the retro flair you want through your accessories. With the help of your light fixtures, knick-knacks, and art you can transform any room into a more retro chic version of itself. Lava lamps or shapely light fixtures like the table lamp in this interior are certain to bring in that retro touch we love. Orbs or other provocative geometric shaped accessories are also welcome in the retro interior. Further abstract art in bold patterns is a great alternative to covering your entire wall in a loud-patterned paper. In fact, the right retro accessories can really make your retro space feel authentic. Patterned area rugs can have the same effect. As for smaller knick-knacks and décor, engage in some vintage shop or flea market exploration. This is another great time to go for the real deal in retro design without ending with a shabby presentation as can happen with dated furnishings.
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