If you think retro styles are just for hipsters, think again. We at Sofa Workshop LOVE retro, and whether you plan to add just a few retro items to your home or go all out retro, this interior design style will give any space a unique and interesting character. Here are a few tips to getting that retro look in your home.
Pick An Era
The term retro refers to reproductions or imitations of a style or fashion from the recent past and can cover any period from the previous century. For this reason, before you do anything else you need to first think about which decade you plan on modeling your interior on. Any era from the 1920s to the 1980s would work well, but the 50s, 60s and 70s in particular marked a dramatic step forward in technology and furniture design and so offer a wealth of design options. Of course, the beauty of retro is that you don’t have to stick exclusively to a particular time – you can play around a bit with styles as long as they don’t jar with each other.
Start With Furniture
When deciding on a design style for your home you should normally start with the larger items of furniture and then go from there. Once you know this, it will be easier to visualise how you want the entire space to look and to match accessories accurately. Thankfully, getting hold of retro furniture is not difficult these days, with many manufacturers now making reproduction pieces.
Nothing says retro quite like bold wallpaper. Whether you opt for the geometric motifs of the art deco period or the colourful stylised floral patterns commonly seen on walls during the 1970s, wallpaper is a simple way to stamp a retro vibe on a room. Coordinating your furniture and accessories with your walls is a great way to bring the look together, but you could of course also go the other way and create more of an eclectic environment.
Keep Things Colourful
If you really want to make a statement with your retro-designed home, consider using a vibrant colour palette. Although not all retro styles call for colourful interiors, there are some – specifically those of the 60s and 70s – that most certainly do. The beauty of this approach is that it affords you much more freedom to experiment and have fun with colours that otherwise might not go well together.
Lighting is a vital part of any home decor, but it plays a particularly important role in retro decor where designers experimented with new forms and materials – the designs they created are practically endless, giving you a dizzying array of choices. Search out specialist lighting manufacturers to find something suitably retro for your floors, ceilings, and walls.
The importance of accessories should not be underestimated when it comes to putting together any design style. These flourishes help to authenticate the look you are going for and matter just as much as your furniture and decor. Retro wall clocks and mirrors, pop art, replica appliances – such as telephones and radios – make fantastic accompaniments to a retro-inspired space. Starting with a few accessories is also a good option if you’re not sure you want to take the full retro plunge just yet.