Retro style takes the old, adds some modern flavour, dips it into a vivid palette of colours and throws in textures and patterns to get a surprisingly cozy and cheerful combo. Retro is fond of variety, so feel free to mix wooden elements with plastic, glass or metal. It favours intense colours, so make sure your interior’s colour palette includes red, pink, avocado green, mustard yellow or vivid mint and balance this intensity with a pastel or neutral background. Geometric patterns and graphic prints are yet another trait of the retro style - stripes, diamond shapes, blurred lines, etc. on mural wallpapers, wall art prints, carpets, blankets, upholstery or throws, and cushions, will hit the spot. The retro look will not be complete without a fair amount of decorations and accessories, preferably old and with history - your grandma’s radio, an inherited flower vase, an old mirror in an ornamented frame, a vintage jewelry box, etc. Simply be bold and play with colours and textures to create a space that reflects your remarkable self.
A retro style living room with a bottle green sofa as a focus point of the interior. Another grey sofa with a flower pattern, an oval coffee table with a shiny chrome top and an old-school floor lamp on a wooden base complete the look.

Retro Living Room

Retro style living room is to take you back to your favourite XX century interior design period, whatever it may be. And although certain elements might differ depending on the era you choose to follow, there is a common element that retro style likes to focus on - a comfortable sofa as a centrepiece of the decor. Go for tufted upholstery in vivid colours, like green or red, which will surely steal the attention, with the velvety fabrics adding a cozy look. Complement your lounge spot with upholstered armchairs not necessarily reflecting the aesthetics of the sofa - retro style loves diversity. The same goes for other furniture - an oak colour of the TV stand will look great with a coffee table with metal and glass elements. Use mural wallpapers and room dividers to introduce more patterns to the living room. Don’t be afraid to experiment - mixing materials and patterns is exactly what retro style is after. Throw in an atmospheric floor lamp with tassels or an intense plastic shade pendant lamp, display your grandma’s vase, add a quirky wall clock, and some cult poster. Now you can sit back and admire the view!

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Retro Dining Room

When arranging a retro style dining room, don’t be afraid of playing with materials, colours, and patterns - mix plastic with metal, create a happy pair of avocado green and red, blend stripes with circles. Complement your large wooden dining table table with dining chairs, but don’t be a purist as regards their aesthetics - a combo of wooden rustic chairs next to patterned upholstered ones and plastic seats in vivid colours, will nicely reflect the spirit of the retro style. The effect will be even more visible if you add some atmospheric decorations - a mint wall clock, wooden trays, wicker baskets, brass candle holders, a metallic sconce and an eye-catching red pendant light above the dining table. A mural wallpaper in black and white stripes or with a brick wall pattern will add a final touch to the whole retro decor.

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Did you know?

The Latin word ‘retro’, that could be translated as ‘back’ or ‘backward’, was first applied to fashion, to denote designs that drew on earlier time periods. All that was thought to be old-fashioned and outdated suddenly gained an appreciation and started to be considered as timeless and classic. As regards interior design, the term became especially popular in the 1960s, when London shops started to sell second-hand furniture, accessories, and everyday objects from different eras, as an alternative to expensive ‘real-value’ antiques. Nowadays, the designers and artists from all fields, from clothes and shoes to electronics, cars, and music, look for inspirations in the most popular and iconic designs of the styles from the recent past.

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A cozy bedroom in retro style  with a metal frame bed, a black wooden nightstand on fancy legs, table lamps with fabric lamp shades and a black and white framed poster.

Retro Bedroom

A retro bedroom is meant to be cozy, it’s decor bringing a heart-warming feel of nostalgia and reminiscence of times that have some positive connotations for you, be it your happy childhood or the era of your favourite music or film genre. Having placed the most important element of the bedroom - a comfy bed, preferably king-size, a canopy welcome - in the centre of the room, along with a functional nightstand with a fancy table lamp and a stylish dresser, you can focus on the decorations. Employ mural wallpapers with flowery or geometric patterns, photo frames with old sepia photographs, an atmospheric wooden wall clock and a round mirror on a chain, maybe a cult movie poster or a canvas print. Throw in a room divider with a motif matching to the whole style convention and compulsory bed throws and cushions in bold vivid colours to emphasize the retro esthetics.

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Expert's advice

Do you love the Beatles and everything from the 60s? Are you a ‘Back to the future’ fan who still lives in the 80s? Whatever past era excites you, the retro style will provide you with the pointers on how to introduce elements of your favourite time period into your living space and stylishly infuse it with the spirit of the past. The secret here lies mostly in the decorations - mural wallpapers, posters, prints of the era - and splashes of bold colours, yellow lampshades, red bed throws, patterned carpets and cushions, etc. As for furniture itself, the retro style gives you freedom, with an inclination towards most emblematic, interesting shapes and characterful pieces that stand out from the crowd. Arranging your home in retro style allows you to bring back the past in its most attractive form.

A living room in the retro style with an elegant wooden coffee table and a designer vase. Blue is the dominant colour. A blue chair and throw pillows are complemented by mural wallpapers - partly brick wall, partly a blue wooden fence.

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