Retro Comeback


Every twenty to thirty years, the world of design sees a comeback. When this happens, styles that were once considered trendy re-enter the design realm in slightly better ways, whether it’s the way colors and patterns are used or the way furniture uses old materials or finishes to take on a new and exciting form.

Retro is defined as any style that mimics design from the recent past. In this case, we’re talking about the interior design of the 1960’s and 70’s as seen in the interior design trends of today. Whether you’re a fan of the clean, sleek lines of 1960’s furnishings or more fond of the chunky, whimsical patterns the 1970’s brought us, I’ll show you how you can bring the retro trend into your home decor!

  • Color. The bright colors of the past are shining into the future of home design! The vibrant colors of the 60’s and 70’s have certainly made a comeback. Retro style relies heavily on bold colors like avocado greens, burnt oranges, and vibrant yellows. When paired with neutral shades of brown or gray, they work exceptionally well, whether it’s an accent rug, window treatments, or upholstery. If you’re using patterns, try to marry patterns from a similar color scheme to avoid making the room look scattered.
  • Texture. We can’t talk retro design without discussing fun and funky texture. Plush, fur accessories were extremely popular during these decades. Add authenticity to your retro vibe by incorporating these textures. Think faux fur throw pillows and blankets or shag rugs. Chenille is another popular retro texture that’s making a comeback. This caterpillar-like look is commonly used as furniture upholstery. If you’re looking for more of a bold pattern, play with mushroom, floral, or geometric prints. They work best on bedspreads and window treatments.
  • Lucite. Lucite is the ultimate neutral of the design world. Lucite items work well when mixing and matching patterns, and can create a glamorous look when paired with metallic colors like brass and silver. Clear Lucite tables and chairs are easily incorporated into any existing style that you might have, whether it’s a traditional dining room or a mod loft. You can find a variety of pieces made of Lucite, from tables and chairs to bookshelves and side tables. Pair these furnishings with retro flea-market finds, like geometric prints or elegant metal table lamps. These items work best in smaller spaces, like entryways or small apartments. Their transparent features give it a minimal visual footprint, allowing it to virtually blend into your home design.
  • Barcelona Chairs. The look was designed by Mies van der Rohe, a man who said designing skyscrapers would be an easier feat than designing a chair. His design was heavily influenced by the folding chairs of Spanish royalty. You can bring that same regality into your home with a Barcelona chair. Use one as an accent piece in a study, den, or basement, or install them as your main seating in a living room or office space. They help to create a welcoming atmosphere, and can easily be dressed up or down with throw pillows or interesting carpet designs. Like Lucite, Barcelona chairs work well in a variety of designs, from eclectic rooms to contemporary penthouses.

Incorporate retro trends into your interior design. Call me today to find out how!

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