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Oh So Retro!

What does retro mean? These days retro seems to have lost it’s meaning. It actually refers to the time between the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s where people were being experimental with colours and patterns after the war years.

Retro - Living Room

Today, we take a look at how you can inject some retro into your home…

We aren’t suggesting that you go all ‘Disco Inferno’ and have a mirrored ball hanging from your ceiling. The effects can be toned down to give an ultra sophisticated look.

This bold style when executed with confidence can be adapted to enhance your home. Here’s our tips to perfecting this timeless décor:

Retro - Turquoise

Retro - Brown and Orange

Think bold. Think patterns. Combinations of turquoise, mint green, mustard yellow and the classic orange and brown were all popular in this era and can be transformed to suit your modern day home.

Retro - Bold on Plain

Retro - Telephones

Retro - Clock

Accessorise a plain room with brightly coloured, vintage objects that can easily be picked up at car boot sales, shops or online. Picking up pieces that need renovation can be fun – for some ideas on up-cycling check out Brand Old You.

Retro - Lamp

The lava lamp was a common lighting fixture but take the time to look for more interesting shapes that emphasise the retro look. Have some fun with it!

Retro - Table and Chairs

Use the materials of the era such as leather, chrome and lacquered finishes to offer statement pieces or complement the bright, patterned wall decoration.

Before planning a room conduct research on what colour themes and objects you want to use so you don’t end up with a menagerie of clashing colours and patterns.

There isn’t a strict set of rules that need to be followed, which is why creating a retro home is so much fun.