How to Add Retro-Inspired Style to Your Home

Getting with the times doesn’t always mean staying with the times. Make your home feel Retro with these unique ideas.

The saying that everything comes back into style is an understatement. Not only does everything come back into fashion, but it often makes more than one reappearance. Many influencers and celebrities have been adding retro pieces back into their home, if you notice today. Why?

Modern is great. However, let’s not forget where we come from. Nostalgia plays a huge part in our psyche & it feels great to see things that connect us to our past. Adding in some retro pieces to a modern home creates charm and uniqueness. Throwing in decor from different eras is actually a secret specialty of some of the greatest interior designers. Try it out for yourself!

Retro is a very open term. However, we will be exploring decor from the 1950s to the 1970s. Remember that these are not “classic” or “timeless” pieces. They are quite the opposite. Retro is when specific ideas, styles, and pieces come from that time frame. I hate to sound biased, but that’s when interior design was at an all-time high, in my opinion. This is because designing in retro was all about expression and letting go of the norms with bright colors, wild designs, and flair. Retro meant going over the top. So, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

When considering retro for your next design moments, think of pops of color, vintage patterns, abstract furniture, bold textures & lighting, and many personalities. When thinking retro, let go of all those minimalistic ideas that we, unfortunately, have introduced into our lives. It’s time to express your charm at home! Go hard or go home, people.

Some retro-inspired furniture and décor include:

Furnishings

The Sofa

Retro sofa’s are typically broad & elongated. They can be fun in color or neutral. If you opt with neutral, make sure to incorporate a splash of color with pillows and throws. Try to look into leather and velvet sectional sofas with deep colors. Retro begs for abstract color and texture!

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Flared Desk

In order to capture retro in the office, add some FLARE to your desk.

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Sleek Lighting

There are so many great retro lighting options. When it comes to floor lamps, try looking for arcing lamps. When it comes to table lamps, look into the mushroom style.

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Tapered Accent Chair

There is literally no better way to dress up a room than with an amazing accent chair. Luckily, retro accent chairs are in – and basically every accent chair you see nowadays are inspired from retro.

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Platform Bed

In retro bedrooms, we will always find a lifted, platform bed. Platform beds are still trending now for their function and abstract style, opposing a modern bed with no platform and low to the ground foundation.

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Sideboard Console & TV Stand

Just as TV was a big deal during this period, so to was the sideboard table. Our sideboard tables now are directly inspired from this period.

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Geometrical Coffee Table & End Tables

When it comes to the coffee & end tables, the weirder & more abstract the shape, the more retro it appears. Just make sure there’s symmetry and geometry going on.

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The Dining Table

Just like everything else, to obtain the retro feel for your dining table, think shapes & abstract.

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Retro Refrigerator

If you want to commit to the retro, you need the fridge. You know what I’m talkin’ about.

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Retro Décor

Record Player

If you don’t have a record player, this is your sign. Just make sure they are a well known brand because some random, cheaper ones you find are the ones that sound horrible. Record players are definitely an investment piece.

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Kitschy Wallpaper

Colors! Funk! Weird! Shapes!

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Retro Toys

Toys can be décor too! Especially if they are from some of the trippiest times in history.

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Retro Pillows + Throws

Where comfy meets art deco.

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Wall Posters

Retro design also goes by the name “modern retro”, excels at giving the viewer a feeling of nostalgia. More specifically, it tends to focus on designs from the eras of the 60s and 70s, though there are “niche” genres of retro design that are stirred by other decades, from the 20s (art deco) to the 90s (blues, pinks, mint greens, and blocky shapes in arrangements that are best described as “unconventionally attractive”).

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Retro Kitchen Things

Kitchen items serve many purposes. People tend to ignore looks for function. But why? You can have a stylish kitchen that cooks well & looks even better.

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Retro Mirrors

Mirrors should hang with an open framework, balance, and simplicity of geometric forms.

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Last but not least, “Frankie says relax!”

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