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Retro Revamp Inspo

One of the great things about retro design is that it can be customised to suit any taste. So, for example, if you love the colours of the 1970s, you can use them in your retro-inspired home. If you’re more into mid-century modern style, you can focus on incorporating furniture and décor from that era.

The possibilities are endless such as using vintage furniture or retro-inspired pieces, incorporating retro colours and patterns and even hanging vintage artwork,

When creating a retro-inspired home, one thing to remember is not to go overboard. Instead, it’s essential to balance retro and modern elements. For example, if you’re using retro colours, try pairing them with neutral shades like white or grey. Doing so will help create a more cohesive look.

Likewise, if you are incorporating vintage furniture, make sure it doesn’t dominate the space. Balance is key!

If you’re not sure how to get started with retro interior design, keep reading about how to give your home a retro revamp.

 

 

 

Colour Injection

One of the easiest ways to add a retro touch to your home is with colour. Whether you go for bold and bright hues or more muted shades, retro colours can really make a space pop. Some to consider are orange, yellow, green, pink, and blue.

Retro interior design is also about styling colours that you usually wouldn’t pair together, meaning there are endless combinations to choose from.

One way to find inspiration is by looking at vintage photographs or artworks. Doing so will give you a better idea of which colours were popular in different decades.

Another thing to keep in mind is that retro colours don’t have to be used in every space, and that’s the beauty of retro interior design. It is 100% customisable, and you can get as creative or minimal as you want.

Try using accent pieces instead if you’re not quite ready to commit to a retro colour scheme. This could be anything from a retro-inspired rug to a piece of art.

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Pattern Play

Another common element in retro interior design is pattern. Retro patterns often feature bold and graphic designs. Think geometric shapes, stripes, and polka dots.

Reminder: Do not go overboard. Too much pattern can be overwhelming and make a space look cluttered. Instead, try incorporating retro patterns into your décor in small doses.

For example, you could use retro-inspired towels in your bathroom, hang a retro-patterned curtain in your living room or add a retro patterned rug pretty much anywhere. How amazing does this rug look in this kitchen!

If you’re unsure where to start, try looking for retro-inspired fabrics and wallpaper, and make Pinterest your new best friend!

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Furniture Finds

Incorporating vintage furniture is another way to give your home a retro revamp. Vintage furniture can be found at thrift stores, antique shops, and even online.

When shopping for vintage furniture, it’s important to keep in mind the overall style of your home. For example, if you have a more modern home, you’ll want to look for vintage pieces that fit that style. On the other hand, mid-century modern furniture is an excellent option for those with a more retro aesthetic.

However, when shopping for vintage furniture, many find that quality and longevity can be issues. If this is the case, there are plenty of options for you to purchase vintage or retro-inspired furniture pieces brand new. Think mixed timber and metals, retro-styled upholstery, or fun and funky retro-inspired coloured side and console tables.

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Colour Injection

One of the easiest ways to add a retro touch to your home is with colour. Whether you go for bold and bright hues or more muted shades, retro colours can really make a space pop. Some to consider are orange, yellow, green, pink, and blue.

Retro interior design is also about styling colours that you usually wouldn’t pair together, meaning there are endless combinations to choose from.

One way to find inspiration is by looking at vintage photographs or artworks. Doing so will give you a better idea of which colours were popular in different decades.

Another thing to keep in mind is that retro colours don’t have to be used in every space, and that’s the beauty of retro interior design. It is 100% customisable, and you can get as creative or minimal as you want.

Try using accent pieces instead if you’re not quite ready to commit to a retro colour scheme. This could be anything from a retro-inspired rug to a piece of art.

Featured product available from Harvey Norman

STORE PROFILE

Pattern Play

Another common element in retro interior design is pattern. Retro patterns often feature bold and graphic designs. Think geometric shapes, stripes, and polka dots.

Reminder: Do not go overboard. Too much pattern can be overwhelming and make a space look cluttered. Instead, try incorporating retro patterns into your décor in small doses.

For example, you could use retro-inspired towels in your bathroom, hang a retro-patterned curtain in your living room or add a retro patterned rug pretty much anywhere. How amazing does this rug look in this kitchen!

If you’re unsure where to start, try looking for retro-inspired fabrics and wallpaper, and make Pinterest your new best friend!

Featured products available at Harvey Norman

STORE PROFILE

Furniture Finds

Incorporating vintage furniture is another way to give your home a retro revamp. Vintage furniture can be found at thrift stores, antique shops, and even online.

When shopping for vintage furniture, it’s important to keep in mind the overall style of your home. For example, if you have a more modern home, you’ll want to look for vintage pieces that fit that style. On the other hand, mid-century modern furniture is an excellent option for those with a more retro aesthetic.

However, when shopping for vintage furniture, many find that quality and longevity can be issues. If this is the case, there are plenty of options for you to purchase vintage or retro-inspired furniture pieces brand new. Think mixed timber and metals, retro-styled upholstery, or fun and funky retro-inspired coloured side and console tables.

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What Goes Around Comes Around

Heard the cliche ‘what goes around comes around’? It pretty much sums up the comeback of retro interior design and is a great way to add some personality to your home. Even the most modern home can add a touch (or a lot) of retro as they make a great combo when done well. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love the Smeg vintage look kitchen appliances!

When introducing retro colours, patterns, or furniture, it’s important to do so in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the space. Balance is key when it comes to retro interior design and remember when using furniture to create the look and feel you’re trying to achieve, it’s important to keep in mind the overall style of your home. So, if you have a more modern home, you’ll want to look for vintage pieces that fit that style and colour palette.

Incorporating vintage furniture is a great way to add character to your home. However, try not to get too carried away and make one purchase at a time to reduce the risk of going a little overboard with incorporating a new style.

Start small and see how you can gradually incorporate retro elements into your home. Before you know it, you’ll have the retro revamp of your dreams.

Happy styling!

  1. Alden Gold Cushion, $19. Harvey Norman
  2. Fanaway Industri Ceiling Fan In Orb With Brown Coloured Retractable Blades And Light, $449. Beacon Lighting
  3. Smeg 50’s Retro Style 2 Slice Toaster – Pink, $299. Harvey Norman
  4. Smeg 50’s Retro Style Variable Temperature Electric Kettle – Pastel Blue, $269. Harvey Norman
  5. Devon 1 Light Floor Lamp in Ebony, $199. Beacon Lighting\
  6. Saturn Bar Stool, $244. Harvey Norman
  7. Cheri 3 Light Pendant in Antique Brass, $179. Beacon Lighting

Style tip:

When creating a retro-inspired home, one thing to remember is not to go overboard.