How to Add Retro Style Interior Design Elements to Your Home


A living room with a leather chair

The best way to identify the retro style interior design is probably by its bold, energetic sense, bright colors, low set furniture and outright rejection of everything mundane or boring. No matter what its impressive shapes, retro furniture really is highly functional, comfortable, durable and highly practical. The kind of designs people usually associate with the retro look are those associated with Hollywood movies of the 1970’s. However, these days retro design can be applied in almost any room in your home.

Retro Style Interior Design Elements

A room filled with furniture and vase on a table

The retro style interior design can also be applied in a living room if you take a good look around. In this room you have to think very creatively about how you can use the free space available to fit the pieces you want. One of the main things to remember when fitting retro style furniture in your living room is that it has to fit in with the other pieces of decor already existing. You don’t want to end up looking like the movie character Cheers!

One of the main retro style interior design characteristics is the use of curved shapes. Caster corners and box shapes are quite popular. You could make these shapes match your modern decor perfectly by choosing a similar color scheme and using similar textures like wood. You could go for ultra modern flat surface tables which would match most modern day flat surfaces and would fit well with any other retro style decor.

Another important characteristic of this retro style interior design style is the use of bright colors. You should think about using bright, fiery colors for the walls. You should choose such colors that stimulate your sense of sight and that make your room feel vibrant and alive. Make sure that you choose neutral colors for flooring, tablecloths and window dressings. This will allow you to further contrast the bright colors against dark, heavy wall coverings and furniture.

Another useful aspect of this retro style interior design style is the use of orange. Orange is an excellent choice for contrasting against dark colored walls and furniture. For example, you could paint one wall of your room in orange and then paint the opposite wall a light shade of the same color. This would give your room an interesting border effect. You should also use a bright shade of orange on your bathroom mats, shower curtain and wall tiles.

If you are thinking about redecorating, you should take into consideration the fact that a lot of people prefer a retro look to that of a contemporary style. Therefore, if you decide on redecorating your sitting room, you should think about including a retro-vintage element into the decorating scheme. You can do so by painting your walls a pale shade of red and choosing soft rugs for seating areas.

One of the best retro style elements you can incorporate into a design is the retro lighting. In particular, you should use lava lamps which have an old world charm about them. These lamps have a long history of being produced in the US in the 19th century. Since they are so easily recognizable from their chunky, globe shaped base and the many different shapes they come in (like an octagon, a rectangle, a square, and even a pyramidal shape), they lend themselves perfectly to retro lighting. You should choose different shades for different areas of your home to provide varying levels of light.

End Note

A vase of flowers sitting on top of a wooden table

As well as using retro style interior design elements like retro lighting and orange color schemes, you should also try and create a very homely environment with lots of natural lighting. This way, it will be easier for you to achieve a retro atmosphere. To do so, choose lighting that has a warm and comforting quality to it. For instance, you should install a dimmer switch so that you can adjust the amount of light you want in a room and get a more cozy feel to it.

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