The retro look has become extremely popular in recent years, with fashion that hails from the 50s,
60s, and 70s exploding back into our lives. However, lovers of the retro look don’t just have to limit
themselves to the world of fashion. You can also create an eye catching retro look for your home by
making use of iconic furniture, crazy colours and eye catching patterns.
The first thing that you need to do when creating a retro look for your home is to pick an era. Any era
can work well with a little creativity and imagination, but it is best to stick to one particular era in a
certain room rather than trying to mix and match different eras. For example, a room that is decorated
solely in sixties chic can look extremely stylish, while trying to add in elements from the 70s will only
confuse the look.
When designing your own retro look, it is worth doing a little research into the most popular styles,
fabrics and patterns of the era that you want to recreate. Even if you simply want to use them as a
guide, books and websites dedicated to the retro style can really help to inspire you.
After you have decided on the look that you are going for, it is time to start shopping. Picking up retro
furniture such as recliner sofas is a great way to create an authentic and striking look. However, you
don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture to make your room look great. Many charity shops stock an
excellent selection of retro and vintage furniture, while flea markets are also great places to browse
for bargains. Alternatively, you can customise the furniture that you already have by adding retro print
sofa and armchair covers, scatter cushions and tablecloths. Attaching a tassel trip to the edges of
your sofa and armchairs can also create an interesting retro effect.
Dare to be different and opt for fabrics that feature bright colours in large, bold patterns. Wallpaper
bearing large circular designs looks great, especially if you are recreating the colourful look for the
sixties. The great thing about using large, bold patterns on your walls is that it can really tie the room
together, especially if you have several pieces of plainer furniture and ornaments in the same basic
Brightly colored lamps and rugs in retro styles are also very effective in creating the perfect look. Opt
for items with large geometric patterns that either carefully match or cleverly contrast with the colours
of your furnishing. Adding vases and picture frames in similar styles and colours add an extra unified
layer to your retro look.
Search for paintings and prints that reflect the era that you are recreating. Many artists have recently
turned their attention to creating work that reflects the mood of the 60s and 70s. Alternatively, search
for pictures on the internet that portray important events that took place in your era of choice. Print
them out on high quality photograph paper and set them into your choice of frames. These are just a few simple ways to transform your room without breaking the bank.