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Decorating Ideas

5 Retro Design Trends to Resurrect in 2015

Ari 8/09/2015

Fashion is cyclical and in 2015 designers looked to the past with a sense of nostalgia, reconsidering trends which ten years ago might have made us cringe. But this retrospective inspiration has more than proved its worth and the design world is now besotted with taking 20th century trends and giving them a 21st century makeover. Here are five trends which have been resurrected from decades past to take pride of place in modern interiors.

Atomic Age Interiors:
The 1950s and 60ies a time where space age living was all the rage. Space race was at its height, The Jetsons were on TV, and everyone thought they would be living on Mars in 50 years’ time. Interior design reflected this intergalactic obsession with aerodynamic furniture, atomic colours, and space subjects and symbol becoming all the rage. The simple lines and striking colours which characterised this age have enjoyed a renaissance with Eames style furnishings and futuristic colour palettes being used as accents in modern interiors.

Macramé Planters:
Macramé was a huge trend in the 1970s and this earthy weaving technique was used to make everything from wall hangings to mini shorts. The modern interpretation of this look involves using vibrant synthetic fibres to create planters or striking wall hangings which are used as the focal point in an otherwise minimalist, monochrome interior. Making your own macramé pot hangers is an easy way to add some colour into a room.

Loud Wallpaper:
Although interior design the latter part of the 20th century favoured plain painted walls, ostentatious wallpaper formed an integral part of many design trends in the decades prior. The intricate floral designs of the early 1900s, to the space age abstract prints of the 1950s and even the bright geometric trends of the 1970s are all back in trend and definitely worth giving a go if you’re looking to add some character in a room.

Bean Bags:
When it was invented in the late 1960s, the bean bag quickly became a symbol of the free love counterculture aesthetic sweeping the globe and why not? They’re comfortable, portable, and affordable. The modern interpretation of this trend is generally monochrome with a number of designers taking the basic idea of the beanbag and adding structure to achieve more of a chair shape.

Coloured Appliances:
Colourful fridges, mixers, dishwashers, and kettles were all the rage in the 1970s and they’re back in fashion again with brands like Smeg and Kitchenaid proving bubblegum pink, cherry red, and mint coloured appliances can be just as chic as chrome.


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