Have you ever watched a movie from the ‘50s or ‘60s and thought “Wow, that’s a cool house!”, but then remembered that every furniture store is still stuck on the Scandi scene? Well count your lucky stars because not only is retro coming back, it’s now the latest trend in interior design.
From conversation pits to jewel tones, retro has made its comeback, and it’s here to stay… well, until the next trend comes along.
Have A Party With These Conversation Pits
Have you ever watched the 1968 classic film The Party and enviously wanted a conversation pit and a giant fireplace for your own? Same. It seems that conversation pits are coming back into fashion; an intimate way to spend time with friends and family, or a great place to throw a party. With enough space and time, you can create your own conversation pit, and soon you’ll be the biggest name on the street. Louise Dammer, from Dammer Interiors, predicts that conversation pits are the next big thing, ‘My prediction is I see the ‘conversation pit’ of this era making a big come back watch this space! ‘Conversation pits’ are in built lounge areas below floor level that is part of the room. Give an intimate conversation space yet still part of a room. Very Groovy! Looks great in a minimalist or modern home.” she says. With some tools and equipment, you can easily whip one of these beauties out! Cool and suave, this trend should have never gone away; they’re just too fun! For more tips from Louise, you can follow her on Instagram.
Grab Your Crown With Some Jewel Tones
Vibrant and fun, jewel tones are all the rage again. Prepare to see purples, blues and greens engulf your interiors. This 1940s trend is timeless, creating a rich and expensive atmosphere in any home. Scatter cushions, throws and invest in a jewel tone chair or couch for your home and garden, and you can combine trends from decades past and 2017’s future! Add a touch of 2017 into this retro trend with neutral surroundings, and a statement piece of furniture, such as an emerald green couch or a navy blue bedspread. Luckily, this year’s trends are proving to be that of rich, vibrant colours, so you can have some serious fun with this one!
Keen As Mustard
Not to jump the gun here, but there’s a rumour that yellow is the next big thing. If your head is exploding with all of these trends, you’re not the only one; however you can combine a retro vibe into your home whilst staying completely on trend, and that’s with mustard yellow. Big in the ‘60s and ‘70s, this colour is full of life and rich in depth. If you’re trying to repress the decor from that period out of your life, you can incorporate the colour, but not the patterns into your home. In your current decor, you can easily throw in a statement mustard chair, which is easy to combine with jewel tones (see, I told you they’re trendy). It’s easy to upgrade retro styles and colours into the 21st century, all you have to do is think outside the box.
Pretty Picky Pastel Problems
Although soft pastels are still all the rage with interior trends, it may be a good idea to steer clear from them when decorating your home in a retro vibe. Claire Lopez from Calmnest Property Styling says “Brightly coloured walls and loud wallpaper, over the top light shades, converted garages, floating boards are in - carpet is outdated, stay away from pastel pink and mint green, not only do these colours scream ‘80s, they also aren't everyone's cup of tea.” The line between tasteful and tacky is a fine one, but with a bit of guidance and some effort, you can push past the outdated styles and keep your home looking trendy, yet retro. You can find more tips and tricks from Claire on her Facebook.
The Fine Line Between Retro And Dated
When it comes to retro style, it’s all about keeping it modern. You can always find a way to look like you’ve stepped back in time, without making the decor seem dated. Although there is a fine line between the two, there are multiple ways to keep on trend whilst maintaining a throwback. Grab your record player, stick on an EP and fall back in love with the past.