The Basics of Retro Interior Design

The Basics of Retro Interior Design

Two of the best ways to bring retro looks into your decorating scheme are through colors and appliances:

Retro Color

Think of the homes of the mid 20th century – what colors come to mind? Avocado green springs to mind first for most people, and adding this color to your d├ęcor is one of the quickest ways to create a basis for your retro look. Also look for mustard yellow, orange, brown and aqua. Forget the kneejerk reaction some people have against these colors – they can be used to great affect in a retro style home and really pull your look together.

Retro Applicances

When it comes to appliances, shape, material and colors matter. During the 50s and 60s especially, round edges were de rigeur for appliances. For a good example, check out retro style Smeg refrigerators. Look for these rounded edges on all of your appliances – you can carry this theme through to your furniture as well. When it comes to materials and colors, chrome is the order of the day. Chrome fridges, countertops, tables, stovetops – as much as you like. If you want to change things up a little bit, swap a few of the chrome appliances for ones that are in the colors of the time period – an avocado stovetop or a mustard yellow dishwasher will also look great.

Other retro inspired design pieces that will bring your look to life include:

* shag carpeting
* round lampshades
* black and white/black, white and red tiles
* bean bag chairs
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