Retro Color Palettes

Retro Color Palettes

# Retro color palettes can make a room feel outdated when paired with vintage furniture. Put your favorite retro color with your favorite modern color. Instead of using avocado green and orange try orange and bright white or avocado and brown. Paint will freshen up a vintage look and add a personal touch to the room.
# Wallpaper was popular in vintage design. Think outside the basic floral patterns. Prime the walls properly so you can easily remove the paper when you want a change. Use a graphic paper with an art deco design or damask print on a wall to create a focal point.
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Retro Vintage Decorating Ideas Vintage Accessories

Retro Vintage Decorating Ideas Vintage Accessories

Retro Vintage Accessories
Use old items in new ways. Records make unique wall art, with or without the album cover. Sew vintage
handkerchiefs into a patchwork tablecloth. Turn old postcards or letters into collages. Reframe vintage artwork or posters to give it new life. Preserve the pieces by using acid free materials. Rewire vintage lamps and give the
pieces a new lampshade for a custom piece. Vintage cameras can accessorize a bookshelf. Place a retro dress form in a sewing or living room for a distinct conversation piece.
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Retro Vintage Decorating Ideas Modern Conveniences

Retro Interior Vintage Decorating Ideas Modern Conveniences

Modern Conveniences
You might want a vintage look while maintaining modern conveniences. Place a buffet or credenza underneath a modern flat screen TV to lend a retro flair. The buffet can house video equipment and DVDS. Retro kitchen appliances often came in colors such as avocado green and harvest gold yellow. These colors can be difficult to find on new appliances. Your cabinet maker can install cupboard doors over certain appliances so they disappear.
Retro Interior design

Retro Interior Vintage Decorating Ideas Vintage Furniture

Retro Interior Vintage Decorating Ideas Vintage Furniture

Vintage Furniture
Furniture designers base modern furniture off of vintage pieces. Get the real thing for less money by going to
thrift stores or garage sales. For decor styles from the 1930s and 1940s, go with wood pieces with carvings and inlay. You may have trouble finding a couch from these eras that are in good condition. Mix your existing sofa in with vintage pieces. Concentrate on finding end tables, bedroom sets and dining room furniture in vintage shops.
Vintage decorating also works if you've inherited pieces from relatives because you can incorporate family heirlooms into the overall design. Use a vintage sewing machine table as a desk. Furniture from the 1960s and 1970s includes plastic and metal pieces with modern lines.
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Retro 1950s

Retro Interior Design 1950s

Step 1

Paint your bedroom walls in pastel shades, and buy a blond bedroom set. The more pieces, the better. Install
1950s-style perforated wall-sconce lamps on each side of the bed (see Resources below). Hang a sunburst (a type of metal sculpture common in the 1950s) on the wall above the bed.

Step 2

Put a chenille bedspread on the bed. Beds in the 1950s usually had only two pillows, which were laid flat. Shop for a round or square white corduroy or silk-covered pillow in a jewel tone, and lay it tilted upward between the two other pillows.

Step 3

Hang two-layer curtains in pastel colors. The inner part should be voile, the outer part in a heavier, coordinating drapery fabric.

Step 4

Find a 1950s-style boxy "slipper chair" covered in yellow, aqua or green leather, and place it in the corner.