Retro and throwback design is back in! Although this style circles back into popular design every five to ten years, the era it models itself after is always changing. Lately, the 1920s and 1970s have been having their moment in the sun, with design elements from both of these shining in many home decorating shows and magazines. If you’re not sure how to incorporate these into your home, but you want the look, here are some motifs you can add to any home to make them a little more flashy.
For The Kitchen
It’s so simple to use throwback styles in your kitchen! Instead of trying to find old appliances or knock-offs that don’t have enough room to cool or cook a chicken, much less a full meal- you can instead turn to the details. Which type of tile and which wall colors you pick can directly inject some throwback flavor. In your kitchen, also look at the finishings on your cabinets. You can make something feel more 1920s by using classic knobs from that era, or at least some styled look like it!
For The Bathroom
Your bathroom is something you want to keep updated. The best way to make a bathroom look 1920s is to use a lot of white, a lot of porcelain, and many silver accents. You can use a fun 1920s pattern for your shower curtain and pick rugs and bath mats that match this look! For the 1970s, the style was a little more modernist and experimental, so think about bolder colors and shaggier rugs.
For Your Living Room
Your living room is the most effortless room to make this happen! Look into what kind of throwback motifs you like, and think about how they’ll fit in this room. For living rooms, the most accessible place to make this shine is in lighting and furniture. With bubble lighting and rounded chairs, you can turn your living room into a 1970s dream! If, instead, you like the 1980s, you could go for brighter colors and edgier, almost experimental looking furniture. Don’t let it stop there, to push this idea further you should think about the texture of things like rugs and couches, and what kind of trinkets and paintings you’d like on your walls!
The Dining Room
A dining room can be easily pushed over the line into authentic instead of just inspired by adding in details like retro dishes, table cloths, and furniture- all of which can be found inexpensively on sites like Etsy or eBay. You don’t have to start looking at Las Vegas houses for sale to gamble on trying to afford these updates. Instead, think about affordable changes that can pull off the feeling you’re trying to bring through.
If you ever get lost or overwhelmed by all of the incredible throwback designs out there- consider buying a magazine or circular from that time and flipping through it for inspiration. You may find a room that you want to replicate entirely- if that’s the case, go for it! You deserve a space that will make you happy!
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