From among a thousand themes available for redecorating your home, ‘retro’ is one theme that is chosen by a very few homeowners, especially by those who have an eye for detail and keep sophistication on top of their list. It is an ode to the bygone eras and incorporates everything from color palette to the old-style funk.
Before starting out on a redecoration project for retro look, you must know these basics:
The perfect retro look can be achieved not with boring colors but with some saturated punches at certain places. Shades of mint, tricycle red, blue-grey and brown seem to be the best for this theme. If you have a clear idea about which era is your home going to represent, you can choose the color punches accordingly. For example, a mid-century look can be achieved by painting one wall in faded mint and placing contemporary decor items in front of it. If you have a rented apartment, it is possible that the furniture is outdated and the cupboards lack finishes. So, instead of fixing those, you can give the home a retro look which will own all the outdated stuff.
Interior decorators nowadays are offering a complete makeover according to the era you want. However, what we feel is that your home shouldn’t belong to that time but just be notably retro. You shouldn’t stick to a particular period of time in the past. Instead, make a statement with a 70’s sofa set or a centerpiece and the other furniture can be from the modern times contradicting the theme and adding more life to it.
For finding unique furniture for your retro theme, hit the flea market or online auctions for older furniture. You might not find a traditional coffee table at a store, but surely at the auction. Cocktail shakers, gramophone and barware will also adorn your theme.
Panels and beadboards are very popular in retro themes. So you can use them wisely in order to get that old-era touch. It speaks of the Victorian times and can be easily incorporated in your home. Entryways and hallways are the best places to try this look. It generates a visual interest among the guests when paired with cool wallpapers.
The right lighting can create an ambience almost immediately. To give your home a retro upgrade, vintage lights, chandeliers, industrial pendants go a long way. You also have to choose the light-bulbs wisely for a perfect match.
After you are done with the above five steps, sit in that rocking chair under a dim light and take in the retro theme, sip by sip.