by Giorgina Devereaux
Retro decorating refers
to old fashioned, or old
and functioning like something that is timeless or considered a
The home style of Retro decorating and furniture deeply relies on
accessories and choosing the right ones to give it a fun and funky look.
living room, you can
include a black leather sofa with tufted seat tops and legs finished in
a brown stain.
You can also add a leather chair that features a wrap
around back with molded sides with the seat forming from the back
though the center and is completely padded.
Retro furniture pieces for the
kitchen, for instance, include dinette sets, with an oval red cracked
ice table that has chrome insert banding, and chrome chairs upholstered
in yellow, red, and cracked ice vinyl.
Also, a vintage wooden style
table with an enamel top will work perfectly in the kitchen.
can spruce up your furniture and cabinets with glass knobs because they
add an authentic vintage look.
For cabinets painted in white, you can
install the green glass knobs for a nice contrast.
way to add appealing charm
to your walls is by painting the walls in a cream and green, red and
white, or pink and blue color scheme.
Through the use of wall
art, you can enhance the overall look. This is a great way to show off
your vintage finds by displaying collectibles on shelves or hanging
them on the wall as a group.
A tip when hanging art pieces is to keep
the center of the artwork at eye level.
Furthermore, you might want to
consider using vintage tile on the walls or painting in vintage colors
to help accentuate other decorative items.
flooring, you can install
linoleum in a checkerboard pattern for a retro feel.
Another option is
to use throw rugs to add color to the floor, which help tie the
helps transform the
ambiance in the room.
To achieve that authentic retro look, you can buy
vintage ceiling lights, vintage desk and table lamps, and wall sconces
in plastic or in an enameled metal. You can choose from sputnik lamps,
along with other lamps in a variety of colors, which includes yellow,
red, and orange, just to name a few.
accessories are essential to bringing your Retro decorating look together. Try to
focus on finding items that match your particular color theme.
kitchen, stainless steel containers and breadboxes are a good choice,
as well as patterns, such as cherries, solid pink, and powder blue.
Also vintage plates, tablecloths, and dish towels make interesting
pieces. If you are having difficulty tying that refrigerator or stove
into this look, consider purchasing ones reproduced with today’s
technology in the original appearance.
Other accessories that can be
- classic pedal cars inspired from the 1940’s and 50’s
- replica jukeboxes
- Double Bubble clocks
- cocktail clocks
- orb clocks
- Coke machines
- car hop
- oil signs
- metal laundry soap bins (for a taste of laundry room nostalgia)
pillows are another
fabulous decorative accessory because they add a nice touch to any
room. You can purchase pillows that are made in a retro fabric design.
window treatments, consider
the use of vintage barkcloth that comes in complementary colors and great
patterns. This will definitely add drama to your room.
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