Nostalgia for an epoch of certain interior decorating techniques is what we call Retro style sometimes. But is it? How this style is different from other decorating styles, when it emerged, what is it's gem and what are the ways to bring it back home? Let's find out together.
History of Retro style
In designer's world retro style is considered to consist of several styles. There reason for this is that some treat it like a technique of decorating interiors in time spirit of 1950-70's. Others suppose that retro style had been forming through out all 20th century, and this is why it is so versatile, so different.
You can experiment and improvise with no fear, due to this fact. Use and combine fascinating decorative constructions, materials, colors, textures, based on tendencies and style of the past - as a result you will achieve a perfect result in retro style interior decoration!
Mood of retro style
You can hear notes of country style here, by looking at aged furniture, rough plastered walls, painted pale light colors, old fashioned rugs and carpets, grandma's lamp shades, etc.
But still, retro and country styles differ a lot. First of all, retro is an urban style. And for that time only ultra modern and fashionable furniture and decorative elements were used.
Besides that, retro style differs by a colorful palette, it's vitality, unusual constructions and forms. It is far away from being peaceful and calm. It is opposite - loud, screaming, weird moods in interior.
Colors of retro style
The easiest way to add elements of retro style to your interior is to use common colors of the style:
- bright and contrast matching: white and red, black and white, black and red, black and yellow, etc.
- acid tones of bright colors: avocado color, mustard-yellow, purple-pink, deep blue, bright orange, etc.
- soft, tender, dim tones for the background: blue-gray, grey-pink, pale purple.
These colors highlight the famous patterns of retro style: cell, pattern "eastern cucumber".
Materials of retro style
Retro style offers to us a variety of decorative techniques as well as materials and textiles. Hardwood flooring, marble, decorative plaster with waxing, velvet upholstering.
We remember that 50-70's of 20th century opened a lot of new, never known before hand made materials: vinyl, plastic, synthetic fabric.
There is no surprise, that interiors decorated with bright synthetic fabric, plastic decorating element, polyester upholstering considered a modern and stylish.
Flooring and walls
The trend to use decoration elements with unusually bright tones led to using ceramic and vinyl tiles for flooring finish. Tiles were put in chess order as well as randomly, without any consideration of color unity.
Hardwood floors were decorated by colorful carpets and rugs. There is no need to look for flooring finish materials of that epoch to create an interior in retro style.
As we would do with furniture. There is a vast selection of ceramic tiles, carpets of proper palette, laminate flooring is presented nowadays.
The walls can be plastered and painted in light tones; bright pattern wallpapers can be used as well.
Retro style furniture is characterized by it's solidness, usability, functional qualities. Furniture of different types, colors and collections is used to find it's place in a retro style interior.
Pay attention to wide long sofas with soft upholstery, original shape coffee tables, tall bookcases with many shelves, plastic chairs, bar stools, "palm"-like armchairs.
Furniture of that period is characterized by wood polished elements, wooden elements in armchairs.
If you have a piece of furniture like this, wipe dust down, polish it's wooden parts, paint it or apply an avant-garde pattern, geometrical figures, stripes of different tones and colors or even a floral pattern.
There is no limit in the amount of accessories unlike in minimalistic style.
Vases and water pitchers made of thick colored glass, mirrors framed in old fashioned, vintage manner.
Sculptures, statues and art work is inclined towards abstract.
Modern chrome house ware can add fresh accents in retro style interior.
Typical lighting fixtures for a retro interior would be textile floor and table lamps, decorated with dangling brushes.
Wire can be visible and run right along a wall, that would be a perfect design element in retro style.
Retro style can combine al kinds of lighting, as well as modern LED lighting.
The ceiling was out of focus in interior and that is why it was simply painted white. Nowadays there are many more ways to add accents to an interior.
That would make an interior bright, add more personality. You can choose the finish from many types of texture, colors, shapes.
Never seen before technologies make it possible to decorate space with printable architectural fabric.
That creates a very strong graphic impact, perfectly smooth and even surface, energy saving, sustainable installation and product are outstanding from a long list of traditional materials.
As a resume let's say this:
- Be creative! Be brave! Retro style is easy to achieve in your living space! Keep it simple and different - bring your personality on! Listen your favorite music loud!