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Getting retro right

5th June 2014
Retro-style decorating is all about pulling together a variety of patterns, textures and colours to create a joyous explosion of post-modern panache. While this is one design style where different elements can be clashed, mixed and twisted, it’s best to take your influence from one particular decade and incorporate iconic symbols, shapes and colours from that era.

‘Retro’ is usually considered to be anything from the 1950s through to the 1980s, so here’s our breakdown of each decade to help you create a look that’s as unique as the period that influenced it.

The 1950s
Eye-popping pastels were the main colour trend in the 1950s, particularly pink, mint green and duck-egg blue. Think clean designs with a Scandinavian influence and traditional American diners. Kitchen floors were chequered linoleum and furniture was neat and curved in the style of Charles Eames. Patterns came in bold designs and ranged from stripes, checks and polka dots to atomic prints like stars and planets.

The 1960s
The swinging sixties came with a burst of psychedelic colours– everything was more graphic, dynamic and colourful than ever before. Earth tones were big thanks to hippie culture, and greens, golds and oranges became key colours. Prints of choice were tie-dye, paisley and florals, the bigger and brighter the better. The rise of the discotheque saw metallics and mirrors become popular in homes and walls were adorned with pop-art and posters. If you’re inspired by ‘the Mad Men way’ then 1960s décor is for you.

The 1970s
Colours were still bright in the seventies– think reds, yellows and oranges accented with a strong use of white and black. Cinnamon, ginger and yolk yellow were key shades, used in Scandinavian prints, micro geometrics and outline leaves. Paisley was still on-trend and bright, big flowers and graphic shapes became the hallmark of the decade. Faux-fur and shagpile rugs and carpets were a key look and lamps became an important accessory – think lava lamps and white globe lamps. Orla Kiely’s influence is ideal for any 1970s inspired scheme.

The 1980s
Salmon pink, sea foam green, teal and grey dominated the colour palate in the 1980s, with neons also proving popular. Colour blocking was replaced with splashy prints, and the Art Deco revival saw geometrics take the crown as the decade’s most popular print. Polished brass found its way into most homes, track lighting was fashionable and chrome, glass-top and mirrored furniture was all the rage. Decorating in a 1980s style can be daunting as getting it wrong can sometimes look outdated, but get it right and you have a look that’s slick, edgy and minimalist.

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