Retro-inspired interiors and living spaces have made a bit of comeback in the last year or so. With bold colors like purple and violet being touted as the hottest colors of 2014. and gold and silver accents being featured in top interior design trends of the year ahead, now is the time to introduce a hint of retro charm into your living room. While most often modern homeowners seem to relegate vintage styles and retro patterns to the kitchen , it is time to think beyond the obvious. Chic and fashionable, simple retro decor can often make a big difference to the ambiance of any living space.
Going retro does not mean you have to go overboard with bright colors and vivacious patterns. Instead of opting for an entirely retro theme, the more innovative style is to introduce cool Mid-Century modern chairs, an orb-style fireplace, patterned rugs or select retro pieces that enhance the existing contemporary style of your home. Instantly standing out from the mundane, here are some fabulous inspirational images to get you started in the right direction –
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A Splash of Colorful Exuberance
Most often retro design ideas are linked with bold colors, intricate patterns and general design that is more over the top than understated. While this refreshingly rich look might not work with every living room and any given theme, it does feel organic and urbane when done right. Try to introduce a few classic chairs, a retro-styled table, and possibly a vintage decor item or two to accentuate the retro look. A completely retro-inspired living room can be a touch overwhelming, but therein lays its beauty!
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Side tables, cabinets and brilliant chandeliers are also a wonderful way of adding retro style to the living room. Just couple of these select furnishings with the right throw pillows and a rug, and you have playful, hip space that sets the right tone for the rest of the house. When it comes to colorful design, the ’60s and ’70s offer endless inspiration…
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Contemporary and Retro!
While retro and vintage might currently be appealing, it might be just a matter of time before the world of interior design casts them aside once again. Getting stuck with a living room that needs a complete makeover is both expensive and inconvenient. This is precisely why many homeowners and designers are opting for a subtle addition of retro decor while keeping the theme strictly modern or contemporary. By adding a single furnishing, curtains, a coffee table or wallpaper to the accent wall, you create a sense of nostalgia without redecorating in an extensive manner.
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The idea here is to create a living room that stays timeless and can be easily altered with changing design trends. While moving out a couple of chairs or replacing wall art is easy, if you commit to an exclusively retro design, make sure that you really love it and would stick to it for several seasons to come.
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Inspirational Mid-Century Modern Designs
Since the show Mad Men made its appearance on TV, Mid-Century modern has become a bit of a rage. If the conventional retro designs do not seem all that appealing to you, then delve into this particular decorating style. Remember that retro is not just the ’60s and the ’70s. Borrowing from this elegant and classy design style gives you some amazing decor options. Creations of some of the greats like Eero Saarinen, Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Arne Jacobsen open up a world of endless possibilities for you. To move away from conventional trends and to embrace a ‘vintage look’, pick these iconic furnishings in spunky hues like pink, red and orange.
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You really need not confine yourself strictly to one particular look when trying to add retro touches to your living room. Feel free to borrow from across various eras. With many firms now lining up to recreate these famous furniture pieces and accessories of an era gone by, there are plenty of options on offer. So, are you ready to dip your toes into some ravishing retro fun?
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