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What is retro style?
I don’t know about you, but when I mention the retro style, I immediately recall the films of Kusturica, with these shiny jackets, beads, curtains, and a reckless way of life, which is ridiculous. Retro style in interior design is brightness, cheerful mood and originality. The most noticeable design ideas of the mid-XX's are reflected precisely in the interiors decorated in retro style.
In many industries, including music, fashion and design, the word "retro" is used to describe the imitation of old trends and styles. In the world of interior design, “retro” usually refers to furniture that is typical for decades between the 1950s and 1980s.
Parts of it can be vintage and originally released in this era, or simply take inspiration from the shapes and colors that characterized the style of the time.The ultimate hallmark of retro style is an eclectic blend of old and new: the design classic alternates with new works combined to create a single, holistic look.
Retro is the brightness, cheerful mood and originality.
In today's standards of design, “retro” is a style that confidently combines an authentic look with the best modern technologies, while remaining worthy of nostalgia.
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The history of the retro style
Retro style has become widespread in Germany, England, and North America since 1950. But the concept has been quite popular for many years. Nowadays, it is also popular and gets rethinking from many designers. Used this style as inspiration, in particular, companies such as Walter Knol, Rolf Benz.
However, it is difficult to determine where the lines between Vintage, Mid-Century Modern and Retro overlap. All three styles are completely separated according to their methods, but they have one thing in common: the love of past design ideas. The statement that your retro design will be too vague, but it works in that it combines any number of suitable design styles.
Received widespread in Germany, England, North America since 1950
Characteristic features of retro-style in interior design of apartments and other premises:
- Focus on fashion trends 50-70-ies of XX century.
- The use of synthetic materials (plastic, synthetic fabrics, PVC, etc.).
- Bright colours.
- Vintage decorative elements (decorative vinyl records, old-fashioned textiles, lamps, vases of the last century);
- Furniture of unusual shape;
- The trend towards stylization, abstract forms.
Retro style in interior design is fancy shapes, color combinations, textures. It is determined by brightness, originality: plastic figures with vinyl records, paintings with photographs of cities, lava lamps with sofa lips, a combination of glass, plastic, metal with synthetics (primarily artificial leather, velvet), beaded embroidered curtains and asymmetric patterns.
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Retro is the style of the cheerful 50s, bright 60-70s. This is a mixture of hipster fashion with their beautiful clothes and charm, colorful hippie dresses with a floral theme and a rainbow print, with a bright explosive disco with acidic colors and a variety of shapes.Retro-style in the interior implies an emphasis on the past, mentioning traditions, fashion trends of the last century: floral graphics, chrome chevrons, synthetic mats, shiny patent leather, movie posters with the characters of those years, original furniture, rejection of everything boring and ordinary.
The 1950s introduced chrome handles on cabinets, legs of tables and chairs. Upholstery on chairs made of artificial shiny leather, color combinations:
Style - focus on the past
In the 60s, the hippie movement (flowers, symbols of peace, rainbow) was relevant. Slightly more restrained colors and geometric patterns (along with floral motifs) were at the peak of popularity at the time.
The 70s - the disco era: the former shades were expanded in gold, blue, bright green. Glitter, brightness, fun - this is how you can describe the mood of that period. In the fashion were large sofas, bar stools, cabinets, sideboards, coffee tables, ottomans.
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Where is the retro style?
This style is popular in large cities, it is widely used for decoration of apartments, cafes, hotels, cinemas. The interior design of the restaurant in a retro style or the interior design of a cafe implies brightness, original features, stylish bar stools, tables, a smooth shiny surface of cabinets, bar counters.
This style is popular in big cities.
Interior design of the apartment in retro style is comfort, showy charm, cheerful mood. Furniture of unusual shape, beaded curtains, old-fashioned figurines, posters with the heroes of past years, bright colors - all this creates a special retro-style mood: bright and warm.
Modern interior design in this style is seen by designers as follows:
- Rich colors, bold color combinations.
- The skillful combination of materials (PVC, synthetic, plastic) creates an atmosphere of lightness and fun.
- Pronounced individuality of the interior from the use of unusual furniture and decor.
Rich colors, bold color combinations
Bold, unexpected design solutions: colorful chandeliers, colorful curtains, bright furniture, surprisingly comfortable mixing of glossy lacquer surfaces and leather upholstery. A variety of colors, individual photos in retro style.return to menu ↑
Interior Style: Overview and Examples
Retro style creates a special attitude: impetuous, cheerful, bright, unique. This is a memorable chic, joyful atmosphere, an unusual combination of antiques and artificial materials.
The most common prints:
- flower theme;
- "Oriental cucumber";
- bright green;
- the black;
- Navy blue.
More restrained colors - olive, cream, mustard.
- vintage mirror frames;
- desk sets;
- crystal vases, decanters;
- drawings or photographs in wooden frames;
- car models that were popular in those years;
- plastic figures.
For lighting are used:
- floor lamps;
- chandeliers with lace;
- lamps with lampshades;
- decorated with fringe.
Retro-style is popular due to the bright mood that permeates every interior in this style. The refusal of standard solutions and boring design options makes this style popular among those who appreciate individuality, brightness, dynamics. It is also a choice for those who are young at heart, those who seek to create a chic atmosphere with elements of modern trends - at home or in the workplace.
Style is popular due to its bright mood.
Retro style in the interior is a bright call, a fresh and original look at familiar things.
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Retro furniture features
The style of retro furniture originates in the traditional Bauhaus style. It arose because of the need for a market in high-quality, comfortable, but inexpensive furniture.
With the new milling technique in the 60's and 70's, furniture with perforated holes or even holes appeared as a decorative design element on metal facades. More and more the chair was reduced to its immediate function. The backs became shorter - in most cases they did not exceed the length of the shoulders. Soft armrests were removed, so that the furniture with filigree legs, despite the comfortable upholstery, got a very light overall look.
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The main characteristics of the furniture
The retro furniture of the 1950s-1970s was originally in the form of relatively crisp, simple designs from a base. Depending on the piece of furniture, it was either made with new coating methods (for example, with longitudinal or transverse seams on the back), or the materials were mixed, so the cabinet could contain metal legs with a wooden frame, often with drawers or a facade of various colors.The combination of materials also focused on coffee tables and nightstands - a massive wooden or metal construction with a golden metal frame, which was covered with a heavy marble slab - a mixture of materials was a trend setter in retro furniture design.
Wardrobes were muted, for example, dirty yellow, sea green, beige, brown, but also in the 1950s and 1960s muted orange appeared. Popular types of wood were red-tinted shades, such as cherry, walnut, oak, beech.
The floors had a clear geometric structure. The black and white checkerboard pattern was a trend, and linoleum was used as a new uncomplicated coating in many shades and patterns. The wallpaper was rather restrained in the fifties. Often it was heavy fabric wall coverings with small floral patterns, sometimes with a thin silk shimmer. Also typical for the 50s were motley almost simple wallpapers, as well as furniture in muted tones.
Also new were metal handles (spherical, cubical, tapered) in contrasting colors for the rest (often gold brass with black). They corresponded mainly to higher furniture legs made of wood or a combination of woody metal.return to menu ↑
Retro interior can be integrated as separate fragments or as a complete retro make-up for a specific room, such as a living room or a kitchen. You can decide to redesign the whole house to reflect the nostalgia of this period - it all depends on the degree of your commitment.
It is not for the faint of heart or people who prefer a more restrained classic decor. Pure retro will look as if you have not updated your decor in recent decades. True vintage decorations are in great demand, so if you have several lamp shades in the basement or attic, it's time to clean and integrate them into the new project.return to menu ↑
The idea of decorating by periods
Not all retro projects are created equal, each period has a different attitude. Learn to distinguish between different periods in retro interiors, which can range from purely modern to psychedelic.
Bold dining room decoration
Modern mid-century: 1920s - 1960s
The movement originated in the 1920s as a reaction to the art deco style and lasted for decades. The transition from "vintage" to "mid-century" may have been a little slower than later design changes, but it was a clear transition from clean, ultra-strict decor to something a bit more comfortable. After the end of World War II, the design industry moved from the starting point where it stopped in the 40s, with the result that the 50s became an expression of their own design style, which brought the interior style to a whole new level.
- Smooth and minimalistic: It has smooth shapes with minimal details.
- Known to this day designers: The famous designers were Eames (Charles and Ray), Mies van der Rohe and Iero Saarinen, who were also architects.
- Retro chairs: Classic items such as the Barcelona chair or the Womb chair are necessary for serious retro collections.
Interesting furniture in this style
Geometric shapes, ornaments with straight lines, soft curves, asymmetrical motifs look beautiful with metallic accents, glass, concrete, wood in the rooms, designed in the style of mid-century. Old switches and door handles, lamps and retro wall clocks help add nostalgia to modern homes.
Here are some ideas:1Patterns. The influence of pop culture, the hippie movement, the passion for floral patterns bring symbols of peace and floral prints to the interior design. Beaded curtains in the doorways or used as partitions is another great idea for decorating the interior in the style of the mid-century.2Interior color. Brown wooden furniture with red, black, pink, yellow, turquoise, sea - a good choice for decoration. The muted tones of all primary colors are excellent for decorating. They create a comfortable design, give a natural feeling to living spaces. 3Modern interior design ideas. A fascinating feature of the mid-century style is that the design has no significant restrictions on the combination of colors or textures. Interiors can look eclectic, mixing and matching old and new environments, ideas. Elegant simplicity, functionality, comfort are the elements of design.
Unusual chairs - interior highlight
The style of the 50s brings the past into the present, and designers add a modern or futuristic style to homes. This increases the effect of creating unique, functional, modern interiors. Be inspired by this wonderful photo collection of the style of the mid-century, take your favorite ideas to your home.
1950s kitchen design
Color schemes: Popular color schemes include a black and white checkered tile floor, with a bold accent, such as cherry red, turquoise, hot pink.
Typical materials: The predominant materials for furniture and other finishes were light wood, chrome, vinyl, Formica worktops, and plexiglass (organic glass).
Diner Style: Since this period is well reproduced in the design of the kitchen, consider adding banquet chairs to the kitchen or a couple of bar stools in the style of the 50s snack bar to your breakfast table.
Progress in technology has led to home improvements that radically changed the course of interior design, taking a new round in the late 60s. A new range of colorful appliances helped create a solid foundation for home design.Contrasting colors also played a big role, giving each room a distinct personality. The combination of moss green with black and white or lilac and purple with yellow chartreuse was at the peak of popularity.
This new palette offered an exciting pace change for the home. Not only did the color schemes evolve, there were also patterns. Widespread flowers, dynamic prints. These exciting projects were a sign of the times when the world was going fast.
Popular colors: decor with green avocado, copper, orange or mustard yellow with beige.
WallpaperA: Wallpapers have become very popular during this period, especially flock wallpapers. Today there are many reproductions of the 1960s, such as Paisley or floral.
Characteristic furniture: Pay attention to molded plastic, rectangular chairs, as well as streamlined wooden Danish furniture, including tables, coffee tables, cabinets.
Other accessories: Finish the look with Andy Warhol-inspired pop art, as well as long-haired carpet. If you really want to reproduce the 60s retro, you will need a lava lamp with an oversized binbeg chair.
The rhythmic 1970s
The décor of the 1970s has much in common with the 60s as a period of the formation of something new. Just a few decades ago, the design was the same for everyone, and now the “70s” offered an individual style for everyone. Now there were no standard projects. Bright colors, wild patterns grew to enormous popularity, filling the house with new vital energy.
Bright colors, wild patterns
The design of the 70s is often referred to as “psychedelic,” which is correct, since bright colors, wild patterns for it are made like a kaleidoscope. The house was filled with various textures - from a long pile on a carpet to lucista chairs, from velvet to chrome.
Brighter colors: 1970s wallpapers were made of shiny foil, bamboo patterns, grass.
Catchy carpets: the length of the pile of carpets has increased, and the patterns on it have become more daring.
Kitchen colors: Autumn shades such as orange, rust, brown, wheat were in great demand. Ensuring that your kitchen appliances are suitable turned out to be mandatory.
Changes in materials: Popular surface finishes included wooden wall panels, heavy draping with a padded border, stained dark wood, rattan furniture, wickerwork, paisley prints for almost everything.
When the 70s came to an end, psychedelic interiors began to turn towards the new "funky" projects of the 80s. Less crazy, these interiors have become more cohesive. Projects have become more organic, not "fussy." It was at this time that various trends began to consolidate, the world of interior design was on the way to continuous evolution.
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Colors in style
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Whenever we think about the homes of the mid-20th century, special colors come to mind. Green avocado was particularly popular, so adding it to the decor is one of the fastest ways to create a solid base for creating your retro style.
Green color was especially popular.
Among other popular colors:
- yellow mustard;
- sea wave.
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In retro technology, shape, material, color are important. During the 1950s and 1960s, round edges were mandatory for the instruments. For a good example, check out the retro Smeg fridges. Look for these rounded edges also on modern technology.BoardYou can use this theme for all your furniture.
Also, this technique reflects the famous car designs. Cookers, ovens, refrigerators borrowed many items from cars popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
Red retro fridge
Chrome is best for material and color. Chrome fridges, countertops, tables, stoves - it will not be much. If you want to change the situation a bit, replace a few chrome appliances with ones that match the color of the period — an avocado plate or a red dishwasher also looks great.return to menu ↑
Additional design elements
Chrome accents, handles, trim give a special, charming look. Home furniture, sofas, chairs with a functional frame and minimalist cushions, kitchen tables, chairs with chrome metal tubular legs, posters on the walls - all this is a retro-style room.
Other retro design elements that will liven up your look include:
- long pile carpet;
- round lampshades;
- fabrics with geometric patterns, bright colors, such as pink, turquoise, yellow, lime green;
- ceramic tile floors (black and white, red and white, red and black, turquoise black);
- armchair binbeg.
Catchy wallpaper - stylish design element.
Identify the era that you like best. Then develop a design plan - start from the walls and floors, and then select furniture and accessories.return to menu ↑
First, always remember that the retro style is fun and lively. This means that you can include a lot of bright colors in the design theme without losing sensation.BoardDo not be afraid to try wild projects that give your space a completely new, unusual look. Be fun, lively, courageous.
Choose a palette that is a mixture of bright colors. Secure the right feeling collection:
- purple flowers.
In fact, this is one of those styles where you can use combinations of colors that lie on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. To best capture it, focus on the fabrics and textures that were used in the 60s and 80s.
Cheerful and lively interior
However, you do not need to place loud colors to make a theme.
You can also choose a monotonous color scheme, which was very popular. For example, if you like to use black and white, then it is absolutely organic.In retro-inspired interiors there were often beautiful symbols, large murals, posters placed on the walls. Just remember that you do not need to dump everything in one place. Plan your ideas step by step, choose jewelry that fits well. If you want to draw symbols on the wall, then just make sure that they fit well with the rest of the interior design. Remember that retro interiors do not have a lot of wooden furniture. You must choose furniture made from plastic, metal, glass or rubber.
Objects such as binbegs, round chairs or cocoon chairs can create this interesting retro look. Add pillows, a large foot chair to add pomp and color to the room. Consider the size of the room when placing these items so that they do not look inappropriate.
Plan your ideas step by step
Retro interior design requires attention to detail. You must choose textures, colors and shapes of objects that will look unique and, of course, blend perfectly with each other. The good thing about retro furniture is that it is very durable and comfortable, it can be taken from second-hand.
Some pieces of furniture and accents can be found in places where old things are stored.. They have unusual shapes and colors that will make your space unique. If you want to change your kitchen, bathroom or the whole house in a retro style, remember that this topic is a mixture of bold colors and shapes, so do not be afraid to try “hard”return to menu ↑