Everything old is new again
Design trends for 2014 are bringing the bold geometric shapes and colours of the sixties back into our homes and work spaces.
This style can be summed up in one of my favourite decorating words – Retro!
When we talk “retro”, we are talking about fun, colour, wild geometric shapes and a good dose of nostalgia.
Over the past couple of weeks I have been enthusiastically planning my renovation of a 1965 built home and visualising how to blend my favourite style seamlessly into 2014.
This is what I discovered..
What is retro style?
By definition, retro style decorating can be any interior decorating theme that is influenced by trends and styles from the past but we tend to use it to describe décor from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.
In 2014, “retro” refers to decorating that has a fun, lively feel with bright colours, wild designs and an overall sense of flair. If you think back to the fabrics and textures of the 60’s you’ll immediately get a sense of where your décor needs to go to truly capture the essence of retro style.
Because retro-style requires such a bold approach, it also requires a certain personality to pull it off. There’s nothing laid-back or casual about retro-style decorating. On the contrary, it is loud, busy and most definitely “funky”.
So, how can you bring retro style decorating into your home? Let’s take a look at some common elements of this energizing decorating style:
Retro style furniture
Retro style furniture has an abstract feel to it, with each piece almost fighting for the limelight as the focal point of the room.
Sofas are broad and elongated with colour splashes being added via multi-coloured cushions.
Chairs are rounded and really comfy.
Coffee tables have great angles; and don’t forget room dividers or the popular 60’s fundamental – the nest of tables!
Avocado green is by far the most popular retro colour choice, followed closely by mustard yellow and combinations of black, white and red.
Hot pink can make a great addition to your retro colour scheme.
Don’t be surprised to find items that have a little of everything, with mixes of bright orange, green, indigo blue, and yellow on one single piece. Tie-dyed fabrics, checked patterns and elaborate paisley prints were also a trademark of the era.
Textures in Retro Interiors
This is one area where retro style decorating really goes over the top. When you think of retro style, think of shag carpets, smooth plastics, soft vinyl and crushed velvet.
Remember, everything is bold when you’re decorating in the retro style so don’t be afraid of textures. The more the better.
There is no limit when you’re talking about fun retro accents and accessories. Fuzzy throw rugs, door beads, lava lamps, skate boards, scoop stools; anything goes.
So if you want to be part of the retro renovation revival, be bold, be proud and have fun!