August 12, 2013
5 Hot Trends in Retro & Vintage Furniture for your Home
I am a huge fan of bringing old cool stuff to modern decoration environments. Retro style is coming back in big waves. We are experimenting a reinterpertation of materials, colors and design looks with the same intent but different than the original models.
Furniture design is gaining inspiration from the past with the fusion of new trends and inspirations. If you are looking to “update” your home with retro furniture but don’t know where to start, take a look at these 5 hot trends that are sure to modernize your home in a throwback way! Great inspiration from Freshome.
1. Choosing an era that you love for your interiors:
Retro furniture is all about digging into the past eras of design styles and choosing the ones that you loved the best. Many homeowners like to choose mid-20th century modern furniture that focuses roughly from 1930’s – 1960’s.
2 . Retro lighting to illuminate in style:
Whether you love the retro metal arc floor lamp with the big lampshade that was popular in the 1970’s gracing everyone’s living room or you prefer the introduction of aluminum into wall and pendant fixtures of the late 1960’s – lighting was an integral part of retro furniture decor. Look to your favorite lighting manufacturers for lighting reproductions for your ceiling, walls, floor in every retro style imaginable. Delightfull is my favourite lighting manufacturer!
3. Diner style kitchens that make you reminisce
Kitchens have come a long way in design over the years and retro appliances and vintage furniture that recreate a scene from your favorite greasy-spoon diner are a wonderful and nostalgic trend. The 1950’s Mad Men style of family diners with high contrast color booths, metallic finishes, and the feeling of hanging out at the local neighborhood diner can be recreated in your kitchen today. Andy Warhol’s pop art pieces with high contrast colors in your kitchen tiles, flooring, furniture mixed with stainless steel appliances or pastel colored appliances will make your kitchen sing Frank Sinatra!
4 – Find a color or retro element that inspires the rest of your design
If you don’t have a specific era of furnishings that you love, consider getting inspired by your favorite color of appliance, sofa, lamp or even wall artwork. You will be surprised how an entire room can draw inspiration from standalone color. Who wouldn’t love these turquoise appliances in their retro kitchen?
5 – Tips to consider when decorating with authentic retro furniture
Many home furnishings companies have reproduction lines that recreate the nostalgic and retro looks that we all love. If you decide to use authentic period furniture from garage sales, hand-me-downs or from vintage stores, ensure you are safe when painting, refinishing, or changing the look of old furniture. Especially children’s furnishings can have lead based paint, toxic varnishes and also can have safeguards that are not in place as modern children’s furniture. Keep this in mind if you’re refinishing old furniture or plan to buy children’s cribs, changing tables and other adolescent furniture.