Traveling back to the ’70s is easy nowadays. The same as with fashion, every once in a while, an interior design trend gets rehashed.
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Let’s take the example of the Retro Revival Décor Trend, which is so in vogue right now.
Retro is an acronym for “retrospective,” reminiscing about the past. As the name suggests, the Retro Revival is a throwback design trend in which we can incorporate design elements from decades past.
While the definition means that just about any era could be considered retro, the term is more commonly used to describe décor from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.
This style’s popularity is skyrocketing at the moment, as retro interiors are warm and playful, which might be exactly what we need after the previous years` minimalism.
If you like to think outside the box with your décor scheme, take risks and break the rules, the Retro Revival look might be your best match.
If you are craving for a bright perspective and want to transform your bedroom, let’s take a look together at how you can steal the retro vibe.
- Use a Punchy Colour Palette
From bold oranges to yellowish-browns and from off-white to blues, retro colours are definitely making a huge come-back.
To adopt a retro revival style for your bedroom décor, one thing is for sure. You need to get rid of any inhibitions you might have when you combine colours and textures.
The palette for this style can be bold and bright or moody and muted.
If you go on the bold side, you can use pinks and oranges to evoke the decade and mix blue and red flashes where you dare. Some popular retro colour choices are avocado green, mustard yellow, purple, hot pink, and mixes of bright orange, greens, and indigo blues.
For example, choosing an Art-Deco style mustard yellow bed as your bedroom centerpiece can create an amazing retro focal point in the blink of an eye.
You can still go retro with pastels such as mint green, pink, and cream for those lacking confidence.
In this instance, an upholstered bed in a soft pink or even a grey bed accented with pops of burnt orange can easily recreate the look.
- Get Creative with Your Furniture
Furniture underwent a dramatic change in aesthetics in the ’70s.
From the rigid lines that were omnipresent in the previous decades, we are now looking at futuristic shapes with curves and spheres.
When it comes to furniture choice, the retro revival style nods to the past with nostalgic features but continues to develop according to modern trends.
In the retro revival context, each piece of furniture has a vibrant feel to it, and each item is craving to be the focal point of the room. Therefore, your choice of furniture depends on the degree of boldness you are willing to go for.
We are now looking at shiny chrome finishes, bright red seats, and crushed velvet upholstery. So, shop around, take a trip to your local antique store, and see what treasures you can find.
Velvet was one of the most popular fabric choices for this style, so if you are looking for a retro bed, you can be sure you will not go wrong with a crushed velvet fabric bed. Another to-go-to retro finish is chrome, so a metal bed in a shiny chrome finish can also do the trick.
3. Marry the Old with the New
Retro might be nostalgic, but it also has the breath of modernity.
The Retro Revival style encourages an eclectic mix of old styles, new forms, or new forms with old materials and finishes. The items you choose for your bedroom décor can also be contemporary but cleverly designed to retain the old days’ soul.
To get the look, pick key pieces in classic materials and designs remodeled for a new era. Combine present influences with past design elements.
If you go for a contemporary bed as your centerpiece, look around for bedding and decorative items with a vintage feel.
4. Embrace a Mix of Patterns and Textures
The ’70s were famous for their design clash, so if you love the style, you don’t have to be shy.
Retro Revival embraces a kaleidoscope of contrasting features, colours, shapes, and forms.
This style encourages you to go liberal with fun geometrics and bold with patterns, incorporate a wacky wallpaper for a feature wall, and include smooth plastic, soft vinyl, and crushed velvet.
5. Make it Cozier with Warm Woods
The Retro Revival décor trend is loud, busy, and funky. It requires a bold approach, and there is nothing casual or laid-back about it.
But no one said you cannot make it warm and cozy.
In retro interiors, wood is the king, and it should come in its natural, uncolored state to highlight the raw beauty of its grains. An element of wood in your flooring or in your furniture pieces, such as a rustic wooden bed frame maybe will add warmth and comfort to the modern-retro theme.
6. Keep it Fun
Retro-style decorating usually has a fun, lively feel to it. It embraces bright colours, wild designs, and an overall sense of flair.
This style allows you to go over the top with textures, and there’s also no limit when it comes to accents and accessories.
If you are looking to lift your bedroom design, use block colours on the walls to allow the other patterns to pop out.
The wall art is bold, unusual, and rather abstract. For an extra layer of fun, choose pop art to decorate your walls by mounting posters of pin-up girls, comic book artworks, and various photos of kitschy elements from any culture.
7. Play with Accessories
This funky perspective is a rejection of everything boring and mundane.
Therefore, the retro accessories include fuzzy throw rugs, multicolored throw pillows for an added clash of colour, door beads, lava lamps, skate tables, and scoop stools.
Incorporate checkered patterns, paisley prints, and other funky shapes.
In a retro revival bedroom, you are also likely to find posh elements of copper for a modern twist. You can include this in your light fixtures, your furniture hardware, or choose a metal bed in a shiny copper finish.
If you love the retro revival look, one thing is for sure.
Please Don’t try to tone down the décor, be ready to go all the way with the right colour theme and furniture pieces. It’s easy to turn your bedroom into a retro wonderland.
Daniela Ganea is a passionate Interior Designer and Content Writer for the Home Furnishing Industry. With a PR background, she combines her higher education with her passion for interiors by helping people with Interior Design and Styling tips for a happier home.