Retro home decor is making a comeback, and it’s doing it with style as many homeowners are now turning to the older days to give a new look to their home. When you think about retro decoration, what’s the first thing that crosses your mind?

Kitchen walls of avocado color?
Classic shag carpets in front of the fireplace?

Whatever your idea of retro may be, know that the vintage look brings much-needed refreshment to your home but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

So, how do you add bits and pieces of retro without completely changing the theme of your home? Keep reading this guide to find out.

Retro Tip #1: Use saturated colors

Home decor in the 60’s and 70’s placed a lot of focus on color, which gave every house a distinct look. While you don’t need to redo your entire home, using punchy hues in certain areas of your house can give it a classic look. Also, remember that while bold colors that go over the top may bring the retro look, that color might not work everywhere.

As a general rule of thumb, use pale colors in a small room and darker colors in rooms that are larger in size. If your room is small, paint the walls with a lighter color and complement the look by adding more color-saturated accessories.

Retro Tip #2: Use vintage furniture and accessories

The best part about going retro is the fact that you don’t need to match everything. To inspire nostalgia, all you may have to do is introduce a old school table, a few classic chairs, or a 70’s inspired sofa set. As more people are experimenting with retro, several companies have dedicated themselves to offering specialized services to recreating the “look”. You can find many of them with a simple Google search.

Accessories like a rotary phone, lava lamp, or stacked record albums can significantly boost the overall appeal of your home. If you manage to find retro posters of your favorite band, hanging them on the wall can create a fabulous centerpiece.

Retro Tip #3: Make the best use of lighting

Similar to furniture, lighting has a tremendous impact on how your room looks. To fully capture the essence of a bygone era, you may use industrial pendants of vintage style to imbue a rustic feel or bring in a few circular mod chandeliers for a retro look. If you are not ready to invest in permanent fixtures, try out Edison light bulbs that come in a broad range of shapes and sizes. Lighting is important, so always have two sources of light in a room, whether you are going retro or not.

Retro Tip #4: Change up the bead board and paneling

Try out a Victorian era design with bead board or paneling that is available at your local hardware store. This is an excellent way to accentuate the retro look as it adds the required character in many rooms. Concentrate on overlooked spaces like laundry rooms, hallways,  and other small areas to add an immediate spark to the visual aesthetics.

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Retro Tip #5: Make the most of the flea market items

There’s always one central item in every home that defines its character. When you’re going retro, the best way to find a one-of-a-kind piece  is to visit a flea market. For example, you can buy an antique steamer trunk to use as a coffee table or an old lamp. As a result, be prepared to see a look of astonishment on the faces of your guests.

Bringing a look of retro into your home is easy, if you spend time researching and experimenting. We hope these tips help you design the retro home of your dreams.