Sep 24, 2016

6 Things to Make Your Living Room Instantly Retro

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Old school interior design has made a dramatic comeback over the last few years. Bold prints and bright colors paired with vintage furniture and shaggy rugs. Taking your living room back in time can be a great way to bring some character to your home. Why not consider taking a modern twist and combine contemporary with retro. Bright white walls and retro furniture can be a fun, modern play on the old classic.  

So how do you even go about turning your living room into a groovy retro wonderland? Here is my guide to the 6 things that will make your living room instantly retro.

Wash your Walls with Color
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The quickest way to instantly transform your living room is with paint. Drape your walls in bright, bold prints or one bold color. Don’t be scared of clashing bold patterns or colors together as this will add to the retro vibe. Or try painting your walls with neutral colors to add your own modern twist.

Introduce Vintage Furniture
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Another great way to create a retro atmosphere is with vintage furniture. Opt for furniture with the classic, curvy and circular lines to really make your room pop with character. You can even try upcycling drab looking pieces to give them your own unique edge. You can uncover some real gems at your local flea market.

Embellish with Antiques
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Antique and vintage accessories are the perfect way to transform your living room. Think old posters, shop signs and other trinkets that will add personality to your space. Dig for treasures at your local thrift shop or flea market.

Add Plants
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Add some life to your room with potted plants. Floor or desk plants are all a great option depending on the size of your room. But why not try adding a couple of hanging plants from your walls or ceiling to really bring your room to life.   

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Cushions and rugs are a great way to brighten your space. Inject some color with bold print cushions. This is especially important if you have decided to go for the contemporary, retro style. Bright cushions and rugs will make your room feel cosy and homely.

Lots of Light
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Lighting is key to giving your space the ultimate retro vibe. Add table or floor lamps to make your room extra cosy. Give your space a warm glow by adding brightly colored shades.

Giving your room a retro make over doesn't have to break the bank. Try to aim for quality vintage furniture from the 50’s and 60’s and add lots of bright shades and embellishments to bring your room to life. Any home improvement projects can become pretty expensive, so cut the costs by opting for second hand furniture and antiques where you can. This will add to the retro vibe you are trying to create and you will save money at the same time - bonus!

So why not give it a go. What are your living room interior design ideas for making your room more retro? Let me know below in the comments.

By Hollie Jones

Hollie Jones is a freelance writer from New Jersey. She is a Lifestyle blogger and co-owner of the Hollie and the Ivy. Hollie loves writing about interior design, DIY and home improvements.  

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