Styles are sometimes fads. Occasionally, there is something classic in a particular style. What is classic, holds value and remains beautiful, while trends pass by within the year. The savvy homeowner, who wants to improve and decorate with a retro flair, should be able to distinguish a classic retro design from trendy fads. Here are some helpful hints to direct you towards the right way to “retro fit” your home.
Today’s contemporary look involves a carefully chosen display of classic pieces from the past. Often homeowners are so excited to go retro that they jump into changes that may be too drastic. Think touches, rather than a complete overhaul. Start with a cohesive, overall vision of how you want your home to look, then slowly build on this plan. You will then be able to see where you can push the edges and where you need to exercise restraint. This approach may also save you money in the long run. Touches are not as expensive as overhaul items: retro gas range, retro appliances, etc.
Retro, is a vague term for anything from a relatively distant past. Specify what era you are getting at- perhaps what decade. From here, think of what palette you are adding these touches onto. You might have a home that is Asian inspired. Imagine and visualize an era that suits this style, like certain aspects of the mid century modern period. (1945-1965) From here, you can begin to blend the two dominant styles harmoniously. Your retro additions should serve as complimentary accents that won’t run the risk of looking garish or just plain old.
Another approach to your plan is to concentrate on one room. A new, clean paint job, alongside some colorful vintage glass pieces, could be just the right touch. Speaking of paint, wall color is a simple way to retro-grade a space. Try painting one stand-out wall in a bold nostalgic color. You can then accent the room with pieces that compliment that color. The great things about paint is that is satisfies the urge to go big, or go home. You can make a strong statement with wall color, but if you end up detesting you color choice, re-painting is not the end of the world.