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What is Retro style?

Retro styling recreates the fashion motifs and materials of the past. The style is dominated by new items that display characteristics of times past. Influenced by artists, performers, film and music, the design style is bright and bold; colour, shape and geometry feature highly in the decorative scheme.

Where did Retro style come from?

Retro styling originated in the 1960’s evolving from British and American pop culture.

What does the Retro interior style look like?

Furniture is practical and quite ‘blocky’ in design, it is usually based on regular or irregular geometric shaping and is bright and bold. Wallpaper and fabrics also feature geometric shapes in bright colours. Accent rugs and soft furnishings often use shape, lines, plaids or pop art designs. Walls can be painted in bright colours and are often half painted, with the top half of a wall being painted a contrasting colour to the lower half.

Furniture is upholstered in bright colours and textures that may not usually be considered such a PVC, vinyl, faux fur and bright damasks.

Curtains and blinds are bright in colour but quite plain in design; tab top curtains work particularly well in this style as the pattern of the fabric does not tend to get distorted because there is minimal folding and quirky or unusual finials really complete the look. The colour palette is varied, colours that harmonise rather than complement tend to be chosen; oranges, reds and browns are commonly chosen base colours for furniture, walls and accent rugs.


Which fabrics would go well with the Retro style?

Unconventional fabrics such as pvc, vinyl and faux fur work well for upholstery. Thick linens, cottons and man made fabrics with a sheen are good choices for curtains and other soft furnishings.