Modern retro style

Modern retro interior, Hepburn Sofa & Opal Occasional Table
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What is retro modern style?

Retro is a decorating style that evokes a previous period. It is usually the 50s, 60s or 70s. More recently people are rediscovering the 80s.

You can go as far as you like with retro decor. Choose a particular period and create a room with that look, or pick out a few retro pieces to go in a modern room.

You can buy retro furniture, wallpaper, curtains, lamps, and accessories that could have comes straight from the 50s, 60s or 70s. You can even have a retro kitchen, complete with a retro fridge.

Can you mix periods?

Yes, certainly. The 50s was overtly modern and a good contemporary home rejected the past and embraced the new. However, in the second half of the 60s, people rediscovered nostalgia, originally for the Victorian period. In the seventies, Art Deco provided inspiration for some modern design and Art Deco pieces from the 20s and 30s were popular. The brown and cream look, popular in seventies' rooms, was derived from the 30s.

If you are going to mix and match, choose consecutive decades: 50s and 60s, or 60s and 70s. You will get pieces that look well together. Of course in a genuine 70s home there would often be pieces from the 60s.

New or original retro?

Again this is a personal choice. If you want genuine furniture and interior style from the 50s, 60s or 70s read our guide to retro furniture and retro style. We've mixed in a few modern pieces so you can see how they compare.

If you are looking for new products with a retro look this is our guide to the best on the market. You can always mix a few new retro pieces with genuine originals to create a unique look.

Retro Furniture - Robin Day's Forum Armchair

Modern retro furniture

Choose from modern reproductions of classic retro designs such as the Forum Sofa and chairs from 1964 by Robin Day. Or pick new designs inspired by the 50s or 60s.

Retro style lamp shade

Modern retro lighting

The classic lava lamp is available to buy new. New variations on the original theme, such as glitter lamps, are also popular. There is also a range of pendant and table lighting that would look great in a retro setting.

See Modern retro lighting

See also:

Cushion by Barbara Hulanicki Retro style soft furnishings
Retro style kitchen, Tivoli yellow by Homebase Retro style kitchens
Roberts Radio Revival
Retro products



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