Trends are cyclical. Designs that were popular decades ago often end up finding their way back into the limelight years later, often with a modern twist. If you’d like to change up your décor in a way that embraces nostalgia without undertaking major home renovations, not to worry—just adding a vintage element here and there can be enough to create the aesthetic you want!
- Vintage wallpaper
Vintage-inspired wallpaper is making a huge comeback, with colourful, bold prints from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s quickly regaining popularity. No need to start repapering every wall in your home—just one accent wall can help add vibrancy to your décor. If you want to keep things simple, you can opt for a wall mural. These are usually very easy to install, and some are reusable and made of reinforced paper rather than vinyl, making them eco-friendly as well as visually stunning!
- Upcycled furniture
When looking for vintage elements to add to your décor, nothing beats the real thing! Consider refurbishing or repurposing old furniture to give your home a true retro look. If you’re willing to do some sleuthing in second-hand shops or online, you can find some real gems. This keeps old pieces out of landfills and reduces your carbon footprint further by removing the need to purchase and ship a brand-new item. Plus, you get the benefit of doing your bit for the planet while giving your place a truly unique look that didn’t come from IKEA!
- Real plants
Houseplants were in vogue in the 70s, and they are currently making a resurgence. In addition to the calming effects of the colour green and natural vegetation, plants can actually help improve the air quality in your home! However, it’s important to remember that purchasing a plant isn’t like getting a coffee table or a bookshelf—they need to be watered and nurtured, so you need to make sure you’re ready for the responsibility of caring for a living thing before diving in.
- Rattan furniture
Furniture made of woven rattan or cane was a popular outdoor fixture in the 70s. That trend is now moving indoors, with chairs, end tables and light fixtures all made of the lightweight vine fibres. This natural material is extremely durable and provides a great retro feel.
- Earth tones
Shades that were last popular in the 70s are coming back into style as people start trying to incorporate a more natural aesthetic into their home décor. Earth tones create a warm, cozy vibe and work well with plant life and other natural materials. Try to incorporate shades such as terra-cotta, rust, rose gold and bronze into your linens, throw pillows, knobs and fixtures.
Retro style with a green twist!
Many of the retro elements that are currently on trend pair beautifully with “green” design for a modern, eco-conscious twist on classic décor. The combination is a great way to stay rooted in tradition while forging a better path forward—and doing it with style!