Retro style is one of the most popular interior design styles in 2020. You can find a lot of vintage interior design photos in Instagram. Don’t have the budget to hire an interior design company but still want to have this gorgeous design style? You can start from details to create the retro style at home or even buy the furniture in IKEA for a make-over. In this article, HKDecoman will share 7 tips to create a retro-style home.
Nostalgic retro style interior design, whether it is Taiwanese, French or British style, the main elements usually focus on colours, floral patterns, unique carpets and practical decorations. As long as these elements are well coordinated, you can decorate your home in retro style without spending a fortune.
Retro interior design: no need to insist on choosing expensive fabrics
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People who like retro design usually appreciate the beauty of age. The furniture in the promotion photos is always come from the famous brands and expensive fabrics. Don’t be fooled by advertisements. Although velvet sofas and silk curtains are indeed beautiful, you don’t have to struggle when budget is insufficient. Sometimes it’s more fun to look for cheap and beautiful materials to create the same effect!
If you want to bring out the retro feeling at home, you can choose some building materials with yellow and blue colours. These two colours can be configured almost anywhere, bringing out unexpected retro effects.
For furnishings, consider choosing a traditional brown leather furniture. Brown is a representative retro colour, and the traces of weathering over the years definitely make it stand out in retro-style interior design.
Retro interior design: set up a home library
When you think of retro-style home, you can never miss out an antique bookshelf that is full of books. Put a ceiling high bookshelf with filled it up with books. And place a place a flannel sofa in front of the bookshelf. It is the best if you can lay a patterned carpet on the floor to complete a classic British reading corner.
Retro interior design: DIY retro furniture
You can make retro furniture with your hands as well! Don’t dump the old furniture, but to refurbish them to create a retro-style furniture.
In terms of colours, it is recommended using exotic colours such as lake green and sunny yellow, or traditional British-style brown retro colours, combined with floral patterns, it will become a trendy and retro furniture. If it is a metal furniture, consider changing it into brass to make it more retro feel.
If you use chalk paint to paint the furniture, it will create a matte and uneven surface. After polishing and waxing, you can create the effect of an old furniture.
How to refurbish furniture into retro furniture:
- Paint chalk paint on furniture with a rough pattern to form an uneven surface.
- Use graphite and water to blacken the edges to create a frayed effect.
- Use rough sandpaper and paint scrapers to wear out the furniture and to create a wear effect.
- Finally, apply transparent chalk paint as the protective layer of the paint.
Retro interior design: modify the kitchen door panels
Kitchen is the easiest area to create a retro style. It is also very popular in foreign countries to start with the kitchen and transform their homes into retro style. The upper kitchen cabinets in Hong Kong are usually wooden door panels. If you convert them into glass doors with wooden sides, the tableware inside can be displayed through the glass to create an instant retro pastoral effect.
Moreover, laying antique tiles in kitchen is also a good choice. The wall of antique bricks imitates the old country house. If you don’t want to renovate the kitchen on a large scale, you can search for some retro cabinet handles, and replace them with solid-colour kitchen cabinets.
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