Love your modern home but itching to add a feeling of yesteryear? The answer could lie in the addition of just the right decorative piece. Not only do retro pieces triumph in introducing that feeling of nostalgia your interior could be craving, but a lot of them also mix well into modern settings. Check out these house interiors for types of bits to consider, and see how they combine in modern spaces without moving’70s cliché.
A shag rug. This entire area is succulent with retro dash — mid-century furniture, yellow and purple upholstery, a green wall panel — but that shag rug is the cherry on top. Layer it on herringbone wood floors and accent it with a modern piece of art and you’re mod retro all the way.
Susan Diana Harris Interior Design
A geometric area rug. If the shag isn’t doing this for you, go for some geometry. It is equally retro and likely less maintenance. You can up the ante of your aesthetic allure with mid-century furniture or scale back with modern choices. Either will work with this rug.
The Eames Chair. You really can’t fail with this seat; it manages to feel chic, modern and timeless all at once, which means you may use them forever. Pick colors like burnt oranges and greens to enhance the retro nostalgia.
A “Love” poster. Ok, pretty much any art that expresses”love” will probably be associated with the’60s. But the colour and makeup of this specific poster by Alexander Girard is a retro beat above the rest that will still have a house in any modern interior.
Kristen Rivoli Interior Design
The Mobius Table from DWR. Oh, those table legs! The neighborhood will be speaking about how cool this table is. It is mid-century contemporized by means of a glass top. Pair it with a neon lamp and brightly upholstered furniture. Along with the neighbors will proceed from speaking to drooling.
Amy Lau Design
A colorfully colored credenza. Is it modern? Can it be retro? That’s the point; it’s a bit of both. The blue and yellow point to yesterday, the contour can swing both ways, and the stainless steel feet give it the modern edge. Discuss killing two birds with one stone!
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A wooden credenza. This one, all wood with skinny legs, is definitely more classic retro. Keep it in the modern world by accessorizing it with modern knickknacks.
Kristen Rivoli Interior Design
A futon. Were not think futons had everywhere outside college campuses? Think again. Not only will they accomplish this retro feel, but they will save space in tiny dens or offices while still providing an excess spot to sleep to the occasional guest. When decorating about it, treat it like a sofa. You’ll discover it will easily transition to your modern space.
The F511 Lounge Chair from YLiving. This seat makes me want to kick back and listen to the Stones on vinyl. It is certainly an investment bit.
A mid-century office seat . What a great juxtaposition between this burnt-orange chair and the romantic floral drapes with table. This sign of an unexpected Adirondack seat gives the whole setup a splash of pizzazz.
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Colorful dishware. Irrespective of how modern your own kitchen is, it can always benefit from a pair of dishware in unexpected colours. Instantly retro, immediately chic.
Funky accessories. Too nervous to go all the way with a large piece? Make some space on a console or side table for some accessories with a retro kick.
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