As with fashion; some things within the history of interior design should remain tucked away in people’s distant memories. Some things however should be held high and mighty to stand the test of time. Some classics such as the Chesterfield, chandelier and rocking chair have been consistently modernised and bought to life decade after decade. Recently we have seen a resurgence of 1950’s interior design fashions.
Smooth, curved lines, bright acidic colours and glossy shiny surfaces have re-entered our furniture stores and homes to remember all things fun, funky and free. Generally given the hat of retro this article takes you through ways to update your interior design with a 1950’s twist.
Although fantastic it is not necessary to go completely hippy when gaining inspiration from 1050’s fashions. High street furniture companies such as Dwell and Habitat have recreated old classics in a much more contemporary style and colour palette. For example, why not choose a retro inspired ring or bucket chair in mocha, chocolate, black or white.
Their beautifully curved form; with a chic chrome pedestal create a sophisticated yet relaxed finish for your dining room. Add to this a simple curved sideboard or go to town and find a glass version. These types of subtle options are available everywhere and fit in most contemporary style homes to create a unique twist.
If you would prefer a more eye-catching and colourful tribute to the 1950’s there are a huge range of vibrant patterns to choose from. Look at printed fabric, cushions, lampshades and wallpaper and find a classic retro floral pattern in the colour pallet of your choice.
Use this for a feature wall or beautiful window dressing to make a focal point within your room and set off an accent colour. In order to keep your design clean and bright, generally, avoid using a lot of different colours and instead stick to a handful of similar shades. Furthermore use the darkest colour as an accent for chairs, rugs or lampshades to avoid the room becoming dark and oppressive.
On the other hand, although most people think of retro style as very colourful, it can in fact be much more muted. Consider creating a black and white colour scheme or shades of browns and beiges with mustard or orange as an uplifting accent. Similarly, if you have the space, it can look truly effective if you create an all white space inspired by the retro look.
For example, use a white gloss kitchen, white SMEG refrigerator, white tub chairs, bar stools and accessories. Create a final statement by having a vivid splash back or one single bright flower. This finish with its retro inspired shapes and textures is very impressive but only truly works if you can maintain the minimalist finish required.
To whatever extent you would like to bring retro in to your home, as the article explains, it can be done in truly novel, contemporary and unique way. With clever selection of colours you can create a bright and funky pad or a calm and sophisticated sanctuary.