How to create a retro chic home decor

The summer season is an excellent time to update your home decor. A lot of people choose to skip, or shorten a holiday abroad, and instead invest in redecorating their home. The benefit of decorating and refurbishing in summer, is that the winter collections are on sale. You can get some great design furniture for 10-30% less than if you would buy it in autumn or winter. Retro chic home decor is one of the hottest trends. Influences from the 1950s and 1960s, Scandinavian design, and Mid-century Modern design, are much coveted styles to create that retro chic look. But how do you create a retro chic home decor with contemporary furniture? Here are 5 tips:

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1. A button-tufted chair

Nothing screams 1960s more than a comfortable button-tufted chair on high pegs. More than just a decoration or simple accent, buttons add curves and texture to chairs. Curves are one of the most distinctive features of retro chic design.

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2. Brass details

The 50s were also Hollywood’s golden era. The glamour and glitz also influenced interior design with a style called Hollywood Regency. Mirrored furniture, abundant use of metalics, and opulent fabrics characterized the old Hollywood glamour everyone was aiming for. These days, one would rather opt for accents and accessories like a brass lamp, to inject extravagance to the decor.

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3. Small, feminine furniture

The 50s and 60s furniture designs were often small and feminine in shape. No bulky large sofas, but rather elegant cocktail chairs spruced up the living rooms.

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4. Marble occasional tables

Back in the days, it was super hip to entertain. Cocktail parties at home where a weekly recurring thing. Occasional tables and end tables that you could easily move around were therefore indispensable. To uphold the chic style one would opt for marble, or glass with brass tables. The contemporary marble tables, like the one in the above photo, are a mixture of retro glam and sleek Scandinavian modernism.

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5. Curvy furniture

The Hollywood Regency style as well as Mid-century modernism celebrated curvy furniture in soft pastels like pink, turquoise, yellow, and black-and-white checkerboard. Although contemporary designs are bit more bulky and streamlined, it still has that retro feel to it.

In the end, it is the combination of different elements that pulls of the style. Don’t overdo it, but choose a few pieces that are conversation starters, and build your other furniture around them.

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