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Modern Retro: Creating the Perfect Vintage Living Room

Date Published: Nov 28, 2013

Looking to add an extra dimension to your home? Giving your living room décor a vintage twist is a great place to begin. The retro look's versatility not only provides you the opportunity to make your room's design as all-out or as subtle as you want but will also make it easy for you to add a layer of personality and warmth to it, creating a welcoming, homely yet stylish look. Here are some top tips to achieving this successfully:

Start with the Right Seating

Tackle your room scheme with the right seating by opting for classical designer furniture. A classy black sofa or armchairs will look great as this colour is timeless, practical yet elegant and tend to contrast well with several shades. You can also choose a formal settee with rolled arms and solid-coloured upholstery. Then, accessorise your designer furniture with tasselled throw pillows. Whether you are in the UK, New Zealand, the US, or Singapore, there are now many furniture shops where you can buy these retro furnishings.

Opt for Real Wood Floors

These types of flooring suggest authentic vintage. A good example is Victorian boards or original parquets as this can give your interior design a really retro look. You can also buy this from salvage yards if you don't have wooden flooring or your current flooring is not up to scratch. You can also paint your floorboards as this is great for the retro style, but paint them with grey, instead of white as this hue is difficult to keep clean.

Select Shapely Pieces

When you buy designer vintage furniture, choose those with shapes that look great in a retro scheme, such as those modular styles, with sleek and clean proportions, and with chrome frames and legs. And to complete the look, opt for colours in sage, oranges, green, or ochre, aside from black.

Decorate with Rich and Natural Tones

To create a vintage twist to your modern interior, choose a dark wooden sideboard with sliding doors. Aside from being practical and useful, this can also serve as a great place to display some of your classic vintage accessories. Some earthy glazed potteries or Rimu bud vases fit attractively in this setting. And to add more colour tones and authenticity, opt for the restrained mid-century style chandeliers and floor standing lamps.

Illuminate in Style with Statement Retro Lighting

When it comes to vintage furniture décor, the designer retro metallic arc floor lamps with the huge lampshade that were popular during the 70s or the industrial aluminium pendant lighting fixtures of the late 60s are an integral part to it. Likewise, soft lighting suits the retro style so mix and match your lighting sources with standing lamps, table, desk, and pendant shade.

If you want to make your living room welcoming and comfortable, decoration g with the vintage look is the perfect way to do it. Follow these tips and add a vintage twist to your home.