It’s time to rewind… and celebrate National Retro Day! Pop the vinyl on the hi-fi, slip on those saddle shoes, or send a letter with a stamp. We’re all here for yesteryear, and that means we’re putting the spotlight on home decor with retro touches. These wall sculptures and furnishings have a throwback mid-century style mixed with modern-day elegance.
To set your own retro vibe, seek out furnishings with hairpin legs, tapered feet, or rounded geometric shapes. An openwork oblong console table or a Scandinavian credenza can instantly set the mood. When it comes to the walls, you can’t go wrong with atomic-age art, a boomerang clock, or sunburst decor. Minimalist pendant lighting, mod rugs, and statement table lamps all make fun complements.
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Whether your style is all-out retro or transitional with touches of the past, mid-century home decor is for you! According to Architectural Digest, the movement blossomed from early 20th century Modernism; characteristics of mid-century decor include simplicity of design, organic shapes, and emphasis on function.
You might be wondering how to incorporate this style into your home. Here are a few suggestions:
- Display an abstract metal wall sculpture with rounded, mod shapes.
- Swap out traditional magazine racks or accent tables for sleeker styles.
- Place a geometric area rug on the floor as a statement piece.
- Update an entertainment center with chic furniture in light or warm finishes.
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The start of a new year prompts us to look ahead, but maybe we need only to look to the past for a little inspiration. In the home, little accents go a long way toward a fresh start. A memento from years gone by may be just the thing to jump start your home decor for 2013.
The Dameisele Figurine is a throwback to the Roaring Twenties, age of juice joints and fierce femininity. This beauty lounges in an opulent chair, pink gown swishing about her ankles. She wears the modest half-smile so common in early photographs, but don’t let her fool you. Packed behind that dainty expression is a lot of moxie and a desire to live unbound. For vintage flair, let her lounge about on your vanity or accent table.
Friend to flapper fashion was the peacock—inarguably, the most fashion-forward bird in the animal kingdom. Its stunning plumage is a major staple of an art deco theme. Draped over a lounge or chair, the Peacock Feathers Throw Blanket is timeless elegance. Greens, purples, and blues fan magnificently across a black backdrop. Black fringe skirts the ends of the throw, while multicolored fringe borders the sides.
The Cosmic Firestorm Clock captures the retro essence of the Space Age. Celestial bodies twirl about a dark brown face with old-fashioned gold numbering. The earth-toned color palette is evocative of the 1960s fascination with nature. Mirror accents embedded in some circles provide an unexpected touch, making for a truly one-of-a-kind relic.
Finally, for a contemporary twist on old world Arabic flair, look no further than Casablanca Bedding. Colorful medallions and florals in sizzling pinks, lime greens, and baby blues are true to the intricate, geometric designs of this Moroccan style. This lively color palette will jazz up your bedroom and give it a distinctly antiquated look, without being too stuffy.
So this year, don’t struggle to keep up with the “next big thing”; inspiration is only as far away as a simple glance to the past.