How to decorate: Vintage Retro

Vintage Retro has been a popular decorating trend for a little while and still remains just as popular.  It's a great way to re-use pieces from years ago that you've or your parents have had lying around at the back of the cupboard.  It can also be a lot of fun rummaging through second hand stores and garage sales to find key decorating pieces.  And if you grew up with some of these pieces, it'll be a trip down memory lane.  We show you how to decorate Vintage Retro successfully and the modern way.

Decorating Vintage Retro can easily be done with the correct colour palette and accessories.  Wallpaper is another way to add Vintage Retro to your room instantly.  Marimekko have some amazing Vintage Retro inspired wallpapers:

Marimekko Volume 01 Unikko Wallpaper

Marimekko Volume 02 Kaakaopuu Wallpaper

Marimekko Volume 02 Kippis Wallpaper

Marimekko Volume 02 Pieni Unikko Wallpaper

Marimekko Volume 02 Pieni Melooni Wallpaper

Be bold

Step out of your comfort zone with this bold Vintage Retro colour palette.  Blue, orange, yellow and red work well together with black and white.  This colour scheme is all about fun, pops of colour and making a real statment to remember.



Burnt Orange

Orange screams Vintage Retro, but burnt orange is a toned down version and works well with grey, brown, soft blue and green.  Burnt orange was used a lot years ago and still easily sourced today in new modern pieces and soft furnishings.  This colour scheme is all about hints of colour in a more relaxed way.




Mustard is a warm but fresh Vintage Retro colour.  It works well with grey, brown and white and a colour very reflective of the past.  For a more modern and up to date colour palette, use Mustard with grey purples and blue greys.  This colour scheme works well with all coloured timbers and a great way of adding life to any room without too much colour.




Not wanting to be too bold with your Retro Vintage?  Then think Pastels!  This airey colour palette brings calm to any room and is sweet enough to eat! 




If earthy tones are more your thing, then an Organic Vintage Retro colour scheme is your cup of green tea!  Think timbers, brown, black, grey and white and other muted tones.  Use your accessories and soft furnishings to bring interest to your room instead of colour.  Warm coppers and other warm metals also work well with this Organic colour palette.


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