There has been a big renaissance in nostalgic prints that can be seen with the success of interior designers from Liberty to Orla Kiely. Traditional style is a mainstay of home décor. And like every style, it evolves with the trends. Post-war patterns and prints have had a real renaissance in decorating trends and blend in perfectly with both traditional and contemporary room designs.
The impact of post-war prints has been significant in influencing current decorating trends. Geometric and floral prints using bold hues such as green, red and yellow, have never been so popular. In the 1950s there was a new post-war wealth and the start of DIY with a corresponding more affluent and luxurious look. The TV show Mad Men, has spurred on the nations appetite for mid-century furniture and fabric design.
Geometric graphic prints look great on upholstered furnishings such as an armchair or sofa. Choose the main focus of the room for the print such as an armchair or feature wall. A clash of two geometric prints, for example between a blind, with a contrasting print on a cushion or rug is very effective.
Coordinate post-war casual nostalgic graphics with mid-century furniture or accessories such as a vintage-style radio or telephone
Make a focal point of a decorating scheme by adding a feature wall or curtains in the bright prints and linear patterns the nostalgic style calls for. Accessorise with a bold nostalgic print on tableware or a lampshade.
Choose ceramic tiles with a geometric graphic print and make them a focal point of a kitchen or bathroom splashback design.
Add some recycled fifties style furniture to your home decorating scheme. The casual graphics trend will fit seamlessly into any home and add a modern twist of nostalgic charm.
Use to bring fun and pattern to a room. Choose good-value printed fabrics, such as practical, washable cottons. Use for tablecloths, blinds, curtains, cushions and seat covers. Pick a three or four-way colour scheme, as shown here, and stick within this colour group, but mix fabric designs together for an informal look. Team with furniture in retro, rustic, Shaker, pared-down prairie style or painted English country styles, and add patterned crockery on open shelves.
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These decorative handmade tiles create a simple, country look that is both pretty and stylish.
Violets tiles, £2, Milagros
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