6 retro trends that are making a comeback!

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  • Not too long ago, these era-defining trends had become totally passé, but they have been re-invented and are now top of the trends list for 2015. Will you love them the second time around?

    1. Rattan and bamboo furniture

    No longer confined to languishing in the conservatory, bamboo and rattan furniture is back and a totally acceptable addition to the living or dining room. Try au naturel or go for a glossy lacquered finish. It slips perfectly into a monochrome scandi-cool scheme or with the seventies back in a big way, it’ll fit right in amongst swathes of indoor plants and a macramé hanging.

    Nipprig armchair, £50, Nipprig side table,
    £40, Ikea

    Lyra rectangular dining table, £299,

    Mickey dining chair, £60, Habitat

    2. Patterned carpet

    This may bring back memories of swirling patterns ripped up in a house renovation or your Nan’s hallway lined with a crazy, bright orange design. This one still isn’t for the faint hearted although it’s certainly a way to make a serious style statement and the latest designs are much easier on the eye! If the idea of a whole room overwhelms you, the stairs are the perfect place to start.

    Margo Selby for Alternative Flooring, Quirky B Fair Isle Reiko, £95per sqm, John Lewis

    Padstow candy spot carpet, £75 per sqm, Brintons

    3. Floral sofas

    Whilst the advert for ‘chuck out your chintz’ from a well-known retailer is still fairly fresh in the memory, this eighties phenomenon is back in a sense, but the latest reincarnation of these floral sofas and armchairs are actually bolder and brighter than before. It’s all about over-sized, painterly prints for this slightly eccentric, country-manor look.

    Margot 3 seat in Wisteria, Indigo and
Purple, £1,345, Sofa.com

    Sofa made in Jeffery Rose Tree in Golden Vintage velvet £120 perm, The Secret Garden Collection, Liberty

    Greenwich armchair, in Monsoon Calista blue, £779, Multiyork

    4. Forest Green

    So far this year we’ve seen plenty of green; a palette that goes from mossy green, zesty lime and kiwi to bright emerald and forest green, but it’s the smart shades or forest and emerald green that will continue to make an impact into Autumn Winter. Look out for John Lewis’ Indulgence trend for Autumn Winter (below), where this key colour punctuates the super-luxe look, with all the opulence of 1920’s art deco design. For a truly modern interpretation of this colour, pair it with white or layer it with other shades of green.

    Sneek peak into Autumn Winter 2015, John Lewis (Green marble box,
    £60, Green cut glass vase, from £30; Greta table lamp, £130, not available until August 2015)

    Visu chair in dark green,
    £249, Muuto range, Nest

    5. Walnut

    Walnut has long been associated with Mid-Century furniture, but the modern reincarnation of this style uses walnut or a veneer with a matt rather than shiny finish, in sculpted, sophisticated style. We’re seeing elements of metals ‘du jour’ copper and brass, which are a perfect match for it’s rich colouring. Furniture designers are also mixing walnut with ash and oak, which adds a smart element to less formal, crafted pieces.

    Vince walnut dining table, £795, Vince walnut dining chair, £140, Habitat

    Heal’s Discovers Rickard step stool, £295, by Luscombe & South, Heal’s

    6. Oversized floral print wallpaper

    There’s nothing understated about this trend, it’s all about full on colour and larger than life prints. It’s a nod to those out there and colour-loving designs from the sixties and seventies where bold florals were the order of the day. The key to this look for 2015 is the style of florals, which are hand drawn, painted or printed abstract designs in punchy pastels or primary colours.

    Papavera wallpaper, £36 per roll, Papavera collection, Sanderson Home

    Lotta wallpaper, £48 per roll, Levande collection, Scion

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