Retro Style 5 Ways

Get the retro look in your home with these inspirational ideas

living room with sofaset with cushions and rug on floor

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The key to this retro living room look is keeping the colour palette simple and picking one main accent colour, is this case the popping orange. By using a bright orange, velvet fabric on the cocktail chair, it creates a strong retro vibe that contrasts with the dark wood furniture.

sitting room with wooden cupboard and printed wall

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Again in this retro living room, the furniture remains dark wood and it's the wallpaper that creates this strong theme. The retro look is often achieved through a bold, geometric pattern and you'd have to be brave to go for this design.

dining room with wooden table with chairs

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The starting point for this gorgeous dining room scheme was, of course, the unmissable wallpaper (Melinki Tree Circles by Scion). It brings in the perfect mix of colour, drama and funky retro style that is surprisingly easy to live with as long as the rest of the scheme is kept relatively simple.

dining room wth shelves on wall and table with chairs

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In contrast, this dining scheme has gone for lots of bright colour in their furniture choice to create this funky retro look. It's a lot easier to live with and easy to change if you change your mind on your look.

kitchen room with kitchen chimney and shelves on wall

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This pretty kitchen has achieved its retro look through accessories as well as the cute apple tiles. The use of lots of colour stops it becoming too scary and keeps the look fun and playful.

kitchen room with kitchen accessories

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A great place to get fab retro kitchen accessories is Orla Kiely. Her signature style is a 60's/70's vibe using a strong colour palette that's really key to this look.

kitchen room with wall clock on wall and dining table with chairs

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Another take on the retro kitchen look though this time it's all about the floral wallpaper, the patterned table cloth and the simple furniture. If you're going to use a bold wallpaper, best to keep the rest of the look simple.

study room with wooden flooring and wooden desk with chair

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To achieve the retro look in an office, then you have to invest in the right sort of furniture, in this case a great desk and matching chair. The retro look features lots of bare wood and this G-Plan style desk is a classic.

keepsakes and accessories in office

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Displaying treasured keepsakes and accessories in an office is a great way to show off real retro gems, or even replicas. A narrow shelf can easily hold an enamel tray or old school camera.

room with wooden flooring and white walls

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You can even get the retro look in your hallway! Again its all about the furniture but also this time the mirror is making a real style statement. Plus if you've got some great retro accessories, this a great place to display these too.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.