10 Retro Home Design Trends that Are Back

While not every retro design idea and element is back in (thankfully), there are lots of fun and attractive retro home design trends that are becoming popular again. Colours, patterns, shapes and design elements that were popular years ago are coming back in fresh new ways.

Checkered Kitchen Floors

Remember that checkered kitchen floor look? It’s back! Retro kitchens are very popular right now, and one of the biggest trends is checkered floors. This look is easily accomplished if you tile your kitchen in alternating colours like black and white, red and white, or blue and white. It’s a fun look and adds a lot of personality to a kitchen.

Another trend that is in is painting wooden floors. So, if you have a wooden floor that could use a coat of paint, use a floor sander first and then consider a checkered pattern.

Sleek Furniture with Simple Lines

Furniture that has simple lines and an overall sleek look is also in. This furniture is very simple and isn’t fussy at all. The great thing about this trend is that it is coming back in new furniture, but you can also jump on the bandwagon with some thrift store finds.

If you do find the perfect retro piece, you can restore it to its original look or you can refinish it with a bright coat of paint, combining a retro look with a new trend. The key to making this look work is to keep all the furniture in a room or space simple. Don’t combine traditional pieces with retro pieces, since this will just end up looking too busy.

Wood Paneling

Wood paneling is another retro look that is making a comeback. Back in the day, entire rooms were paneled with wood, but now the trend is to panel just one wall or even a portion of a wall. This design element can be both beautiful and functional. A paneled wall can add a lot of interest and texture to a room and it can help divide a larger room into smaller spaces.

Adding wood to a wall behind a dining room table, to a half wall, to one wall at the end of a big room or to a wall in a nook can help define the space. Look for wood that has character to it by way of colour, texture or both. You can also use distressed wood for a more worn, antique look.

Old-School Fabric Patterns for Curtains and Throw Pillows

Geometric patterns with bright colours and flowing or straight lines are very retro and are coming back in the form of curtains and throw pillows. The beauty of using retro fabric is that you can use it to add a pop of colour and interest to almost any room.

Retro fabric is perfect for things like curtains and pillows because it is usually a repeating pattern. Even if it isn’t geometric, it repeats itself across the fabric, making it ideal for long curtains or visually interesting pillows.

Retro Wall Art

Wall art is an excellent way to bring a touch of retro into your home. This is a fun and creative way to bring colours, patterns and art into a room in ways that are reminiscent of times gone by.

Old advertisements, movie posters, lettering and modern art are perfect for framing and displaying in a living room, bedroom or game room. The old slogans and styles bring some charm that can’t be found anywhere else.

Old-Style Fireplace

What is cosier than an old-style fireplace? A retro fireplace can make a big statement. Look for one in an old-school colour or retro shape with clean, modern lines. Fireplaces come in all kinds of styles and there is no lack of retro pieces to choose from.

Colourful and Fun Accessories

Accessories like vases, planters, souvenirs, books, typewriters and kitchenware with a retro vibe are also in style. Collecting these finds and displaying them on shelves or in various places around a room creates a fun, relaxed look. These items usually feature bright colours, fun shapes and an old-school feeling, which can all add to the retro theme of a space.

Retro accessories are coming back to stores and you can buy them new, but you can also find these at antique stores, flea markets and thrift shops. If you are into finding old treasures, hunting these down can be a fun hobby that adds style to your home.

Charming Lighting Fixtures

Retro-style lighting fixtures are coming back too! These funky lights are perfect for adding some interest and a little spunk to a room. Retro-themed lights come in all different colours and types. Reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues are common colours and match most decor styles.

You can find these lighting fixtures in the form of floor lamps, desk lamps, wall sconces and even hanging lights and chandeliers.

Shag Rugs

What would a retro comeback be without shag carpet? While an entire room in shag might be a bit too much, shag rugs are in. These rugs are usually done in bright colours and the carpet is longer, so they have a lot of texture. You can either buy them new or find them at flea markets and thrift shops. All you have to do then is hire a carpet cleaner to deep clean them and try adding one to a living room, another one under a kitchen table or even in a long hall.

Mirrors and Clocks

Mirrors and clocks are perfect for retro styling because they come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll notice mirrors and clocks with geometric patterns and thick, decorative frames are hitting the shelves again. One of these is the perfect finishing touch to a stylish, retro room.

Bold colours, geometric patterns, sleek lines, wood paneling, shag carpets and other charming retro styles are back. Sometimes these items are revisited almost exactly as they were when they were first popular and other times they have come back with a fresh take and a more modern twist. If retro is your thing, you’re in luck. Adding retro styling to your home is almost as easy as it was the first time it was in style.


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Lauren King

Lauren works in our Ecommerce Team, with over 6 years of experience at HSS. She brings product knowledge and is able to give her advice on the right tool for the job no matter how big or small.


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