As the iconic Austin Powers once said, “Groovy baby!” Bring back the dazzle of the 60s and 70s with the retro style. Bright colors and eclectic patterns, which bring back some infectious hippy love, make for a trippy, psychedelic room. For those who want to create their dream retro space, here are some helpful tips.
First off, make a list of vintage or retro-inspired pieces to collect. For example, what retro room would be without Andy Warhol-esque art work, lava lamps or bold, printed carpets. Most of the retro stuff that you will need can usually be found at the flea market.
Once you are done with collecting a few vintage items, you can continue to build a room around these things. But you must decide what the focal piece will be for the room. Is it the egg chair, carpet, or art work? Also, when you decorate, make use of colors and prints. Nothing spells 60s and 70s than a splash of striking prints to spice up the room.
Here’s another tip for your retro look, hang shelves filled with cute display. Place trinkets -mixing the old (antique) and the new items together-creating a more vintage look. Not everything needs to be authentically vintage per se, just vintage inspired. For great pieces, you may want to drop by Heima, located at No.103 Three Brixton St., Brixton St. Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. They have awesome selections.
Complete the look with interesting light fixtures - from quirky chandeliers to retro lamps. You can simply dress up existing lamps that you have by giving it a new shade or throwing on a nice, thin scarf over it. But be careful as some textiles pose a fire hazard.
If you’re looking for something that will give the room more impact, re-do your walls with 70s-inspired wallpaper like the ones below. If it’s too much of a blast from the past, you can update it with chevron wallpaper in a more subtle color.