The ‘retro’ we know today is a culmination of several ideas that have been omnipresent in the 4 major decades of the late twentieth century. The 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s defined the very last legs of the retro interior genre. They were rich in style and hung somewhere between high-style futuristic and creatively dissonant.
The styles of that era took inspiration from the socio-economic trundles that were plaguing the general public at the time. They were also inspired by the mainstream media and art movements. Movies like Pulp Fiction and television shows like Friends are the main pop-culture references of these eras.
Today, it is a combination of all these aspects that defines the retro aesthetic of the contemporary world. Let’s look at some features of these decades!
1) Biomorphic Furniture
This kind of furniture comes in all manner of funky shapes and sizes. Available in plastic, it is supposed to represent the futuristic ideas at the time. Italian designers are at the forefront of this movement, and many avant-garde pieces of furniture are appreciated at the time. Many of these could be fit in a contemporary style interior even today.
2) Funky Colors
Bright, funky and neon colors are one of the must-haves of any retro interior design. These are the characteristic of this movement, and it is inspired by the pop-art and Memphis movements back in the day. Nowadays, contemporary retro interiors has a fine balance of light and dark tints to balance out the ambiance.
3) Geometric Shapes
This is inspired by the Memphis movement which is all about incorporating unique geometrical shapes within an interiors. It is topped off with psychedelic colors to boot. Meanwhile, this intervention is extremely disco-like in aesthetic.
4) Retro Pop-Art
No retro interior design would ever seem complete without a pop-art piece hanging on a feature wall! The DVD cover of Pulp Fiction is a great example of this aesthetic. Furthermore, contemporary retro interiors can use turned pictures of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn as feature wall arts.
5) Vintage Patterns
Granny or floral patterns are the key to the retro aesthetic – especially during the 80’s. There was great demand for Laura Ashly products. In this 21st century, the flowery wallpapers is still able to emulate the 80’s nostalgia.
6) Wooden Accents
Wooden accents are a 90’s darling. Along with white themed kitchens, wooden accents were high in style during the previous time. Not only did they add a bit of rusticity to the aesthetic, they brought on a timeworn spin about the interiors that is appreciated even today.