Inspirations: A Retro Dream House

Retro is all about dated nostalgia – freaky patterns, kitsch wall papers, pop art paintings, rusty wall designs and a plethora of avant-garde furniture styles. While it may not be the most overrated interior design style, it certainly has that charm which comes with incorporating the literal essence of nostalgia within the spatial structure of a home. A retro interior is the very literal personification of the past, and as such, the space itself becomes an old world, period piece. Today, we will be looking at some of the very best retro interiors in our gallery.


1. The cluttered accessories

A part of the retro aesthetic consists of paintings and artwork done in the pop art style. There is a very unique and distinctive quality about the aesthetics of this kind of artwork that pretty much screams retro. To incorporate a series of this artwork within the interior pretty much defines the visuals and ambiance of the retro aesthetic. Add in a few accessories that have been designed in the image of the ‘80’s nostalgia and you’ve got yourself the base of all retro interiors.

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2. Simple and unadorned

Most people believe that the retro style can only be achieved by careful doling of very odd patterns along with funky colors and a cinematic ambiance. However, it can be condensed in a simple manner too. If you look at the interior below, you will see how exceptionally the plain navy blue of the walls has been juxtaposed with the retro white pattern of the bedspread.

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3. Through the lens

There is something very cinematic about the retro style – maybe it is the indulgence of that old-school vibe or maybe it is the unabashed clutter that defines the space. The image below demonstrates how this aesthetic can be defined within the limits of a movie makers’ perspective through just the right angles by choosing a creative and authentic color, material and furniture palate.

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4. The relevant furniture style

Some would argue that the very essence of the retro design has been imbued within the use of correct furniture formations. While true to some extent, the furniture does not define the entirety of this aesthetic. Other design interventions, such as colors and artwork along with the correct material applications play a huge role in enhancing the dated but artful impact of the furniture on the ambiance as a whole.

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5. Blinding and disco

The disco era is one of the foremost defining moments of the retro movement. The easy flashiness of it all, along with that distinguished playful vibe ended up defining the very broad spectrum of retro design. The image below shows one such interior where silver mosaic applications, along with a flashy red vibe define the overall retro aesthetic.

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