The retro shabby-chic style is a combination of both its namesakes. It contains a half-and-half serving of the retro and shabby chic styles. Both are interesting in their own right, but look even more so when blended together in a beautiful manner. If you’re intrigued about how to transform your homes with it, here are 5 ideas for you to get started:
1. Quaint and old-school
If there is one common denominator between the retro and shabby-chic style, it’s how both of them are infinitely old-school and quaint. There’s a vintage charm about them that you have to translate within your spaces. You can do so by using furniture, lighting, and textures throughout your spaces that evoke such an aesthetic. Distressed wood, leather, and gold lighting are a good place to start.
2. Love, prints
Another common theme between the retro and shabby-chic style is the use of unique patterns. While the former is renowned for stunning boldness, the latter is more on the understated side. So, you’ll have to find patterns that present the perfect compromise between the two styles. The distressed monochrome striped pattern in this image is a great example.
3. Exacting the colours and textures
Both the retro and shabby-chic styles are best represented through a careful blend of the right colours and textures. You can capture the essence of both styles by choosing the right ones. Distressed wood, concrete, corrugated textures, and iron filigree can be used for the retro style. Light colours, vintage furniture, natural fiber rugs can be used for the shabby-chic style.
4. The furniture style
If you like sleek modern furniture, then this style is not for you. The retro shabby-chic look is best captured by featuring mid-century modern furniture. It looks the best when there is a vintage flair to the whole design. Retro bar stools, accessories, and shelves are also a welcome addition. Also, try to get fabric upholsteries that are plush in a vintage sort of way.
5. The right light fixtures
Just like everything else, the light fixtures that are used in the retro shabby-chic style also have to be thematically relevant. This means that you cannot be generic. Try to find dominantly retro fixtures. And if you want to go simple, then a simple fixtures with Edison bulbs can do the trick.