The Retro-Scandi interior design style is a creative combination of both the retro and Scandinavian themes. Both of these aesthetics feature completely contradicting features as individual styles, which is why their combination is so challenging to accomplish, yet so amazing to behold. So further, let’s take a look at how you can introduce the Retro-Scandi theme in your interior designs.
1. Color Scheme: Bold & Understated
The retro style is bold by nature, while the Scandinavian style is understated and emulates natural tones in its aesthetic. So while going for a classy Retro-Scandi interior design theme, you need to be especially careful about selecting your color palate. This image shows a great example of how you can accomplish this – the bold red and black splashes used sporadically throughout the space carefully balance out the neutral tones.
2. Patterns: Medium Scaled
For the Retro-Scandi look to seem distinct and individualistic, you need to introduce some manner of patterns in the space. Sounds easy, right? Here’s the hook – these patterns need to be bold yet understated at the same time. This can be challenging to accomplish, but the herringbone inspired backsplash in this kitchen is a great example of how to be statement-worthy yet underrated at the same time.
3. Accessorize boldly
The color scheme of this kind of an interior style is leaning heavily towards the Scandinavian side, which is why your accessories and decoration pieces need to emulate the boldness of retro. The stylish, geometric themed pendent lights along with the décor in this image is a great way for you to emulate the Retro-Scandi theme in your homes.
4. Be crazy with your understated
If you want to remain understated with the entirety of your theme because bold is not your style, then you need an extra oomph to emulate the retro side of the aesthetic. If you look at this image, you’ll see a totally plain ambiance, but had it not been for the trendy, geometric patterned tiles, there would have been no retro in this Retro-Scandi interior design.
5. Furnishings: Dichotomous
As far as furnishings go, your Retro-Scandi interior designs need to feature the best of both worlds. This image is a great example of how you can combine the two aesthetics through varying furniture items. The bar stools are clearly a retro indulgence while the couch is a comfy Scandinavian piece, and both make for harmonized visual connection of the two styles.