10 Retro Decor Trends Making a Comeback

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We all know that trends are cyclical, so it’s no surprise that some home decor trends of the past will make a comeback. Retro and vintage-inspired decor is one of the most popular trends right now, whether people realize they’re retro or not! 


Here are the top 10 retro decor trends that are making their comeback! 


Bold colours

Retro style is all about bold colours! Think stereotypical ‘70s homes: oranges, yellows, reds, pink, green, blue — you name it! Ease into the bold by adding a pop of colour with neutrals. Something like a brightly coloured couch or rug is a great way to do this! 


Curvy shapes

Recent home designs have focused on sharp and clean geometric shapes. That’s getting replaced with the curvy furniture and decor of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Soft-edge tables, rounded chairs, and couches are the perfect way to complement the geometric-shaped elements you probably already have in your home! 



Velvet furniture has been popping up in a new, contemporary way that adds a touch of glamour to your space. The idea is for the velvet to blend in and complement your space, so choosing complimentary colours is the key here. Like adding yellow velvet throw pillows to your blue couch! There are many ways to add velvet to your decor; couches, pillows, lampshades, stools, or even throw blankets.


Art Deco

Art deco design is another shift away from the clean, minimalist approach to modern decor, pushing it to something artsier and a little kitschy. Think shell-shaped chairs, geometric lamps, and fun patterns! 

Kitschy tile

Say goodbye to white-on-white kitchens and bathrooms; colourful and patterned tiles are back! The opportunities here are endless, from checkered floors to a brightly coloured backsplash. It’s all about having fun and experimenting with colour! 


Retro-style appliances

Stainless steel appliances have had a hold on home design trends for the past few years, but now people are looking for something a little more retro. The classic ‘50s style of pastel colours with chrome accents is making its comeback! 


Wood panelling 

Don’t worry — we don’t mean the dark wood panelling in your grandma’s house. The modern take on wood panelling brings slimmer slats, smooth surfaces, and neutral tones to add depth and texture to your space.


Rattan and wicker

For the past few years, wicker and rattan furniture have been a staple of outdoor decor, but it’s not just for the patio! Wicker, rattan, and bamboo are durable pieces that can make amazing statement pieces and add a natural element to your decor.


Conversation pits

This is controversial in the interior design community; some people love them, but some hate them! Conversation pits are sunken spaces, usually in the living room, that creates a space for people to hang out and an “intimate” environment for conversation. A modern twist on conversation pits can include more neutral tones and sleeker flooring to take away some of that tacky ‘70s style people associate with them.


‘70s hippie style

The boho style isn’t necessarily a new one that’s coming back, but add some orange, red, and natural hues, and you’ve got ‘70s hippie style that will make your home a groovy, cozy, and natural space! The hippie style is the perfect complement to the houseplant trend! 

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