Take a peek at the most liked interiors on Instagram, and you will spot several pieces of retro décor. That is because classic items like teak consoles, vintage globes, and hanging chairs add charm and character to modern spaces. In fact, incorporating a mix of decorative styles from different eras is one of the tricks of the trade for professional designers.
But that does not mean one must spend a stack of cash to infuse a space with retro style. Decorating with reproductions, hand-me-downs, or a few vintage finds from a local flea market will give a room some stylish oomph without bankrupting your budget.
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Midcentury Modern Daybed
A midcentury daybed reupholstered in orange tweed fabric anchors this tiny living room seen on Homepolish. A retro striped camping blanket adds to the sofa's charming appeal. On the right is a burgundy leather armchair from the 1970s.Continue to 2 of 28 below.
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Tips for Creating a Retro Entryway
Several entryway essentials make this tiny foyer by the designers at Studio McGee so appealing. The iron and leather bench is an industrial charmer. Both the analog clock and sports pendant are vintage reproductions with a distinct yesteryear vibe. The wicker basket is a midcentury-inspired accent that doubles as storage.Continue to 3 of 28 below.
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Create a Retro Feature Wall
Interior stylist, Rikki Snyder transformed a boring wall into a retro feature thanks to a quirky collection of vintage globes and old school desks. The hanging chairs add a touch of whimsy to the overall look.Continue to 4 of 28 below.
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Apartment Inspired by Midcentury Modern Design
The classic Chesterfield love seat gives the space an elegant twist. The modernist inspired console under the TV lends a Mad Men vibe. The retro "ice" sticker on the fridge brings a touch of whimsy. The Cord Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill on the ceiling and the Atlas Floor Lamp by Adesso are both excellent examples of industrial-inspired lighting.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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Vintage Home Office Furniture
Vintage furniture is ideal for tiny spaces because homes used to be much smaller. In this 530 square foot Paris apartment by Marion Alberge, an old wood desk and a vintage bookcase are both retro pieces that make the most of modest floor space.Continue to 6 of 28 below.
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Black and White Floor Tiles
A kitchen stuck in the 1970s gets a refresh by Holly Mathis Interiors. The result is a bright, white space brimming with enduring style. The checkered, black and white floor, which is reminiscent of vintage diners, gives the kitchen a pinch of retro flavor.Continue to 7 of 28 below.
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Consider a Gossip Bench
Nothing adds retro glamour to a space like a gossip bench. It was a nice to have when telephones were stationary objects. The one in this entryway by Havenly is a new piece of furniture by Jonathan Adler.Continue to 8 of 28 below.
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Retro Record Player
This minty fresh living room by Dream Green DIY has many retro accents, but two things, in particular, grabbed our attention. Anchoring the space is a teak console. On top is a cute record player by Crosley.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Charming Cottage Kitchen
This adorable cottage kitchen by Sarah Phipps Design packs a lot retro charm. The wood planks used to create the feature wall came from the home. The kitchen cabinets were picked up for cheap at a local thrift store. The pink, vintage-inspired fridge is by SMEG. The task light over the sink is the Starfire Radial Wave Reflector Gooseneck Light by Barn Light Electric.Continue to 10 of 28 below.
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Decorate With Retro Toys
Decorating with vintage-inspired toys is a fun and affordable way to add a little retro style. In this small New York City bedroom by The New Design Project, a reproduction tin robot (it cost less than $25!) becomes whimsical décor.Continue to 12 of 28 below.
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Retro Danish Sofa from the 1960s
This Danish midcentury modern sofa from the 1960s is the perfect fit for this small living room by French interior designer Marion Alberge. Paired with simple furnishings and pops of color, it creates a sense of spaciousness in a small room.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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Retro Kitchen With Modern Appliances
This retro kitchen by Jackson Design and Remodeling takes a step back in time without forfeiting contemporary conveniences.
While the buttercup yellow oven looks vintage, it is actually a modern appliance from Elmira Stove Works. The new, fireclay farmhouse sink reminds us of simpler times. Concealed behind a shaker cabinet panel on the far right is a spanking new dishwasher. The new tile countertop is a practical feature that is more durable than retro Formica and much cheaper than stone. The finishing touch is a vintage yellow step stool.Continue to 14 of 28 below.
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Midcentury-Inspired Fireplace Wall
In this sleek 1960s ranch house remodeled by Jennifer Weiss Architecture, midcentury-inspired tile adds old-school interest to a fireplace wall. Classic furniture contributes to the home's retro appeal. On the left is a Womb chair and ottoman set by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. The coffee table, which has a rosewood top, is also by Saarinen.Continue to 15 of 28 below.
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Retro Laundry Room
Make washing your clothes more enjoyable with these stylish decorating ideas by Harvey Jones. Shaker cabinets in vintage pastel shades give this laundry room a cheerful twist. A launderette display sign adds a nostalgic spin. Additional retro touches that are also charming include a vintage-inspired radio and a colorful, tiny tile backsplash.Continue to 16 of 28 below.
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Shiplap Wall Paneling
Modern farmhouse accents can give a space a little retro appeal. In this garage conversion by Spazio Designs Los Angeles, shiplap wall paneling adds old-school character to a newly remodeled bathroom.Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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Eclectic Bungalow Filled with Chic Decor
Mixing furniture and decorative accents from different periods is a great way to personalize a space. Case in point, this chic bungalow by interior design firm Scheer and Company.
The cabriole style sofa features a refined carved wood frame inspired by 18th-century furniture makers. The sleek chrome and glass coffee table dials in the disco era. The wicker and leather armchair is an eclectic piece from the 1960s. The set of Marcel Breuer "Cesca" chairs around the dining table enhances the room's retro-modern vibe. The brass chandelier is a contemporary fixture by Lindsey Adelman.Continue to 18 of 28 below.
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New Furniture That Looks Retro
If vintage décor is not your thing, you can get a retro look using brand-new furniture as shown in this space by Kelly Martin Interiors.
The Sputnik Chandelier by Jonathan Adler is a contemporary fixture inspired by the iconic, atomic designs of the 1950s. The Dylan dining table and Roadhouse leather chairs both by CB2 enhance the room's old-school vibe.Continue to 19 of 28 below.
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Retro Loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
If we created a time capsule for 1960s décor, it would include the iconic bamboo swing chair shown on the left. This retro Brooklyn loft by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design also features an exemplar from the art deco age: the bamboo Pretzel Sofa by Paul Frankl. Topping off the floor is a flokati rug, which was a staple in fashion-forward homes throughout the 1970s.Continue to 20 of 28 below.
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Mod Bedroom With Retro Features
This mod bedroom by Geoffrey DeSousa Interior Design has several eye-catching retro accents. The green shag rug is a shout out to the 1970s. The midcentury-inspired table lamps are ceramic. In the foreground is a vintage chair and ottoman set called Womb by Eero Saarinen.Continue to 22 of 28 below.
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Retro Hawaiian Style
The interior designers at Havenly call this colorful and mod interior Mrs. Hula Hut. The retro living room has deep, midcentury modern roots from the playful color scheme to the low slung furniture. Whimsical vintage accents including the barware on the salmon console and the pink flamingo bust over the wall planter complete the look.Continue to 23 of 28 below.
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Nothing transforms a space like a chic, vintage sideboard. The best part? You can find a decent selection at most large flea markets. You can use this piece of classic furniture in any room to add retro flair as shown in this home staged by design company Taylor and Taylor.
In the entryway, a vintage sideboard makes a great landing strip with concealed storage. In the living room, it can hide liquor and drinkware while displaying photos and books.Continue to 24 of 28 below.
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Vintage School Maps
Filling an empty wall with a large vintage map is a great way to add retro style to any room. In this Brooklyn nursery by Lindsay MacRae Interiors, a set of pull-down school maps make a quirky statement.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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Retro Star Wars Boy's Room
The force is with this vintage-inspired bedroom by Joni at Lay Baby Lay. Setting the tone for this retro-futuristic space are the prints of Boba Fett and Hans Solo from the 1980 Star Wars Film, The Empire Strikes Back. The faux wrought iron bed frames have that old-timey look without the hefty price tag. The Sputnik style ceiling fixture enhances the room's sci-fi vibe.Continue to 26 of 28 below.
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Blogger's Retro Living Room
The blogger behind Design Attractor says decorating his retro living room is a never-ending story. Near the back wall is a chic midcentury console. The plants on top give the space a 1970s vibe. The white molded plastic rocker is by Eames. The leather accent chair is a flea market find. The retro coffee pot is vintage enamel. The white bookcase is from IKEA.Continue to 27 of 28 below.
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