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HOW TO CREATE A RETRO RETREAT IN YOUR HOME

Embracing a retro look doesn’t require a full room makeover. A few simple twists can do the trick, say interiors experts Laura Vyreck and Bryony Disbury. They share their top vintage-inspired decorating tips below

1. Customise your furniture

‘I love to customise my retro collections putting them in rooms that you wouldn’t normally associate them with,’ says founder of LillyLoray.com Bryony Disbury. ‘Create a home that is unique to you, and don’t be afraid to change the use of your retro item. If it’s a bench you don’t have to keep it outdoors – you can use it in your kitchen or hallway, and if it’s a dresser you can use it in your bedroom to keep your make up in or lounge to house books.’

2. Invest in a cocktail bar

‘This is the must have retro statement for any home,’ says Disbury. ‘Think outside the box and choose a colourful piece or add pattern to an existing wooden piece like a larder. Look for pieces which have a pull out drawer and make sure there is plenty of storage room for drinks and vintage-inspired glassware. It’s the stylish way to entertain your guests.’

3. Find storage solutions

‘I love to find antique apothecary drawers and Chinese medicine cabinets. You can use them in the kitchen or bedroom it is a wonderfully retro way to store any unwanted bits,’ Disbury advises.

4. Play with polka dot accessories

‘Nothing says “mod” like polka dot-printed linens or pillows,’ says Laura Vyreck, head of content and creation Art.co.uk. ‘This subtle wink to 50s fashion is both playful and sophisticated.’

5. Choose abstract art rich with geometric shapes

‘Art printed on wood like these retro pieces by New York artist Jerry Kott (pictured above) set a nostalgic tone,’ says Vyreck. ‘Bonus points if you can find oversized art laden with very-retro geometric shapes.’

6. Natural wood elements

‘Follow the retro theme with accent furniture in warm woods for a cohesive look that nods to mid-century modern design.’

7. Add a dash of kitsch

‘Animal figurines and quirky tabletop décor accents bring retro looks into the modern day in a cheerful way,’ adds Vyreck. ‘Have a little collection of trinkets? You can use those too. Just group them together on a tray or in a simple terrarium to turn them into an exciting centerpiece.’

8. Aim for minimalism

‘The key to achieving a specific look – and keeping it as lovely as the day you designed it – is keeping it clutter-free. Once you’ve decorated the room, only add functional items that serve a purpose.’

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