How to Blend Retro Pieces Into Your Modern Home

August 28, 2018

How to Blend Retro Pieces Into Your Modern Home

Ever wonder why people still buy records even though that same music is probably available on a streaming service?
 
There’s something nostalgic about listening to a record that a computer or smartphone can’t emulate. Audiophiles will say records have a certain sound that digital platforms lack. That’s why there’s still a high demand for them in 2018 despite the advent of Spotify and Apple Music.
 
Finding the right balance between retro and modern styles is no different in interior design. You might have a home on the contemporary end of the spectrum, but you’re also into searching for retro pieces that pop. In order to do that well, you need to understand how they work in unison to create a unique look for your space.
 
Know Your Retro
Despite popular belief, retro is a little different than vintage. While both terms are rooted in referring to something that’s “old,” vintage generally describes items that are about 30-50 years in age. In short, it’s old without being really old.
 
Retro refers to something that is not only old but also somewhat dated and out of fashion at the time. You don’t see retro pieces everywhere you go. For example, if someone has a retro sofa as part of their home decor, you might not have seen that kind of sofa in years. It’s almost like you forgot it existed for a while and you’re entering a time capsule of sorts.
 
It’s also important to note that retro doesn’t have to mean pre-owned. There are plenty of new pieces that have a retro style at different furniture stores and furniture liquidators. It’s more about the look of that particular piece rather than how old it is and what thrift shop you found it at.
 
Break It Down In Pieces
Adding retro pieces should be a well-curated process that fits your home. The pieces should either do something for the space or mean something to you personally — both is even better.
 
What you’re not trying to do is remodel your entire home to make it look like The Brady Bunch house. Find pieces that complement the space and resist the urge to go big when you don’t need to. The last thing you want to do is have a hoarder shrine of old memorabilia from the 1960s that adds more clutter than style to your home.
 
Think about neat retro pieces you can add without losing the modern edge of your home. Perhaps that comes in the form of an old dresser that adds a certain “je ne sais quoi.” Or it could be a unique analog clock on the wall that brings character to your space. The goal is to let your creativity run wild and see what you can find at furniture stores and liquidators in your area.
 
Retro Doesn’t Have To Mean Expensive
A common misconception about retro pieces is that they cost an arm and a leg. While this can certainly range depending on the particular piece, you don’t have to break the bank introducing some retro design into your modern home.
 
Searching for antique coffee tables from the 1800s can be pricey, but you can get that same retro look just by visiting some local shops in your area. In fact, our three great Vancouver Island showrooms have a great selection of cool retro ideas and so does our site. We also carry a number of great brands like Ashley Furniture. The best part? We won’t be undersold!