TREND#6: Retro

Retro is making it onto our top 15 list for the first time this year, even though it has been trending for a while now. We’ve seen it in the popularity of the Eiffel chair by Charles and Ray Eames, vintage signage and fonts being used in anything from butcheries to weddings and architecture drawing inspiration again from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian home concept from the first half of the 1900’s. A mix of styles from the 50’s, 60′ and 70’s made up of second hand and new objects presents a room that has sophisticated lines while being vibrant.

chair crazy

pembayastik & homedit

Retro style refers to new things that display characteristics of the past. It is mostly the recent past that retro seeks to recapitulate, focusing on the products, fashions and artistic styles produced since the Industrial Revolution, of Modernity. “Retro” suggests a half ironic, half longing consideration of the recent past; it has been called an unsentimental nostalgia, recalling modern forms that are no longer current.(Source) The materials being used are typical of a post- mechanized era but pre-computer technology. Materials like pressed wood and veneers, moulded foam and polypropelene are used to make everyday functional furniture.

floral fancy

dot and bo & house to home

Pretty and bright floral patterns in both random and regular patterns are an easy way to introduce the style through prints and scatters.

pretty prints

designmom & anne sage

Display pretty kitchenware in retro patterns or vintage boardgames as quirky and inexpensive wall art.

let there be light

bespoke lights & anglepoise

Retro lighting has such wonderful forms that you most likely own some already! Opt for a 70’s colour palette or try oversized for a contemporary twist.

retro rooms

welke & interior junkie

Retro can be fun too! Use old pieces from thrift stores and combine them with other essentials to create a warm and colourful nursery or kid’s room.


 muy ingenioso & etsy

Rethinking that sentimental piece that you’ve been storing in the attic for years can turn it into a functional piece of furniture or a nostalgic display. With a some love and a bit of paint in a cool colour it can be transformed into a covetable focal!

Happy Decorating!


Find your unique decor style

For years I have been searching to define my own decor style. I bought a load of books, almost broke the internet and kept visual references to figure out exactly where I fit in.

After all the research I found out that rather than defining my style, I should have just blurred the lines and embraced all the different styles I like and mix them into my decor style.

I would like to share three styles I’m particularly fond of: Retro, Romantic and Minimalist. Take what inspires you from each style and mix it into your decor.

Retro revival

I love celebrating good design from eras gone past. The lines and color combinations of retro style really excites me.



retro3 cocorosetextiles

Mini minimalist

My secret wish is that I could live more minimalistic. Having room to show off some beautiful pieces and a hall of a lounge to dance around in. Maybe one day …


minimalist2 cocolapine


Hopeless romantic

I love adding a bit of romance to my interior style. It plays on all the senses. Scented candles and flowers, lace and soft velvet, fairy lights in all forms and vintage items for a bit of nostalgia.




If you have a bit of time and want to play around, why not try this quiz from Houzz? It’s loads of fun!

Happy styling,

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