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HOW TO ADD RETRO STYLE TO YOUR HOME DECOR

Take a look through one of our recent interior design projects that uses retro decor at the heart of it’s interior style.

With preparation for the first moon landing taking place, Beatlemania gripping the world’s music industry, political unrest, JFK’s assassination and the UK’s first female Prime Minister to mention just a few momentous events in the 1960’s history, there really is no wonder the design industry changed drastically away from ‘functional’ design needed in post-war, to reflect a new era, one that was willing to literally bend tradition and form a whole new design movement.

Our project ‘Norman House‘, has incorporated a mix of decorative styles from the iconic 1960s that use clashes of colour, bold prints, and mid-century furniture designs.

Incorporating Mid Century Furniture Designs

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The green fabric sofa here that is an updated version of a 1960’s daybed, sits beautifully with the brown leather vintage reproduction that anchors the room’s decor, giving that ‘feel-good’ 60’s vibe.

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The Use Of Kitsch In Your Design

We’ve all heard of ‘kitsch’ but what is it and how did it come about? Design was pushing further boundaries in the late 1960’s and with Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, who designed with a purpose to push against the aesthetics of perfection, created designs that showed kitsch, irony and misproportions, this later became the trademark for postmodern design and influenced the Memphis Movement in 1981.

We’ve incorporated kitsch into our vintage retro-inspired design by using colour-clash misproportioned wallpaper and cushion covers that bring the design concept together.

Space Shapes And Rounded Edges

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The late-1960’s provoked interest in space and how people would live in the future.

With the Cold War raging and a near-constant fear of a nuclear disaster, design focussed on more ergonomic, less rigid geometric designs for lighting; creating spherical televisions, and radios that looked like space helmets and psychedelic artwork was flooding people’s homes. We have incorporated rounded shaped ceiling lighting to the dining table for a fun 1960’s design aesthetic.

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Kitsch designs and psychedelic patterns were made iconic in the late 1960’s.


If you would like to see the full project please head over to our portfolio pages or follow this link.

We always love to work with a great design concept and take it all the way through from concept to completed project. If you would like to arrange a design consultation with our team please get in touch via niki@nsid.co.uk or visit our contact page for more details.

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