4 retro interior design trends that are making a comeback

It’s no secret that designers, both interior and fashion and everything in between, love to draw inspiration from the past. That’s why, every now and then, something truly retro rears its gorgeous head and becomes suddenly plastered across Pinterest and every interior magazine on the market.

A blast from the past can inject something unique and wonderful into your home. So, with that in mind, what retro interior design trends have made a comeback in 2018? And how can you incorporate them into your own four walls?

1. Florals

Once upon a time, florals would be plastered across every home in the country. That includes the floors, the walls and even the soft furnishings like couches, armchairs and cushions. Florals were a cornerstone of decorating in the 80s but they’ve made their comeback in a way that’s both subtle whilst continuing to be bold.

Rather than intricate pastel florals that leave your eyes feeling a little funny, oversized murals, strong colours and bold graphics are bursting all over Pinterest. What’s the key to making this trend work? Stick to florals that are abstract in their design, are painted or hand drawn, and in either bright pastels or bold primary colours.

But, at the end of the day, is there really such a thing as too much florals?

2. Rattan

Dating back a great deal further than the 70s and 80s, making furniture out of bamboo and rattan wood goes all the way back to tribal times when they would weave with wicker. But since the 70s, this trend has become somewhat banished to the conservatory, reserved for catch-ups between friends and family when the weather is neither too hot or too cold.

But times have changed, and it is now considered perfectly acceptable to have rattan furniture in your living room or even dining room. These classic designs fit with almost any style you may have going on in the house, and immediately make the vibe more relaxed and casual.

3. Mustard yellow

This is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down anywhere. Just take a look in any high street shop and you’ll see mustard popping all over the place. Back in the 60s, mustard was used as a way of adding a “pop” or accent of colour when a rich and warm tone was needed.

If you think things are looking a little plain around your home, then you’re in luck because bolder colours are re-emerging. Tobacco, camel and rust are creeping in, but there’s nothing bolder than mustard yellow; we predict that it’s colours like these that are going to push the safe neutrals out of the limelight.

4. Terrazzo

Terrazzo has its roots firmly in history. It was first used in 15th century Venice as a way of using up any leftover remnants of marble that were too pretty to throw away. Ever since then, terrazzo was used because of its durability and was very common in office buildings and schools in the 70s because of these reasons.

Terrazzo gets its speckled appearance because it is made up of chips from different rocks such as marble, quartz, glass and granite, all of which are suspended in cement.

The gentle speckles of terrazzo are making a fantastic comeback in 2018. It’s perfect for a stylish hard-floor; it provides a much warmer finish than marble and is much more interesting and unique than plain concrete.

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