Many homes that stay stagnant on the market are often those that are outdated with rooms that our grandmothers inspired. Luckily, it seems some of these styles are making a comeback and are again becoming a desired piece of design. Looking at homes to be renovated with custom design may be getting a little easier through these coming back into style. When looking for a home to custom design, save a few dollars and choose a home with these designs built in.
Rounded shapes and bolder colors are coming back, and retro style appliances fit right into that equation. Colorful Big Chill and SMEG throwback refrigerators are popping up more and more in makeovers I see, especially in shared work spaces, event venues, and second or rental homes—where you might not need as big of a unit. Inspired by their wood burning stoves of the 1920s, Bertazzoni introduced their Heritage Series Range, which features old school inspired rounded chrome knobs, bright chrome handrails, and stainless steel trim. And retro countertop appliances with curvy lines are really becoming a thing again.
Globe Pendant Lights
Simple singular pendants, clusters, or a linear arrangement add a modern twist to the retro style. Lighting trends still run the gamut from ornate chandeliers to minimalist fixtures, but we’re starting to see more examples of 60s-era globe pendant lights. Bring in these rounded lights with square furniture to bring some contrast into the room design.
The first piece of wicker furniture landed in America on the Mayflower in 1620 — a wicker baby cradle — and became a staple piece of furniture from the Victorian era until the 1930s. It had a brief revival in the ’60s and ’70s, but today it’s come back with a boom. Its difference, however, is that it’s used sparingly in the home so as not to create a matchy-matchy, dated look.
While shiny brass was big in home design circa 1995, today the look is more muted. Champagne bronze is fresh and subtle. Add in this muted gold through kitchen faucets, knobs and showerheads in the home.
Use these for ceiling coverings, backsplashes and more in the home for a subtle pop of retro decor without overwhelming the room.
Mustard, Greens and Oranges are Back
Remember grandma’s furniture you gave to Goodwill a few years back? You’re going to be kicking yourself for that now. It’s not a color that will be to everyone’s taste, but boy, do yellows pair well with neutrals like navy, black, and charcoal gray.