Let’s Rave About Retro – Why Anyone Can Work Mid Century Modern

Retro vibes are everywhere at the moment, and love it or hate it, mid century modern is BACK. This time round however, the look is much more subtle.

The idea is to inject a hint of the 1950’s into your home, without going all out ‘Mad Men.’

 The effect? Totally striking, up-to-the-minute interiors with a clear retro influence, minus the outdated garishness.

Photo credit: Laura Stuckey (coffee table from Swoon Editions)

“Sounds complicated” we hear you moan, and yes there is a balance to be struck, but we’re here to help and have 5 top tips so that you can get it just right.

1. The Décor

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Don’t feel you have to do bright colours top to toe; it’s much more current to bring the bold hues in delicately. We recommend keeping walls white or grey, furniture walnut and limiting the colour pops to your accessories.

If it were us, we’d choose just one bold colour – take your pick from the classics – mustard, avocado, blueberry, cerise, or citroen. Perhaps introduce some monochrome alongside, for a super cool take on retro.

We love this combination of cushions from the Sainsbury’s Home Helsinki range, both under £15.



If you’re feeling brave, you could try a graphic wallpaper on one wall to add some real charisma and interest to your space. Try to avoid conflict between décor and accessories; if you choose to make a statement it should stand out. Don’t confuse things with clashing colours and patterns.

2. The Lighting

An overarching, metallic floor lamp is a must and a globe ceiling light would add a funky finish.

 Wayfair, £86.99

£30.98 from Ebay seller LightingMyLife.

Feather lamp shades are also making a comeback and we love the softness they add to a room, not to mention their potential for getting your friends talking.

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3. The Furniture

Ikea has come into its own on this one. You’ll find plenty of retro influences in their furniture aisles, with their armchair range being particularly triumphant.

A heavy dresser on skinny legs would really show your house guests you know what you’re doing and we’ve spotted some awesome Ikea hacks to get the look. Perhaps one for our ‘How To’ list.

4. The Floor

We love warm wooden floors, especially in parquet arrangements. Keeping the floor neutral, along with your walls gives you so much more scope to be playful with the extras. It’s also much safer as a long term investment; we all know how much we love to change our minds. Team it with a shaggy rug for cosiness and hygge.


5. The Accessories

Mid century modern is all about nature and bringing the outside in. That means house plants. Lots and lots of house plants; all in 4 legged planters where possible. Oh how we love that look.

£12, Matalan

Big statement geometric vases fit perfectly with this scheme too, (£29.99 Zara Home) and why not try a statement sunburst mirror as the perfect finishing touch (34.99 H&M). Remember no room (least of all a retro room) is complete without a Roberts Radio, but a vintage record player would be the ultimate je ne sais quois.



So there we have it. 5 things to get you thinking clearly about your retro style revamp.

Remember, interiors don’t have to be ‘all or nothing’. There’s nothing more stylish in our eyes than an eclectic space that blends a whole host of different influences. I have a retro desk in an otherwise boho bedroom – and I love it!

Don’t overthink things. As is always our motto, choose what you love – you’re the one who’s going to be living with it.

Homebirds Recommend…

If you’re thinking of going mid-century modern in your kitchen, or you just fancy incorporating some cool, retro vibes, we have some awesome products for you.

Our favourite appliance provider, Appliance House is currently offering up these beauties, all at great value prices! (Use the code HOMEBIRDS3 for an extra 3% off) They would look super stylish in any modern kitchen, and give your home a real wow factor. Well worth the investment we say. 

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