Retro Vibes at Home

What goes around, comes around and retro home accessories are trending! You may have heard someone refer to something as ‘retro’, but what does this style really mean?


Retro styling is a unique way of decorating your home with elements that reflect interiors of the past. It’s the revival of past design in your home however, it’s easy to confuse the meaning of retro with antique. To put it simply, antique refers to something that is over 100 years old whereas retro generally implies a vintage of at least fifteen to twenty years. The term antique can also refer to the actual construction of something, whilst retro refers to the appearance.

Wikipedia describes Retro style as “a style that is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the recent past. For example, clothing from the 1980s or 1990s could be retro.”

Here’s Why it’s so Popular

Retro pieces are synonymous with coolness! They acquire certain characteristics that imitate trendy features of the past and their place in the home enables self-expression. Some people have deep attachments to specific moments in time as they choose to showcase styles that were once the ‘go-to’ in personal appearance and home styling. People will often show their attachments to certain era’s by listening to the music they loved during their teens or styling their hair to match the fashion of a past decade.

Nostalgic accents add a touch of fun and flamboyancy to an interior, creating interest with popular trends of the past. We love a trip down memory lane and there’s no easier way to inject a dash of retro flair into your home than with quirky, retro accessories.

Jump on the Bandwagon

Mason Jars, used throughout American homes during the latter half of the 20th century for food preservation, intended for canning jams and holding drinks. Klara explains, “Mason Jars drip with nostalgia and exude an authenticity that somehow manages to be humble and sophisticated at the same time.”* Mason jars are at the height of their popularity and can be used for absolutely anything from food preservation to inspirational quote storage!

A 1970’s style velvet jewellery box, once a luxury piece of beauty storage desired by women across the western world, now a chic, functional (and inexpensive) style icon to jazz up the home. Gold frame velvet storage boxes are a fabulous way to initiate the WOW factor in interiors while simultaneously transporting you back in time with luxe materials and glamourous shades!

Our neon lamps strike the perfect balance of character and charming simplicity with exotic shapes, each with their own colourful glow. With a cactus neon light, flamingo neon light and pineapple neon light there’s a tropical design for everyone. Perfect for home bars, quirky bedrooms and maximalist interiors, these tropical inspired lamps will fascinate every guest as they gaze upon the retro qualities. Reminiscent of 1980’s pop culture, we can imagine these tropical neon lights on the TV set of Saved by The Bell or Back to the Future.

Final Thoughts

Don’t fear retro styling! It’s easy to get into the trend and you can’t go wrong with features that reflect your likes and connects to a time in the past that you admire. Introducing quirky and retro accessories into your home is a great way to stand out from the modern styles that we’re seeing all over our social media!

We love all things interior and we bet you do to! To inspire your home improvement projects we offer a hand-picked selection of stylish items to suit all interior designs. For more inspiration, tips and ideas, keep an eye out for our next home design blog!