With the cyclic nature of fashion and design, ‘80s looks are a hit and retro design elements coupled with vintage vignettes are currently all the rage. That is because classic items like rattan, vintage artwork and hanging dome pendant lamps adds charm and character to modern spaces.
Styling Gem Adams | Photography Wendy Fenwick
Incorporating a mix of decorative styles from different eras is one of the tricks of the trade for professional designers, but that does not mean you need to spend a stack of cash.
Decorating with reproductions, hand-me-downs, or a few vintage finds will give a room some stylish oomph without bankrupting your budget.
You can always give these items a coat of Resene paint to refresh their finish and tie them directly into your colour palette.
While the palette and textures in this space may have a strong nod to nostalgia, they’ve been spun in a way that feels much more contemporary than retro. Popular pastels of yesteryear have now been updated with muddier tones.
The wall in Resene Duck Egg Blue has been given a soft ’80s-esque texture using Resene FX Paint Effects medium with Resene Rolling Stone while the sideboard in Resene Inside Back both coordinates and contrasts.
The ’80s revival dining chairs combined with contemporary furniture forms, like the dining table and the sideboard, seal the look – but it’s the crisp Resene Half Orchid White dome pendant lamp, Resene Half Villa White floor and accessories in Resene Kalgoorie Sands, Resene Moccaccino and Resene Wedgewood that make this room really work.
While it can be tempting to keep your walls clean and simple in white, Resene Duck Egg Blue is the next best thing. It’s about as classic a colour as you can get, but it pairs well with a wide range of retro styles.
Background -Resene Half Villa White
A4 drawdown paint swatches (from bottom to top):
Resene Kalgoorie Sands
Resene Half Villa White
Resene Inside Back
Resene Gull Grey
Pottery-style bowl (with flowers) – Resene Kalgoorie Sands
Ribbed bowl – Resene Wedgewood
Vase – Resene Sea Change
Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.