Going all Rock n Roll Retro on your walls 1950’s style
Going Retro on your walls is not to everyone’s personal taste but it’s a trend that has certainly made its way back into vogue.
The Kitsch 1950s made dramatic changes in home interiors particularly about with design and materials. It was an era when plastic and chrome were introduced into the home especially in the typical 1950s kitchen with Formica.
The 1950s also introduced pastel colours such as turquoise, aqua, pink and yellow – known as cottage colours.
Modern day retro patterns are a fashion reminiscent of the past. Patterns inspired by the 1950s can be used to give your walls a distinctive retro ambiance, using the right technique of modern contemporary pattern and this seasons chic pastel colour palette to give your walls that distinctive retro look.
When choosing patterned wallpapers to achieve the 1950s inspired look opt for a bold botanical floral design. A great example of this vintage style is by designer Cath Kidston – the antique rose bouquet wallpaper £22.00 for a 10 metre roll wipe-able finish and printed onto high quality paper. http://www.cathkidston.co.uk/
Another idea to consider when choosing a 1950s retro print on the wall is a sketchy pattern, the typical design in this era was a delicate leaf pattern. To achieve a perfect modern wall with the 1950s inspired look, try wallpapers from the Danish company Ferm living (The very special collection) http://www.ferm-living.com/ A great example of this design is ‘Retro Leaves’ printed on wallsmart wallpaper (non-woven fleece) using the traditional surface printing technique that gives the wallpaper a very unique and stencil-like look.
Abstract was also a very fashionable trend in the 1950s – typical styles used were off-white and pastel shades used with geometric squares. Typical trends of the era featured kitchen themes with leaves.
In the 1950s it was very popular to use two different type of patterns of wallpaper to decorate just one room, the modern-day take is to use just one pattern of design and use it as a main feature wall.
This season’s key colour is certainly all about the chalky pastels, perfect to achieve a modern day 50s retro vibe, the key this season when using these sugary shades of pastels is to mix it with lots of rich textures.
More fantastic ranges here from Little Greene 50’s line http://www.littlegreene.com/wallpaper/collection/50s-line-papers
To achieve the traditional 1950s look with original patterns and designs take inspiration from http://www.vintagewallpaperonline.com
Secondhand Rose in New York represents the largest collection of vintage wallpaper with collections being used in museums throughout the world http://www.secondhandrose.com/paper/wallpaper.htm