How to decorate 1960's and 1970's retro style

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How to decorate 1960's and 1970's retro style
Use retro items to create 1960s- or 1970s-themed decor. (peace and love image by dead_account from

Decorate your bedroom, kitchen, living room or entire house in a retro 1960s or 1970s style if that era inspires you. Decide which era and aspects you want to go with, or use different aspects for each room. Go all out with retro decor or weave elements into your overall design. Either way, you are sure to add fun to your home's design.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paint or wallpaper
  • Furniture
  • Textiles
  • Wall decor
  • Accessories

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    Paint the walls or use wallpaper that immediately sets the tone for retro-style decor. Bright, funky paint can liven up the room and give it a retro feel. Use colours such as lime green, yellow, turquoise, hot pink and orange. Or, use a neutral colour as a background and paint daisies or peace signs on the walls. Use bright, florescent colours or paint that will react with a black light for an extra groovy touch.

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    Place furniture in the room that complements the retro theme. Use green or orange sofas, Formica-topped tables, bean bags, blowup furniture or funky-shaped metal or glass tables, such as a guitar shape. Chairs shaped like lips, high heels or hands would help create a retro look.

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    Choose textiles such as soft, thick blankets for a bedroom or bright curtains in any room. In lieu of curtains, hang beads from windows or in doorways for a whimsical retro effect. Shiny textiles, such as a glittery silver, would work for a disco-inspired retro-themed room.

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    Hang wall decor that complements your retro theme. Posters with daisies, peace signs or your favourite bands from the '60s or '70s can transform the room back to decades past. Another option is to line an entire wall with old vinyl records.

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    Place accessories around the room to complete your retro theme. Shaggy carpets or fuzzy pillows can add spark to a room. Hang a disco ball or place at least one lava lamp on a table. A record player should serve as your source of music, or at least a CD player disguised to look like a record player. Place a vintage rotary phone in the room. Score extra retro points if the phone works. Hang black lights or use lamps with black light bulbs to react with florescent paint, posters or other elements in the room.

Tips and warnings

  • Watch movies or sitcoms from the 1960s or 1970s for inspiration and ideas, or look through family photo albums.
  • Don't sacrifice comfort to achieve the retro theme. You will want to enjoy the rooms you create.

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