Decorating your bedroom with a retro edge is a great way to relive a vibrant era without having to splash out on Apple’s long anticipated i-TimeMachine. The 1970s was renowned for its psychedelic, Hendrix-inspired colour schemes and design patterns so why not infuse these into the bedroom for a funkylicious look. Here are a few design ideas to aid you in your 70s retro transformation.
1. Colour schemes
Colour schemes are your most important concern when portraying an accurate retro appearance. You may have all the right assets in the room but if your colour scheme is wrong then you are going to be left with a room which more accurately represents a charity shop basement. The most prominent retro colour has to be cherry red. This is a perfect colour for furniture, bed sheets and any other cloth fabric you may have in your room. The other two close contenders for your retro palette are mustard yellow and avocado, great for accessories, carpets and wall designs.
2. Flooring & Carpets
Shag bedroom carpets are quintessential when recreating a 70s presence. Be sure to follow your bold colour schemes preferably opting for browns and mustard colours. By all means, acquire as many rugs as you desire, as a retro look supports all sizes and shapes including miniature shag rugs in front of chairs or parallel to your bed. Geometric shapes with contrasting colours are always the best choice for retro carpet designs.
A modern day bedroom may not be the ideal room for having much furniture, other than your bed and side cabinet, however this isn’t necessarily the same case here. Dressing tables were a common asset for the bedroom in the 70s, complete with a large retro mirrors and lamps. You could also have one or two chairs within the bedroom giving options to all types of design. Beanbag chairs are a key component of the 70s as well as bubble chairs. Think about straight, asymmetrical lines when choosing your furniture as these were common factors inspired by the era’s space age preambles.
You can never have too many accessories in the bedroom despite their probable impracticalities. Charity shops, car boot sales or even your grandma’s attic will be the best places to acquire all types of retro accessory items. Keep in-mind objects that scream retro such as vinyl cases, classic 70s posters, and if you want to go for the old-time classic, then why not add a lava lamp to the bundle.
From wall art to bedroom carpets, creating a 70s retro theme for your bedroom couldn’t be simpler. Do you have a bedroom which pays homage to this decade? Tell us about how you managed to recreate the ultimate retro bedroom look.
Sam Hudson is a writer, blogger and musician based in West Yorkshire, UK. He enjoys writing on a variety of topics from interior design to lifestyle and his work can be found on a number of websites.