The Appeal of Retro Furniture and the Reason it is Coming Back

You’re redoing your home and you’re not afraid to express yourself in bold and unconventional ways. So what design style do you choose? This is where the retro design style will be entirely appropriate.

If you’re unsure of what retro style is, it’s a style that came out of the 1950s, 60s and continued on into the 1970s. It was born of an exuberance over the end of the war and newer, modern materials were being invented such as Formica, melamine, loud prints were in and curvy lines were preferred.

Retro allows you to express yourself the way you want to without fear of being frowned upon. If you want to go with a retro color scheme, avocado green and burnt orange were very often seen.

Apart from the freedom of expression that a retro design gives you, another reason that it is coming back into vogue is the nostalgic appeal it brings to a room. Those of us who can remember the cone lamps will feel very comfortable putting them in a retro influenced room as retro lamps.

The lamps aren’t the only retro furniture to be making a big reappearance with chairs and dining tables proving to appeal to the younger generation. A piece that used to be a status statement in the 1950s was the sideboard and it, too, is enjoying a comeback. The older look appeals because it is a look that is different to other furniture in modern stores. The lines and workmanship speaks of long-lasting endurance and dependability.

Retro design is all about a feeling of comfort that the style brings to a room and to the owners of the room. A desire to reach back to what is perceived to be a better, simpler time may also be another key to why retro furniture is being sought.

Baby Nursery Design Tips

So, the pitter-patter of tiny footsteps is only a few months away and it’s time for you to begin your life as a parent. Along with making all the necessary purchases, such as buying a pram for your child, you need to begin thinking about decorating your Childs bedroom or nursery.

Designing a baby nursery can be scary, even more so if you are a first time parent. So the first step is to take a deep breath, grab a cup of tea or coffee, relax and start looking around for inspiration, ideas and example pictures. Oh, and of course you could start by reading this concise guide that highlights some or the areas you will most likely want to consider. So, deep breath, go grab that coffee and start reading!

Here are the Children’s Furniture and Toy Companies top tips for decorating your babies’ nursery.

Firstly, remember that creating the baby nursery should be an enjoyable, exciting and fulfilling experience. To begin with, a first-rate nursery starts with a few measured ideas and considerations before you begin mixing that wallpaper paste.

Start Early

One of the most common problems associated with designing your babies’ nursery is leaving it all to late, so start early. Do not leave it to the last couple of months of your pregnancy before you start to make your plans. For a start, you are likely to be tired by then as your baby is sapping your energy and putting on weight. Starting early give you the time you need to make all the necessary plans, makes budgeting easier and the process as a whole a lot less stressful.

Keep it Simple

It’s important to consider the old saying ‘less is more’. The simpler the design including your colour schemes then less can go wrong. The end result will be much better, you will have more space and the room will look more effective.

Have a Plan

It’s important to develop a plan, now we are not talking an in-depth complex plan, just a basic idea of how you plan to approach decorating and furnishing the nursery. You could make a rough sketch on paper, highlighting where you will position furniture, shelves and toy boxes. Having a plan make shopping for these items more efficient, you will know sizes and shapes and can start considering colours schemes so you can shop for matching sets incorporating bedding.

Wire Away

When making your plan consider the position of electric sockets and cables. Modern technology has given us a multitude of baby products that help make life a little easier, such as baby monitors and electric mobile projectors and mood lighting. Make sure you consider these items in your plan and take note to position sockets so that visible wiring can be kept to a minimum.

Shop Around

Work off your plan, look around, use the internet, visit children’s furniture websites and look at pictures to get an idea of matching colour schemes and layouts. Keep looking around until you are satisfied you have the perfect with furniture that fits.

Stimulating Colours

Newborn babies can only see in black and white for the first couple of weeks. The first colours they are able to see are red and yellow, so using red and yellow for example can be visually confusing for the child as they will seem to pop out from any other colours in the room. Do some research and as an alternative, consider using pastels such as purple, green, blue and even pink.

Mood Lighting

Lighting is an important feature for both the parent and child. When your child wakes during the night the last thing you want is to turn on an over bright light! You should consider a lower voltage night light, or the main light on a dimmer switch.

Wall Art

If the room you are planning is of a good size, why not consider using one of these walls to replicate a screen from a popular children’s storybook? This type of decoration can be really effective, and visually stimulating. If the room is a little more modest size wise, why not purchase picture of similar scenes and frame them for hanging on the walls?

Large area rugs

Again, this is one for the larger room. Using rugs to break up lines in a room can be really effective, and allows for a defined play space for your child as they grow.

Storage Space

Until you child arrives you may not realise just how much ‘stuff’ they accumulate in a short space of time. You will buy items, your family will buy more and then there are friend and friends of friends! Before you know it you will be overrun. Take this into consideration when making your plan, where will you keep all of this? Do you have adequate storage?

Consider some hanging storage options such as a hanging cloth storage rack next to the cot, this will not only make things reachable, but can be filled with smaller decorative item such as plush toys, teddies, bibs and nappies, making them easily accessible.

What Can You See!

Last thing to do once the room is completed and furnished is to look around and see if there are any obvious safety issues, make sure all wiring options have been considered and there are no trailing or accessible wires or heavy objects that could fall.

Designing a Serene Room to Relax In

When choosing colors for the room, select pale hues. A pale blue and green are like a peaceful ocean scene and light tans remind us of the sand. Light colors are relaxing. Keep the number of colors to only 2-3 for the room. When there too many colors does not allow the eye to feel restful. The minimal color scheme keeps things simple and clean. It is a good idea to select your paint color last. There is a much larger selection of paint colors then things like the carpet, tile, fabric trim or the fabric selection for the furniture you choose. Select all those larger elements prior to selecting your paint color. You can even get custom colors mixed to get the exact color you want so your choices of paint color are really endless.

Select soft fabrics and fabric trim. Soft equals comfort and comfort equals relaxation. Use fabrics with texture and richness. Soft texture provides a cozy environment. Try using a chenille fabric as a main fabric. Some chenilles are extra soft. Adding fabric trims such as brush fringe to a pillow adds another level of richness and softness. Use those pale colors with low contrast to all your fabrics and fabric trim.

Less is more. Keep furniture and accessories to a minimum. Simplicity is restful for the mind and eyes. Do not clutter your space with too many unnecessary items. Keep things simple and utilitarian.

Don’t forget the correct lighting. It is a critical element to creating a serene environment. Add dimmers to your overhead lights. This way you can amp it up for certain task and turn it down for a nice ambiance. Lamps always add a relaxing mood. A restful space will be created when you add low wattage light bulbs and a warm colored shade to add a relaxing glow.

Add materials that bring in nature. Nature often nourishes us with relaxation. The sun, ocean, forests and a nice meadow can relax us. Bring some of those elements inside. Some examples of this would be bamboo, wicker, cotton and linens. All of these elements provide a relaxing place for us to rest.