Quirky retro trends we'd love to see make a comeback

These five retro trends are so divine, we wish they'd come back around.
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These five retro trends are so divine, we wish they'd come back around.

With all the vintage interior styles enjoying love again at the moment, there are a few funky ideas that have yet to make a comeback.

All beautiful and useful, here's four trends we would love to see in homes and back on the trend radar.

SHOJI SCREENS

 

To celebrate the return of the sun! What a beautiful way to spend the last hours of Solstice sunlight. Yesterday I installed "Sun Salutation", a custom Shoji screen designed and created for the beautiful yoga space at The Hive North Shore. If you're located in Vancouver, get over to their amazing facility. A group of wonderful people have created a special place in the city. Here's wishing you a beautiful rebirth on this day, and hope that your own light shines out into the world, illuminating all you wish to bring to life in our good world! Ari . . . . . . #hive #hiveclimbing #yoga #yogastudio #meditation #contemplation #yogapractice #prana #northshore #vancouver #vancouverbc #geometry #geometricdesign #asanoha #shojiscreen #geometricpattern #sacredgeometry #sacredgeo #sacredlight #wood #woodcut #interiordesignvancouver #interiordesign #originalart #originalartwork #light #solstice #sunrise #mountains #homedecor

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A trend that might well remind you of your grandmother's sunroom, shoji screens become popular in the western world during the mid-Century modern era.

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A traditional element of Japanese architecture, they were used for creating privacy and dividing large spaces into multi-use areas.

Though the screens definitely pair well with clean lines and wood-on-wood, if you're going to incorporate shoji into your home, why not take a different approach and layer up the texture in the space?

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The neutral paper texture of shoji can also make for a great neutral backdrop for furnishing with playful colours, such as pastels, and bold prints like leopard. 

BRASS AND LUCITE FURNITURE

 

#inspiration #interiordesign #lucite #vintage

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This plastic and metal combo is a favourite from the Hollywood Regency design movement.

Born in the 1920s, it combined elegant shapes with modern or high-shine materials such as lacquer, chrome, mirror and of course, lucite.

It's a look that's all glamour, and began in the homes of California starlets.

There's just something about clear lucite balanced with the warmth of brass that exudes timeless chic.

The boudoir is ripe for this combination, so channel a bit of screen siren style with a lucite and brass chandelier or side table.

When executing this retro trend, to retain a modern feel that's sophisticated rather than gaudy, it's best to stick to one or two statement pieces combined with other furniture.

THE SUNKEN LOUNGE

 

---------------------------------------------C O N V E R S A T I O N P I T 🕳a shallow divot in the floor of a residential home, usually square or circular, filled with plush cushions and shag rugs. ⛩Historically, it was known in ancient China as kang, a communal platform seating area and bed heated by flume to stay warm throughout the day and night, in Spain as estrado, a raised dais covered in rugs and cushions that was influenced by the Muslim presence in the medieval Convivencia era. 🥂🍻Instead of orienting living space around a wall-sized flat screen and portable computers,its much better to design it with a focus of socializing with other human beings in real life. 🔥The enclosed pit creates a cocoon and a feeling of embrace and relaxation. The lower level has a grounding and relaxing effect. A fireplace can be incorporated as a center peace provide more warmth. 🗯Conversation pits belong to the fire and earth elements, which help with connections and relating and communication. ↪️How can you make your living space more relaxing and focused on socializing? #conversationpit #healing #harmony #connecting #socializing #livingroom #conversation #harmonizingspaces #environmentalmedicine #sustainability #architecture #relationships #health #relaxation #coccoon

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If there's a trend we need now more than ever, it's the conversation pit.

A design feature that sidelines the television and works well with fireplaces (particularly the mid-century "floating" kind), the conversation pit puts - you guessed it - conversation, back at the heart of the home.

So leave your shoes and cellphone by the door and come on down to comfy town. It's time to teach your kids and remind your friends how to interact with other human beings.

Bonus - this is an area literally designed for friends, wine and cheese. How did this home feature ever leave us?

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COLOURED UTILITY ROOMS

 

Pink vibes!🚽🐷

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Until the pastel resurgence began not long ago, candy-coloured bathroom fittings were being removed at the rate of knots.

Why modern style would prefer us to have bathrooms that resemble sterilised surgical facilities, it is hard to say.

If you're lucky enough to still have a retro bathroom with original pastel fittings - stop. You can make it work.

What you need is: lots of indoor plants, a plush, shaggy bath mat, and accessories in copper or wicker. If you have room, throw in a seat or ottoman for good measure.

For those who want to get on board this trend, chances are you could pick up a whole suite of sweet retro bathroom bits at a scrapyard.

Maybe it's all the Masterchef we've been watching on TV but it seems that contemporary preferences have drifted towards a utilitarian environment.

This is likely so we can pretend we're professional chefs, at home, but there are other ways to approach a cooking area.

In the 1950s, as kitchen technology was at a point of development, people loved their kitchens and wanted the spaces to reflect a relaxing, welcoming ambience.

They achieved this through colour that was cheery and bright.

Maybe some brightly painted cupboards and a bit of whimsical charm could go a long way.

You don't need to feel like Gordon Ramsay in order to cook a meal.

 - Homed

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