When we think of a retro theme, we tend to recall the big, bold shapes, colours and styles of the 1970s and 1980s. Remember flared jeans or super-sized shoulder pads? The era also celebrated glitter and glam, which danced into our homes to make loud statements in other ways.
In the seventies, woodgrain laminates in the kitchen were accentuated by oh-so-brightly-coloured benchtops, while heavy wood-panelling on lounge room walls and wallpapers were also popular. Interiors became pretty hip and funky.
One of the hottest trends of 2019, the retro look, takes all of that and refines it into something far more sophisticated.
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What colours and textures work in a retro theme?
“The Retro look is elegant and urbane with a focus on colour, texture and layering, making it perfect for creating that welcoming feel we crave in the cooler months” says Heather Nette King, Carpet Court’s style ambassador.
The Retro look is a nod to old-style luxury, but in a beautifully streamlined way that isn’t fussy or overly embellished, say Carpet Court trend forecasters. “Think minimalist glam,” says Heather. “Classic pieces such as tailored sofas and chairs upholstered in luxurious velvets, set against a neutral background to showcase their sleek lines and sexy curves. The palette is deliberately kept simple – tonal blues, paired with low-key neutrals and highlights of gold. “Simplicity is the key to making this look work – you’ll notice a distinct lack of pattern,” says Heather. “Seek out classic pieces with clean lines and give them breathing space to shine. Then ramp up the glam factor with accessories such as side tables and mirrors in gold and copper.”
How can I create a retro look with flooring?
Over the years Australian homes have always featured timber flooring and carpet, so there are plenty of options within Carpet Court’s luxurious carpet and timber flooring collections which make it easy to create the retro look. Think textured loop and decadent plush pile carpets and timber floors with eye-catching woodgrains.
Balance out vibrant blues and gleaming metallics with a neutral base; “a light-tone grey carpet such as Carpet Court’s Luxe Palette in Achillea will provide contrast and make a room feel bright and open. Or, for a richer neutral base, consider a smoky grey carpet such as Carpet Court’s Ocean Road textured wool loop pile carpet in Lorne,” says Heather. “Timber-look flooring would also look stunning – for this look, steer towards blonde and light tones, such as Carpet Court’s Pryzm Hybrid flooring in Flooded Gum or Stockmans Ridge Premium in Spotted Gum.”
How to choose the best retro-styled floating floors
In years gone by the timber floors were solid and real. Reproduce the look today with our Stockmans Ridge Premium timber flooring in the ever-popular Spotted Gum. We love Spotted Gum for the retro look because of its rich and varied woodgrain tones and prominent grains.
For a waterproof, scratch and stain resistant alternative opt for luxury hybrid flooring such as Pryzm in Flooded Gum. Beautifully textured with such tonal variety, Flooded Gum perfectly fits with the retro look.
Where can I get flooring to suit a retro look?
Carpet Court is Australia’s largest flooring retailer with over 200 locally owned and operated stores all around the country. Our diverse range of flooring options cover every trend and favoured style you could imagine, so there is no better place to shop for retro-inspired carpets or floating floors than at your local Carpet Court store.
The team of experienced and knowledge staff are able to help with finding a retro-style flooring solution for your home.
If you’d like to find a Carpet Court showroom to browse their huge selection of luxurious carpet collections and stylish timber flooring, enter your suburb or postcode into the handy store locator tool to see which Carpet Court locations are nearest to you.