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Our top decorating tips for retro decor

Category: home and DIY

There’s something about retro home décor that has a fun and lively feeling about it. Typically drawing influence from home trends circa 1960, 70 and 80, there has been a big resurgence of retro décor in 2021! And while you may want to run down to Stockland Green Hills and embrace this home decorating trend in all its groovy glory right away, there are a few styling rules to remember first.  



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Adairs 70s Floral Bathmat $39.99 | Adairs Angled Glass Vase Small $29.99 | Adairs Casper Chair $599.99 | Adairs Pop Art Rainbow Wall Art $149.99 | Bed Bath N' Table Lotte Cushion $59.95 | Big W Rattan Arch Mirror $99 | David Jones Maison Balzac Volute Candleholder $79 | David Jones Smeg Variable Temp Kettle $279 | Dusk Campaign Image | Habitania Sunflower Jug $39.95 | JB Hi-Fi Audio Technica LPW40WN Turntable $649 | JB Hi-Fi Flea Market LP Record Frame $17.99 | Kmart Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi $29 


Mix-and-match your décor  

A common misconception when it comes to introducing trend pieces into your home is that they all have to match. This isn’t the case! A room filled entirely with retro pieces direct from 1980 can come across as a time capsule, rather than a beautifully styled room. For example, choose a key retro piece like the Adairs Casper Chair, and style it with modern wall art or a contemporary rug.  


Choose focal pieces  

Retro décor has a certain element of maximalism about it, with abstract pieces all competing for the limelight. And while you may feel the urge to go all out with your styling, it’s important to a) remember the mix-and-match rule and b) give 2-3 focal pieces the opportunity to shine. For example, a large arch mirror like the one from Big W can add depth as well as a retro feel to the room, while a record turntable from JB Hi-Fi is a real conversation starter.  


Always use warm lighting 

Something that is often overlooked when styling a home is the lighting. And fixing it, can be as simple as swapping out your globes! A retro room styled with warm tones of amber, chocolate brown, blue, and mustard needs warm lighting to complement them. A cool globe can seem clinical and a bit stark especially with this particular trend, so be sure to check yours out and drop into Stockland Green Hills if you need some warming up! 


Add some colour 

Speaking of colour, a great way to embrace this trend without fully committing to it is to embrace retro tones in ‘swap-out-able’ décor. For example, we can’t get enough of the groovy floral bathmats available at Adairs, the mustard Lotte Cushion from Bed Bath N’ Table, or the amber glass candleholders from David Jones 


This season, feel inspired to introduce a bit of retro flair and personality to your home at Stockland Green Hills! And don’t forget to tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts if you pick up some of our favourite décor pieces – we love seeing how you’ve styled your home. Stay groovy, Green Hills! 

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