Retro interior decor encompasses decades of style with dozens of influences. It’s an excellent way to make your home more fun and exciting, adding life to every room. Most of the retro rugs you’ll see draw inspiration from interiors of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, bringing trends from the past into today’s homes.
With so many types of retro floor rugs, there’s something for everyone’s tastes. You can add retro in small doses or take a bold approach. And your rugs can either serve as a bright and funky statement piece or as a neutral backdrop to balance colorful walls and furniture in the room.
Using Retro Area Rugs Throughout The Home
You can use retro area rugs in any room of your home, from the bathroom to the office, and even outside of your home on the patio.
Check out a few ways that you can use these fun furnishings in different rooms below:
If you want your kitchen to embody this funky look, retro kitchen rugs are a must. You’ll want a thinner mat-type rug that won’t cause tripping in the kitchen, and it's up to you (and your space) on the size. Whether you want a small runner or a large kitchen area rug, you’ll want to pick a design that matches the room’s color scheme.
Retro outdoor rugs can stand up to the elements to bring your personality into your exterior space. Paired with bright and funky furniture, pillows, and decor, a retro patio rug will make outdoor gathering places more inviting and enjoyable to spend time in. Pick something that incorporates the colors of the surrounding patio accents, and don’t be shy with the design.
Living Room & Dining Room
Retro modern rugs are perfect for protecting the floors in the living room and dining room. In either case, you’ll want a size that accommodates or fits your furniture. If the room is already full of color, opt for a neutral rug, but if the place could use more retro flair, pick something eye-catching. A chunky multicolored design will bring your space to life.
If you’re excited to invigorate your interiors with retro rugs, we encourage you to give your purchase thought. Rugs last for years, and you want to get the right one.
Check out these tips before you go:
Size: Measure the space that you’re furnishing to ensure a good fit. Picking the wrong size is a common mistake that can get in the way of your decor vision.
Thickness and material: Pick an appropriate thickness and material for each room. For example, you’ll need a durable, thinner rug for a high-traffic zone, but you might opt for a retro shag rug in a low-traffic bedroom with a no-shoes rule. The key is to choose a rug that can stand up to the activity, moisture, and soil in the space.
Color and theme: Look at the color palette and theme of the space that you’re furnishing to help you find the right retro rugs. Even the most beautiful designs won’t look good in your home if the colors clash.
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