4 Easy Ways to Add Modern Retro Charm to Your Home

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When I think of retro interiors my mind immediately channels 50s diners, pop-art, checkerboard floors, vintage Coca-cola, Pleasantville and Mad Men – and I just love it! Fortunately, for those of us with a soft spot for all things retro, adding a bit of modern retro charm to your home is relatively easy to achieve – when you know how.

Today we’re sharing 4 easy ways to add a bit of retro charm to your place… let’s begin!

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1. With Color

With color – yes! Retro interiors are all about color, bold brights and soft pastels – often all used at once. Think bright reds, yellows (especially mustard!) and pastels like teal, mint, sea-foam green, cream, baby pink and light blue.

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 1. With color! Bold bright cheery retro kitchen by Sam Ushiro. Retro kitchen appliances, SMEG, pastels, 50s inspired #retrovibes #50sstyle #retrodecor
Source: Sam Ushiro via domino

How bright and cheerful is the above rental kitchen remodel by Sam Ushiro?! Loving the retro vibes and bold, bright colors. If you love Sam’s bright, bold, retro aesthetic, hop on over to her Insta @aww.sam – you won’t be disappointed!

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 1. With color! Retro kitchen, retro decor, pastels, 50s inspired #retrovibes #50sstyle #retrodecor
1. Light Blue Hexagon Mosaic Tile // 2. Blue Steel Side Table // 3. Retro Dining Chairs (Set of 2) // 4. Retro 3-qt. Stock Pot with Lid // 5. Yellow 24″ Table Lamps (Set of 2)

2. With Pattern

Pops of pattern are another essential in retro interiors – think crazy wallpaper designs, checkerboard tiles, and funky upholstery.

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 2. With pattern! Retro tile DIY by Paper & Stitch, retro DIY, retro tile, mid-century vibes #retrodecor
Source: Paper & Stitch
4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 2. With pattern! retro tile, mid-century vibes, retro accent chair, mid-century rug, retro embossed wallpaper #retrodecor #midcenturyvibes
1. Tiled Accent Chair // 2. Retro Wave Pastel Area Rug // 3. Hand Woven Orange Area Rug //
4. Retro Mosaic Tile in Black/White // 5. Geometric 3D Embossed Wallpaper // 6. Geometrical Floral Cushion Cover

3. With Accent Furniture

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 3. With accent furniture! Retro kitchen, retro bar stools, checkerboard tiles, checkerboard floor, aluminium, retro diner, 50s inspired #retrodecor Image via Apartment Therapy.
Source: Apartment Therapy

Another easy way to add retro charm to your home is with eye-catching, retro inspired accent furniture – think aluminium and curves, lots of curves! You could start with some funky retro bar stools (like the ones featured above) or a statement retro dining setting – what’s not to love?

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 3. With accent furniture! Retro kitchen, retro bar stools, retro dining chairs, retro diner, retro furniture, 50s inspired #retrodecor
1. Green & White Side Chair // 2. Red Retro Dining Chairs (Set of 2) // 3. Yellow Side Chair //
4. Retro Dining Table // 5. Red Swivel Bar Stool // 6. Pink & White Side Chair

4. With Decor

Probably the easiest way to add a bit of retro charm to your home – with modern retro decor of course! Let’s start in the kitchen…

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro kitchen, pastel kitchen appliances, SMEG refrigerator, 50s inspired #retrodecor Image via Elske.
Source: Elske

Modern retro kitchen appliances, crockery and glassware

Probably one of the easiest rooms in the house to add a bit of quirky retro charm – the kitchen. There are a huge range of retro inspired appliances, crockery, glassware on the market these days, and in some pretty awesome colors too! I absolutely adore SMEG’s retro range of appliances (as you can probably tell!), one day that refrigerator will be mine haha. I’m not sure which color I like best just yet… probably pastel green 🙂

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro kitchen, pastel kitchen appliances, SMEG refrigerator, 50s inspired, retro kitchen decor #retrodecor #50skitchen
1. SMEG Cream Refrigerator // 2. Nickell Milk Glasses // 3. SMEG Pink Mixer // 4. Mini Refrigerator // 5. Teal Latte Bowls // 6. Solid Copper 32 oz. Juice Glass // 7. SMEG 2 Slice 50s Style Toaster

Don’t forget the retro sundae bowls and milkshake glasses!

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro kitchen, pastel kitchen appliances, retro mint green microwave, 50s inspired, retro kitchen decor #retrodecor #50skitchen Image by Minette Hand via Apartment Therapy.
Source: Minette Hand via Apartment Therapy

I love the mint green retro microwave above featured by Minette Hand (also featured in Sam Ushiro’s quirky colorful kitchen above) – you can grab it for a steal on Amazon too for under $90! Winning!

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro kitchen, pastel kitchen appliances, SMEG tea kettle, 50s inspired, retro kitchen decor #retrodecor #50skitchen
8. SMEG Pink Kettle // 9. Vintage Kitchen Timer // 10. Lemon Scrubby Sponge Holder
11. Step On Trash Can // 12. Daewoo Mint Microwave

Modern retro audio, record players and vinyl

Retro audio goes without saying really. There are so many modern-day options available these days with wireless and bluetooth functionality to boot – how could you not?

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! UO Crosley Checkerboard Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player, retro tech, retro audio. #retrodecor
Crosley Checkerboard Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player – Urban Outfitters $69
4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Modern retro audio, transistor radio, Crosley turntable, Marshall speaker, Victrola turntable, Studebaker, retro sound, retro decor, vinyl, retro record player #retrodecor #retroaudio
1. Marshall Wireless Speaker // 2. Crosley Cream Turntable Bluetooth Record Player //
3. Record Carrier Case (Tourmaline) // 4. Black Retro Portable Radio // 5. Vintage Portable AM/FM/Bluetooth Radio (White Sand) // 6. Pink Retro Speaker // 7. Turquoise Suitcase Record Player // 8. Small Retro Portable AM/FM Radio (Teal) // 9. Turquoise Retro Record Player // 10. Pink Crosley Portable Turntable

I’ve got my eye on one (or maybe 2?!) of those Marshall wireless speakers – I love the cream color above but am also partial to a bit of black! I’ve always loved the look of Marshall guitar amps and the old school vibes they give off, don’t you?

Modern retro fans and lighting

Don’t forget a bit of retro fan and light action!

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Vornado floor fan, retro fans, retro lights, vintage fan, 50s inspired #retrodecor
Vornado 14″ Floor Fan – Wayfair $149.99
4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro fans, retro lights, vintage fans, 50s inspired, lava lamp #retrodecor
1. Urbanjet Desk Fan // 2. 52″ Acero Retro 3 Blade LED Ceiling Fan // 3. VFAN Jr. Vintage Air Circulator // 4. Retro 12″ Oscillating Table Fan // 5. Rocket Ship Lava Lamp // 6. Retro Ceiling Chandelier

Modern retro clocks

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro alarm clock, 50s inspired #retrodecor Image via Rex London
Source: Rex London
4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro clocks, retro alarm clock, kit cat klock, cat clock, 50s inspired #retrodecor
1. Pink 8″ Wall Clock // 2. Kit Cat Clock Original // 3. Aquamarine Alarm Clock // 4. Chrysler Wall Clock // 5. Quartz Analog Desk Clock // 6. Pastel 12″ Wall Clock (Rosie Pink) // 7. Victrola Digital Clock Stereo // 8. Calendar Flip Clock

Modern Retro technology – telephones, typewriters and cameras

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro telephone, retro phone, rotary telephone, vintage telephone, 50s inspired #retrodecor
Rotary Design Retro Landline Phone (9 colors available) – Amazon $38.01

And last but not least… nostalgic tech! I especially love the old rotary telephones. We had a creamy/beigey one when I was very young. There is something so satisfying about their tactile nature… plus they are great for hanging up on people – not that I would ever… they’re available in so many awesome colors these days too and are perfect for adding a bit of retro charm to your home.

4 EASY WAYS TO ADD MODERN RETRO CHARM TO YOUR HOME - heydjangles.com - 4. With decor! Retro technology, retro telephone, retro phone, rotary telephone, vintage telephone, retro typewriter, polaroid camera, 50s inspired #retrodecor #retrotech
1. Green Retro Telephone // 2. Typecast Retro Typewriter // 3. Polaroid Mint Instant Camera
4. Crosley Pink Telephone

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