What Is Retro Furniture?


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By definition, retro is looking or relating to styles or fashion from the past. Retro furniture can, therefore, be defined as furniture that reflects on styles or fashion that are from the past. This is generally furniture that reflects styles of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and, most recently, styles of the 1980s were also added.

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In the 1950s, furniture was designed to be both functional and stylish. Retro 1950s furniture includes sleekly designed furniture, bold colors and even metallic pieces. The idea is to create a room that is both inviting and stylish.

In the 1960s, it was all about dark, vibrant colors including dark greens, yellows and orange hues. Bright patterns, like floral patterns, were also popular. The 'psychedelic designs' became popular in the 1960s. These particular designs included psychedelic patterns with acid based colors. This type of design intensified with the hippie movement and their 'flower power' that occurred during this decade.

Retro modern furniture is a term used to describe the style of the 1950s and 1960s. This style of furniture included materials such as polypropylene and foam molding. The polypropylene material became popular because it could be matched to almost any paint color picked out by the consumer. The foam molding was used in upholstery cushions.

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