As the center of the home, living room holds an important role for every member of family. It’s the room where everyone can hang out together and enjoy the moment. A retro living room style will be a great idea that can provide those such function.
A living room with retro style is known for its lively and colorful vibe. The basic ideas of this style is to apply various colors as many as possible. You can start it with using colorful furniture, a sets of different chairs along with the table, and using lighting fixture.
Those elements must depict every design that popular at 50’s and 60’s, or other previous decades. While the design of retro living room is quite flexible. You can use a modern living room construction or traditional, or any style that you want the most.
On this list, the retro living room design is based on their year and what’s popular in certain decade. Just take one and give some adjustment in order to suit with your living room design.
1990s Pastel Living Room
The pastel color once took a place at home décor industry and became popular style for that time. Even with modern time like nowadays, this style still works greatly to pamper every homeowner.
This living room is painted in beige and pale pink which considered as pastel color. This type of color works greatly with arched window and blond wood that used for constructing this living room.
Some beige furniture gives their magical effect especially when combined with retro cushion above the seating. The flooring is very exceptional and complete the look of retro style.
1990s Large Retro Living Room
Having large living room brings some advantages since you can store several furniture at the same time. As it seen at large living room here, it can hold three seating areas with different ideas.
The best thing about this design is related the green sofa which so squishy and long. With this size, this sofa can hold the entire family member and perfect for big family.
The stripped rug gives a clear statement about the seating area, and begins clearly visible since clean white color is almost dominating the room.
1990s Floral Living Room
Floral retro style was on the rise at early 90’s and became main trend at that decade. This style is noticed from floral accent that applied in some element of the living room, mostly in chairs. It’s quite different from 60’s style, the floral that used in this design is more colorful.
As it seen on the sofa, the floral here is very strong and consisting of dark color. It supported with minimalist interior in the form of chairs, table, and cabinet. A brown wooden color is dominated the furniture style, as well as with the flooring that made from wooden panel.
1990s Retro Modern Brown
The spirit of modern design can be seen on the construction of this living room, while the retro aspect can be gained from the furniture option that applied here. The brown color is a product of classic style, but treated in modern to suit with recent day.
The lovely grey chair is something that brings retro back which supported by the pillows on yellow color. The open shelving which painted in red also gives a unique look. Though, with this room design and arrangement, a proper lighting is necessarily needed to avoid dull and dark atmosphere.
1980s Tropical Living Room
The 80’s tropical style is incomparable with other decade, even with 50’s for example. This style is on the rise as the economic expansion from the west to the east, especially at the tropical country.
The tropical aspect is appearing clearly at the chairs and table along with the frame of the mirrors. It’s supported with green topical plantation surrounding the living room.
The white drapery plays at the backdrop for the seating area and flanked with mirror at every side. Since this living is small enough, the mirror gives advantage to create the room looks wider.
1980s Simple Retro Living Room
For small living room, this 80’s simple retro is a great option to apply. The design is simple as a result of urbanization product that triggered by industrial growth which lead people move from village to town and makes the room is outnumbered. By that the room size begins decreasing to accommodate it.
For that reason, this living room consisting less furniture. A single white sofa, an armchair, a portable cabinet, an old fashioned TV, and open shelving cabinet are the basic furniture that used in this room. It’s equipped with simple painting ornament and unique lighting fixture.
1980s Retro Luxury and Glossy
This decade is known for its simple design resulting of industrial growth which make the living room design getting simple. It leads to postmodern design which characterized by small and narrow.
At this living room for example, there is only sofa and chairs as seating area that can be found. It equipped with glossy transparent table which rarely used in that time.
This glass table is something extraordinary at that time, so it acts as focal point for this living room. A dark and gloomy atmosphere takes a place here as a result of electrical power limitation.
1980 Retro Geometric Style
This is a complete and compact living room at the same time. It’s complete since this space almost has everything that needed from a living room, and compact because the size of this space is quite limited. Though, with geometric shape that applied, this living room look timeless.
The geometric shape can be seen from the wall that backed the creamy sofa. It supported with the same tone from the rug which creates united look. There is simple work table and bookrack that stored sever collection. Here the white color is accentuating the living room since it dominated by orange tone.
1980s Dual Retro Tone
Tropical nuance was in the heart of this decade. The tropical nuance is known for its flexibility since has many shapes and forms when it incorporated with retro style.
This tropical style of living room is designed in dual tone which constructed mostly from rattan and bamboo. The tone that used is light yellow and brown that can be found at cushion only.
Other tropical aspect that can be seen at this living room is several plantations that placed differently. The large window provides a massive amount of natural lighting to make the space brighter.
1970s Retro Open Plan
The retro style is pretty impressive because its ability to suit with open plan and other type of room. Here, the living room has double high which give you advantage since the air circulation is never interrupted. With patterned sectional sofa, this living room provides great seating experience.
The interesting point of this design, you are not going to find other furniture, only a sets of sectional sofa that stand here. Paired with unique texture at the rug and mini garden, this living room will provide the best place to spend the time with family member, guest, even colleague.
1970s Vintage Retro Style
The main character from 70’s vintage retro style is brown and patterned design with potted plant. A bit different from 60’s style, the 70’s retro is famously known for disco style pattern.
Just like what’s this living room has, from the brass, floor lamp feature, to edgy geometric shape, this living room has everything that ready to pamper everyone at this room.
The cushioned sofa is stealing much attention, as well as with the narrow print. A little ornamental plantation has its own miracle since creating this room always fresh.
1970s Retro Green Boho
Apart from boho style that applied, this living room is also thick natural green ornament which associated with tropical design. But looking at the macramé potholder and mandala cushion cover that applied, this space is clearly adopted from the hippie movement.
Even the color scheme on this room is somehow a bit similar with 50’s design concept at the same time. A green color takes the stage since it can found at every element. From the plantation ornament to the sofa and the rug, everything is made from green tone which is uncommon.
1970s Classic Retro Brown
The best color option for classic style is neutral tone such as brown, grey, or clean white. Those colors will make the furniture more stand out without giving any interruption.
The living room design at this picture is using modern construction which knows for its compact and practical style. The sectional sofa, the table, and the cabinetry, all are constructed in modern design.
What makes so classic is about their finishing. Take a look at the sectional sofa that painted is light brown, as well as with the table and the cabinetry which has classic retro in every details.
1970s Retro Red and White
In this red living room, the basic ideas of this design is to use red color as many as possible. Since this living room is using deep red color, this design is not suit for everyone. This retro style is depicted for decade of freethinking which known for its bold approach.
It starting at red wall, then continued with red carpet and curtains. This red color is paired with white color to create balance look and calm the strong atmosphere. This white accents are applied at some furniture like sofa, painting, and unique standalone chairs.
1960s Cozy Retro Cream and Brown
Going back to the most popular trend at 60’s, this decade is mostly known for cut-and-loop carpet model. This type of carpet is characterized by a cracked shape that formed in random way.
Just like what’s on this carpet, the shape is similar with wool at a glance. It’s unique but also comfortable for bare foot, especially with Persian rug that applied at the middle.
This creamy carpet is accompanied with the chairs and the ceiling. The brown color offers a calm look for this living room that applied at most part of the room, especially for wooden material.
1960s Retro Green Theme
This decade is known for its unique design since most living room at that time only using a certain tone to dominate whole space. Among those tone, green is the most favorite color due to their ability to bring natural vibe. This living room shows how to make gorgeous design just by a green color.
The basic idea of this living room is using green color as much as possible. Starting from the sofa and chairs, it’s continued to entire carpet. Note that there is small rug that applied to highlight the seating area. The rustic wooden panel adds more vibe for natural element at this space.
1960s Retro Pastel Orange
The democratization on this decade brings a massive change to the field of home décor. This era is widely known for its single tone design ideas that dominate entire room appearance.
This pastel orange is one of the most popular option for this decade. It’s applied at most part of the living room and mixed with little touch of blue pastel which makes great combination.
Here, the chair and the cabinet door is colored in pastel blue while the pastel orange is almost covered the whole design of this living room, even with the rug which has similar color.
1960s Rustic Retro Design
Rustic style is another popular design that hyped in this decade. This design is almost used by many houses since wooden panel are the basic material that can be found at various type of home. As it seen at this design, wooden material is dominated the room space.
This wooden material is painted in rustic style which great for its natural look. A sets of chairs, table, cabinet, open shelving, stairs, even the flooring, all are made from wooden panel. The teal green sofa acts as an agent of retro style which considered as pastel color.
1960s Clean White Retro
A neutral color works for any kind of style, both in small or large living room. White color at this living room offers neutral atmosphere since everything looks clearer for this decade.
The construction of this space is using modern design actually, though looks more classic since this living room is equipped with old fashioned furniture and interior.
It can be seen from the open legs chair and table, as well as with cabinet. All this wooden interior is painted in rustic style that looks great when combining with unique rug pattern.
1960s Retro Corner Sofa
A corner sofa is a bit different from sectional sofa, even both known for L-shaped. Corner sofa has a rounded shape at the corner as it seen on this living room, while sectional has original L shape. For this decade, orange corner sofa was a popular trend that adopted by many houses.
This color will absolutely attract many eyes especially with neutral color that applied at this space. Paired with transparent glass table and shag carpet, this living room offering comfort seating experience for anyone in this room, especially with sets of paintings that backed.
1960s Mid-Century Retro
This lovely mid-century retro design is hallmark for 60’s design. Using different color of furniture and interior, this design will pamper anyone who entering this living room.
This living room only has one seating area actually, but divided into three sections which noticed from seating design and style. There are couple armchairs, a sofa, and long bench next to it.
Supported by large table size that designed in rustic style, this retro space stands on different class. Especially with unique wall treatment and patterned rug, everything appears very special.
1960s Retro Beige Design
Beige color is widely known for its 50’s neutral vibe. When it applied on 60’s retro style, this color offers different impression, and this is what happens on this design. The classic beige chair is very marvelous here that supported by rug and side wall which has similar tone.
The wall itself is treated in certain way to depict wood effect while the background is painted in different way. It’s actually using the same treatment, but different wall. The result is exceptional especially with the red and black chair along with long stripped table.
1950s Retro Colorful Theme
The 50s decade is famously known with its pastel tone. It can be applied to different style and design, also gave a great result when it combined with other old fashion theme like floral.
This living room is full of surprise since many colors are applied and delivered a unity look. From the ceiling to the flooring, along with the furniture and lighting, every element is painted in different hue.
The most interesting point of this design is the green pool chair. It’s colored in green, yet still works for various element and complete the look of floral texture on the rug.
1950s Bright Retro Funky
An open plan living room needs a large size to make it works in maximum capacity. Combining with terrace is the most obvious way to make the living room looks bigger.
As it seen on this bright funky living room, it looks much bigger since the space is unified with terrace. With vibrant bright at the furniture that is used, everything seems extraordinary amazing.
The U-shaped sofa is covered with box shaped design that made from wooden panel entirely. With the size of the space, you don’t need to add other furniture and ornament, even table.
1940s Retro Maroon and Green
Combination between burgundy and maroon seems a little crown for modern design, in fact, this design was on hype and incredibly popular style for 40’s. The color scheme was on the rise and offered a distinctive look as it seen on this living room design.
The maroon tone is applied at a sets of chairs and stair’s carpet. It accompanied with green color at different hue, which medium green is applied at a single chair while pale green is applied at the wall. The feature wall from fireplace offers nice atmosphere with lovely painting there.
1940s Retro Green and Yellow
The 40’s style is about mix-matching between different pastel colors. The most chosen color in this era is green and yellow, but sometimes combined into one to create unique result.
Here, this living room is utilizing a yellow color to cover the wall and some furniture, while the green color is applying only at other furniture like chairs and door frame.
The floral pattern at the wall offering additional yellow and green vibe since flower using both colors. It’s a lovely color combination for small and neat living room like this.
1930s Chic Retro Art Deco
Going back to the early era when a room remodeling became to a necessity, an art deco style is very popular among others. The 30’s style is known for its simple treatment which characterized by neutral color and simple furniture arrangement. This is what this design trying to tell.
It’s a big squishy chairs, which sometimes also called mini sofa, that paired with open table that formed in round shape. Facing mini fireplace, seating here will make everyone feels warm and enjoy. If you pay more attention at the details, this living room combines simple geometric pattern and smooth curve.
1930s Post-Modern Retro
The simplicity design of this 30’s style is depicted what has happened in that decade. Painted in pale yellow tone, every furniture and décor element becomes more noticeable. This living room is utilizing modern aspect which known for simple construction and its neutral tone.
Only two chairs with different style that can be found here, nothing more. This seating is the equipped with a double desk that hold several things, mostly decorative ornament. A tiger rug will be the best accompaniment since this living seemingly looks too minimalist.
Based on those retro living room design, the most important aspect to achieve this style is to use several colors as much as possible. You can use yellow furniture for example, then paired with a sets of pinky chairs and brown table, and additional lighting feature.
Just take one retro living room ideas here and perform some adjustment to fit for your space and personal character accordingly.