5 Retro Decorating Trends That Deserve a Comeback

Some home decor looks are just too good to let go. The boldly colored kitchen cabinets of the ’50s are taking on a sophisticated modern look. The late ’80s country kitchen look is enjoying new life – minus the gingham frills and bonneted goose motif – in today’s farmhouse chic trend, and mid-century design has taken over the home furnishing offerings of retailers at every price point. Rattan furniture and velvet upholstery, both popular in the ’70s, are showing up in designer collections again.

Our pick for the decor trend  most deserving of a second chance? The brightly colored bathroom fixtures (and sometimes even matching tile) that became popular beginning in the 1930s, and evolved from cool pastels to the much-maligned avocado and harvest gold hues of the 1970s. We’re not seeing these offered new yet, but salvage stores are a great resource if you simply must have a mint green or bubble-gum pink sink for your bathroom renovation.

Photo from Zillow listing.

Here are some of the blast-from-the-past home decor looks designers are happy to have deja vu over.

’50s-style dens

We are loving the reemergence of the den or the basement as a gathering space. Instead of having family and friends centered around a 50-inch television in the living room, we’re seeing people move toward intimate areas like listening rooms for their favorite vinyls, or casual seating in the den with headphones and their iPads. This setup is more conducive for connecting and catching up, or simply taking time for one’s self – think wood paneling, updated and re-imagined bean bags in designer fabrics, and high-quality retro audio sound.

– Kerrie Kelly, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Photo by Brian Kellogg.

Macrame textile art

Macrame from the ’60s and ’70s, but with a whole new twist. I love the beautiful heavy knotted textile hangings as art, or the thin delicate hangings for room screens. [They can hold] hanging flower vases and even light fixtures. This time it’s all about texture with a Scandinavian vibe.

Susan M. Jamieson, ASID, Bridget Beari Designs, Inc.

Conversation pits

We want big living rooms with circular, sunken conversation pits. They need custom built-in sofas, space-age floating fireplaces hanging in the middle, and plush shag carpeting deep enough to swallow your foot. Give us this dedicated zone for hanging out with friends and family, a space that isn’t centered around a TV screen. Give us bold colors and wild graphic patterns on pillows. And, most importantly, give us a live-in housekeeper, because those shag carpets are a nightmare to keep clean.

– Chris Stout-Hazard, ROGER+CHRIS

Photo from Zillow listing.

The home design trend from the past I’d love to see make a comeback is the conversation pit. Our technology age has created a digital life and physical separation. The classic conversation pit promotes togetherness and community. The conversational pit arrangement organically encourages people to face each other with comfortable deep seating. It also can be an advantage in design strategy, with a flexibility to promote a stylish streamlined modern feel or a casual bohemian aesthetic. Inspiring our clients to ditch the television and engage with family and friends is part of our design practice, creating space as experience.

– Elena Frampton, Frampton Co.

Timelessly practical kitchen features

Two of our favorite features making a comeback lately are banquette seating and library ladders, especially in the kitchen. A lot of our projects are in the city, where space is at a premium. Banquette seating works great in a tight space, plus it creates additional storage opportunities under the bench. Same goes for the ladder: It’s all about space. If you don’t have to haul out a clunky ladder to access everything out of reach, you can double your kitchen’s storage capacity with cabinets or shelves that go all the way up to the ceiling.

– Jeff Pelletier,  Board & Vellum

Photo from Zillow listing.

Brass hardware and fixtures

Used in smaller doses like pull handles and faucets with a more sleek and modern shape, [brass hardware and fixtures] can really up your design game in a cool classy way. My favorite bathroom look right now is dark navy cabinets with Carrera marble quartz counters, oversized white sinks, and printed cement floor tile incorporated with brass pull handles and faucets.

– Christina El Moussa, HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” and SuccessPath

Photo from Zillow listing.

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Lighten Up: Decorating With the New Pastels

Taking cues from Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016 announcement, the design world is starting to implement pastel colors into its palette.

While pastels might once have been reserved for nurseries and bridesmaid’s dresses, they’ve grown up over the years and are taking a sophisticated turn, showing up in window coverings, upholstered fabrics, and even paint.

With Pantone’s Rose Quartz and Serenity in mind, we’ve chosen a few of our favorite ways to bring pastels out of your toddler’s space and into your living room, master bedroom, and bathroom.

Soft focus

When most people think of pastels, they tend to conjure up images of cotton candy pink and baby blue. But pastels are just lighter, creamier versions of hues we see every day.

In 2016, we see design shifting to classic comfort with soft, tufted sofas, large area rugs, and plenty of natural light. With this in mind, a sophisticated pastel pairing of blue and green helps make the room more serene and focused on calming color and texture, instead of the hard-lined modernity we’re so used to seeing.

In this living room, the mantel has been painted a soft blue and is beautifully complemented by light and bright furnishings and a natural woven rug.


Courtesy of Zillow Digs.

On balance

Focusing on making the pastel color palette the center of the room, this bedroom is curated with fluffy textiles and simple features like window coverings, side tables, and framed mirrors.


Courtesy of Zillow Digs.

The two armchairs, wrapped in creamy pastel upholstery, give the room a focal point. Complementing the lightly colored textiles and fabrics with dark wood accents lends a balanced look, rather than the overly feminine style most pastel color palettes seem to create.

Light and bright

In the bathroom, don’t be afraid to make pastel paint the focal point. In fact, a coat of pastel blue paint can help brighten a bathroom that lacks natural light, like a guest or powder bathroom.


Courtesy of Zillow Digs.

Accessorize the pastel paint with nickel accessories. Because of its bright shininess, nickel accessories contribute clean and crisp design to the pastel coloring, balancing the tone and creating a fresh overall look. Sinks, vanities, showers, and tubs should also be bright and light.

Thanks to Pantone’s pairing of pretty pastels for 2016, we can look forward to a whole new palette to work with. Don’t be afraid to try pastels in your own home, from throw pillows and area rugs to paint and furniture.

Complement the colors with dark accessories and furnishings for a masculine tone, or light and bright pieces for a fun and feminine feel.


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Get Rich Quick: Decorating With Jewel Tones

While we still love a neutral color palette and subtle accents, the design world is going crazy over rich jewel tones like emerald, sapphire, and fuchsia.

Jewel tones are most often used as accents to a neutral color palette in the form of an accent wall, a few throw pillows on the couch, or a brightly colored picture frame.

In 2017, though, jewel tones are being elevated to the lead design role, playing the part of main color and shimmering accent in sparkling tones and luxe textures. Here’s what you need to know about using one of this year’s must-have trends.

What are some popular jewel tones?

Saturated color is key. When decorating or designing with jewel tones, think about deep, contrasting colors, like emerald or ruby. These colors are bright yet rich, adding moodiness and vibrancy all at once.

Photo courtesy Michelle Workman

Other jewel tones convey a brighter, livelier style, like fuchsia or sapphire. These hues offer a more youthful take on the classic jewel tone, and would be used more sparingly throughout a space.

Where do jewel tones work best?

Anywhere! When chartreuse green is paired with a classic black-and-white palette, a living room can suddenly become both playful and elegant, perfect for the growing family or as a space for entertaining.

Photo courtesy Ulinkly Window Treatment

A den or study that dons dark woodwork and metallic tones can transform to a bolder, even more masculine room when a vibrant tone like ruby red is introduced.

And a fresh coat of turquoise can easily be combined with shades of yellow or interesting woodwork to brighten a smaller space, like a powder room or office nook.

Entryways can also benefit from jewel tones – make a statement in a traditional entry with a splash of vibrant pink for a feminine yet fresh look.

How do you add jewel tones without going all in?

The easiest way to incorporate jewel tones in your home’s design is via subtle accents, like artwork or smaller pieces of furniture. By incorporating jewel tones into furnishings, like a velvet sofa or tufted ottoman, a room is instantly infused with dimension and livability.

Photo from Zillow listing

Which jewel tones are trending?

It’s easy to pick out the most popular jewel tones – you can look in your own jewel box and see hues of emerald green, ruby red, sapphire blue, aquamarine, and vibrant pinks and fuchsias.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Workman

Vibrant hues will be popping up everywhere in the next year, bringing life and richness to homes in all categories – traditional, modern, eclectic, you name it. How would you add jewel tones to your own space?


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14 Festive Fall Decorating Ideas

What you see, smell and feel right now all points to the changing of the seasons. You don’t even need a calendar. The leaves turning colors, scents of apples and pumpkins and the cool, crisp air all announce the coming of winter. Embrace the transformation by embellishing your home inside and out with the traditional colors and themes of autumn.

We divided fall decorating suggestions into five categories. Whether you turn to expert DIYers, buy what you want already-made or use your own creativity, you, too, can usher fall in with charming décor.


  1. Buy one readymade: Plow and Hearth sells a beautiful indoor classic while Pier 1 Imports offers several varieties made with everything from burlap and flowers to faux magnolia leaves or mixed leaves.
  2. Make your own: Start with a base like driftwood, Styrofoam, floral foam, grapevine or whatever appeals to you. Be sure to measure the area where you plan to hang the wreath so you don’t end up with one that’s too large for the space. Cover the base with burlap or other fabric and add preserved leaves, dyed corn, winterberries, tiny gourds, miniature white pumpkins, feathers in earth tones or whatever you score at a craft store or dollar shop.

DIY Fall Wreath


Porch Décor

  1. Mums the word: Plant Chrysanthemums in real pumpkins. Select pumpkins a little larger than the mum’s container. Then follow these step-by step instructions.
  2. Line the steps: Place different colored gourds and various sizes of pumpkins along your stairs, intermingled with fall potted plants and greenery.
  3. Light the way: The writer of the blog “We R Memory Keepers” shows you how to create fall luminaries.

Fall Front Porch


Table Centerpieces

  1. Paint your pumpkins: Far less messy than carving, use your imagination. With acrylics, draw faces or use painter’s tape to make shapes. Embellish with stickers.
  2. Remember decoupage: This also works for adorning your orange vegetable with images.
  3. Arrange candles: Partially fill clear glass vases with coffee beans or popcorn kernels, then insert candles in fall colors. Or, use autumnal colored votive jars and fill with fall berries and flowers.

Fall Candles


Mantel Arrangements

  1. Create a dried grouping: Place wheat, branches, goldenrod, cattails and ornamental grasses in one large or three small vases. Use gourds and acorns to highlight the array.
  2. Frame fall leaves: Make frames from twigs or buy floating ones. Find the brightest leaves in a variety of colors and you have fall décor to hang above the mantel.
  3. Ring the bell: Arrange pumpkins, fall leaves, small gourds or pinecones on top of a bed of moss inside a bell jar.
  4. Be corny: Wrap votive holders with dried cornhusks and tie with raffia. Adorn the outside with a small leaf or feather.

Autumn Mantel



  1. An apple a day: Display a variety of different colored apples, and other autumnal fruits and gourds, in a clear or decorative bowl or urn.
  2. Hang ornamental corn: Ornamental corn comes in a vast array of colors and makes a beautiful fall décor arrangement.

Fall Fruit Arrangement


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