Retro decorating is a popular choice among people of all ages. Whether you love the bright and funky prints and colors of the 70s, or the straight lines and polyester patterns of the 60s and 50s, retro decorating is a fun way to celebrate the past. Today we’ll discuss a few easy retro decorating ideas for your bedroom, and we will be focusing on 70s retro décor since it is the most popular form of retro decorating.
Easy retro decorating ideas for your bedroom:
Nothing says 70s retro décor like shag carpeting. But instead of installing wall to wall shag carpeting that will quickly become ragged and worn down, just pick up an inexpensive shag carpet throw rug. These can be found fairly inexpensively at places like Walmart or Target. Buy one large shag carpet, or several smaller ones in various colors to give your retro bedroom a truly authentic look and feel.
70’s retro bedding
Bedding is one of the most important aspects of any room, as it is usually one of the first things people notice. Find funky 70s bedding for your retro bedroom at any of the retailers listed below. Be sure to select bedding that will blend with the color of your shag carpeting. For example, if you’ve selected a deep blue shag carpeting, look for bedding that has just a hint of that color mixed in with the print.
70s themed bedding – Find the perfect bedding for your 70s retro bedroom at this Vision Bedding (www.visionbedding.com). Available patterns vary from the ‘Peace-Love-Joy’ theme, to roller skates and Volkswagen Bus Vans (remember those?) and much more.
Tie Dye Bedding – Tie Dye was huge in the 70s. Everywhere you looked, Tie Dye was there. Adding tie dye bedding to your retro bedroom is a great idea. Although thirty years has passed, you can still find a big selection of tie dye bedding in stores such as Walmart, Target, Kmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and online at retailers like Amazon and Overstock. Again, just be aware of the colors you are choosing to ensure that they flow with the ones in your rugs.
Retro bedroom accents
Beaded curtains – This was something that was commonly seen in the 70s. Beaded curtains were used in doorways in place of doors, or behind beds in place of headboards. Add a few beads to your retro bedroom to give it a fun and exciting look.
Disco ball – A popular part of 70s pop culture was disco music. No 70s retro bedroom would be complete without a disco ball! Obviously, this isn’t something you want to have to wire and attach to your ceiling permanently. Instead, purchase a desktop disco ball for under $20 (find them at Walmart, Spencer’s Gifts, etc.) and place it on a side table next to the bed.
Retro posters – Decorate your retro bedroom walls with fun 70s retro posters. These may be a little difficult to find in stores, but you can purchase nostalgic posters from the 70s at any of the e-tailers listed below:
Zazzle (www.zazzle.co.uk) – This store offers a terrific assortment of 70s posters, prints and art.
Movie Posters (www.movie posters.com) – Find a huge selection of 70s movie posters that would look great in your retro bedroom. Find a poster for virtually any movie that was made in the 70s.
Lava lamp – Lava lamps were huge in both the 60s and the 70s. Finish your retro bedroom off with a colorful lava lamp. Groovy!
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