The first rule of interior design – never to underestimate the power of a statement piece. A rug can change a room, but a good retro rug can transform it into a stylish little piece of heaven.
That makes retro and vintage rugs the ultimate statement pieces. They hold power to mimic the greatness of the lavish lifestyle they had in the 50s, the 60s, and the 70s.
The magic and the allure of that era have been sought after interior designs since forever. But lately, it feels the “retro vibe” has become even more in demand.
Some might say that it has something to do with the feeling behind it. The style of the “retro era” dictates freedom, playfulness, and positivity.
And who wouldn’t want those feelings in their own home after the horrific two years that we all had?
The less popularized opinion on why the retro interior design style is making a “comeback” is the fact that pieces from that era actually look good, which is a nice contrast to our bored-out palates by years and years of minimalism and modernism.
The human eye will always crave more, and that is exactly what retro is – more.
Having said all that, here are some tips and professional tips passed on behind fabulous closed doors on how to make your home a stylish safe-haven with just retro rugs.
The Size Of The Retro Rug
When deciding to change your home feel into a more retro one, you should have the courage and make bold decisions.
The first bold decision is to always purchase big rugs. When it comes to retro rugs, trust us, the bigger the rug, the better the feel.
You can start by choosing a rug for the most visited room in your house – the living room.
Once you’ve made a purchase and you actually find a great place for the rug, you can start looking into rugs for the other rooms of your house.
What we are essentially saying is to take your time with retro rugs. Don’t buy them in bulk, and certainly don’t buy the same rug for every room.
Every room has its own style, and if it feels as something is missing, the rug should be the thing that completes it. The room should also dictate the size of the retro rug, so different rooms have different-sized rugs.
The Colors And Patterns Of The Retro Rug
If you have more modern home decor and you want to cut the perfectionism of the overall interior design style – you should also be bold with the colors and the patterns of the retro rug.
It is no secret that if you want to add more color to your home, you should purchase a rug.
Try to pick out colors that will create a drastic contrast with the rest of your furniture and decor. For example, if your home is now decorated in more natural, earthy, pastel colors – opt for a retro rug that has a bright red or pink on it.
Or, if the room for the rug is missing some texture or depth, opt for more complicated and detailed patterns on the rug so the eye will immediately be drawn to it.
What this does is also put the other elements in the room under a spotlight. This way, you will actually notice the cleanness of the fabric of your pillows or the minimal design of your coffee table.
You will have something to compare it to, i.e., you are creating another contrast and this time with patterns. It is also the first step into learning how to best mix patterns.
The Fabric Of The Retro Rug
When picking and choosing retro rugs for your home, another thing that you should definitely pay attention to is the fabrics of the rugs.
The fabric should also create another dimension of contrast, but it should also go with the other fabrics in the room, i.e., the one fabric should complement the other.
Let’s say that you have a leather couch. A great addition to that would be a fluffy retro rug made from shag. But that wouldn’t be the case if you are choosing a rug for your kids’ room.
Because you want it to be easy to maintain and clean, you should definitely choose a rug made from chenille fabric.
What Do You Actually Want To Achieve With A Retro Rug
Before even browsing for a retro rug, go into the room you want to put it in and ask yourself what do you want this rug to achieve?
Do you want it to bring more brightness and positivity to the room? Or maybe do you want it to tone it down and add depth to it?
It’s important to ask yourself what kind of a feeling you want to create with the rug, so you can make the best choice when buying one. You will know the right one when you see it.