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How to Add a Touch of Retro to a Loft Conversion

Upcycling and repurposing are huge, and it’s easy to see why: you can find a piece which is completely different to anything currently in the shops; it’s likely to be well loved and may even have a little bit of history behind it.

If retro décor is your thing, you may be wondering how you can incorporate it into a brand spanking new loft conversion. After all, in a freshly plastered, painted or wallpapered a room, it can feel a little odd trying to make it feel, well, old.

However, there are several little touches that you can add to give it a retro touch. A loft conversion before and after vintage touches have been added will feel quite different; it will be the start of making your new room part of your home!

Repurpose Items

Something which works well when it comes to adding a retro look to any room is to repurpose items. This often means taking an item and using it for something other than its original intention. 

For example, upturned packing crates or old leather suitcases stacked one upon another can make for a great substitute bedside cabinet. If you don’t want it to look too rustic and would like it to be completely fit for purpose rather than temporary or makeshift too, there are several companies who will turn such items into purpose-built tables, cabinets and storage for you.

Period Charm

Of course, if you’re decorating the likes of a farmhouse loft conversion, why not add to its original period charm? Buy second-hand wardrobes, cabinets and furniture which is in keeping with the era in which your house was built. This will give a feeling of class and elegance to your new loft conversion, as well as continue to tell your home’s story.

Eclectic Collections

Many people nowadays go quite eclectic with their vintage tastes. There’s no hard and fast rule about mixing and matching eras, and in some ways, this can be the easiest way to create an overall retro look.

Look out for collectable ornaments such as retro Siamese cats, or square digital clocks, and group these together on a shelf. Add atomic lights or a starburst wall clock for something a little different elsewhere. Then use a rattan hamper for storage instead of an ottoman.

Finishing Touches

Mixed prints and textures work really well to give a vintage feel. Retro isn’t as sophisticated or monotone as modern day décor so add the likes of vintage travel posters next to a wall of 1960s mirrors; then throw a hand crocheted granny square blanket over a wingback chair to soften the overall look and feel.

If you’re thinking of converting your loft but are worried about it looking too modern in comparison to the rest of your home, get in contact with Bespoke Lofts. We can create a beautiful, brand spanking new loft conversion, but can then suggest ways of decorating it which have a vintage feel, such as using metro tiles in loft conversion bathrooms or trying to retain original roof beams where possible. This will give you the best of both worlds!

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