They say that “everything that’s old is new again” and this is true in home design trend as well. With the popularity of Mid-Century Modern and Craftsman home styles, interior designers have taken a new look at some trends from previous decades. Some have made a strong return in magazines and model homes.

Here are the 5 best retro trends making a comeback.

  1. Wallpaper – Wallpaper is everywhere. Not the dark flowered prints of our parents, wallpaper today adds texture and interest by mixing more subtle patterns and tones. It also is not used on all the walls in the room but more as an accent wall to draw attention and offer an architectural element to a room.
  2. Color in Kitchens – Kitchens are brighter and use white in a variety of ways. From subway tile backsplashes to sleek kitchen cabinets, kitchen designers have embraced white kitchens as a hot trend over the past few years. A climbing trend is using color in the kitchen in the form of colored cabinets. Or even introducing two tone cabinets in a kitchen– white upper cabinets and colored lower cabinets or a color cabinet as an island.
  3. Nooks and Niches – While homes still boast open floorplans, more model homes are showcasing nooks and niches for reading, fireplaces and breakfast tables.
  4. Gold Tones – Brass has made a comeback. The golds and brasses of the 80s and early 90s have had a refresh with the current brushed or satin brass in fixtures and light sconces. Even the polished brass fixtures have a place in current home design. The gold tones add a touch of luxury to the space.
  5. Patterns – Patterns of all types are becoming more popular. Simple shapes and bold, geometric patterns are gracing tile floors, backsplashes and entire walls.

Retro style is everywhere. Fresh eyes are taking hints of the popular styles from the 50s, 60s and 70s and adding a modern twist; merging a contemporary lifestyle with tones from the past. Adding a retro element is now the best way to update a home design.