What is Retro Furniture, Exactly? Retro style can be whimsical, it can allude to pop-culture and even be tacky or kitschy. It can have nods to trends in pop culture, fashion, graphic design, natural resources, or current events. This is what retro furniture is; it's anything but classic. Furniture from the 1950s showed the influence of modern furniture growing. Sleek furniture with a slender profile was placed against boldly patterned wallpapers and fabrics. Retro style furniture of the 1950s included diners with Formica-topped tables and chrome bar stools reminiscent of the set of "Back to the Future" when they show scenes in the diner. The next decade, the 1960s, was more playful in terms of structure, patterns and style. It was when psychedelic patterns and splashes of color were mainstream. Low coffee tables and sideboards were still popular, but you also saw furnishings such as one-piece molded or blow-up chairs.
Furniture and its function. The first factor in deciding whether a piece of furniture stays or goes is its function. Ask yourself what furniture is needed – the different activities carried out in a particular room require specific furniture (beds for bedrooms, seating for a living room, etc.). Consider each person in your home – does one person love a cozy lounge chair? Do you need extra storage for all of your children's toys? After thinking about those basic questions, pay special attention to the following aspects. The basic furniture for every room. Each room or space of the house has specific uses and therefore needs specific furniture. These spaces are organized according to their activities: the dining room to eat, the living room to rest or as a meeting place, the bedroom to sleep, and so on. If you're starting to make your list of furniture, start by deciding what type of furniture you need depending on the room and thinking about alternatives.
Construction: You want the furniture piece to feel solid and heavy. Avoid particleboard and light aluminum frames and stick with solid wood construction. Solid wood frames will generally last much longer and is the standard for fine furniture. However, make sure that the price is consistent with your expectations for how long the piece is going to last. The cushion is also an important point to consider when looking at construction. Before purchasing anything, give it the sit test. No matter how beautiful your new upholstery piece is you won't enjoy it if it's not comfortable. Silhouette: Is the general shape of the piece trendy or will it stand the test of time? A piece of furniture is an investment in your home and says a lot about you. Choose a silhouette that you will love now and in the future. This doesn't mean, however, that you should choose something shapeless or without style. Whether your preferences are contemporary or traditional, there are many updated options available on the market.
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