The vintage revival has been around for many years, but locals are now finding new and fascinating ways to incorporate nostalgic features into their own spaces. While the inspiration has its roots in the past, there are many fresh and fun ways to pay homage to the past in a contemporary home.
So if you have always been drawn to flea markets, and anything that belongs to another era, start collecting anything that catches your eye! You can now take a cue from these delightful homes, which interweave retro and contemporary looks together, and get inspired to incorporate second-hand or vintage-inspired furniture, accessories, and collectibles around your existing abode!
Create an eclectic look
Get funky instead of passé by contrasting the retro style with other equally striking décor themes.
1. While the common area of this expansive home is decked out mainly in retro-inspired furniture, it is combined with classical and contemporary elements that result in an invigorating fusion.
Interior Designer: The Scientist
Location: Bukit View
2. This apartment sees a gorgeous blend of Mid-Century Modern and industrial vibes. Take note of how the raw, textural surface of the exposed brick wall serves as a fab backdrop for the round, comforting silhouettes of the credenza!
Interior Designer: The 80’s Studio
Location: Sengkang West Way
Stick to statement pieces
In love with aesthetics from yesteryear, but don’t want your home to look simply like a blast from the past? We suggest you restrict the retro touches to just a few key items.
3. It doesn’t take much to inject a home with a retrolicious edge. In this space, all it took was a 1960s-style Chinese accordion room divider and kopitiam chairs in the living room, and a stylish wicker panel for the bedroom’s headboard that’s accompanied by retro wall lamps.
Interior Designer: DistinctIdentity
Location: Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Cost of renovation: $40,000
4. By keeping the backdrop of this home plain and simple, the vintage Chinese collection could make a really bold statement!
Interior Designer: Prozfile
Location: Minbu Villa
Cost of renovation: $110,000
Play with accessories
Pepper the house with quirky retro decorative items to add personality into the abode.
5. It’s all about the details in this charmingly nostalgic home. The homeowner’s passion for old times is evident in the accessories that pepper the space – from the dial telephone to the retro lights in the bedroom.
Interior Designer: Chapter B
Location: Bukit Merah View
Cost of renovation: $40,000
6. We could definitely pick up some decorating tips from the occupants of this exquisite dwelling! The multiple vignettes found around the cosy home demonstrate how a seemingly random assortment of retro accessories can do wonders when styled well together.
Interior Designer: Three-D Conceptwerke
Location: Edgefield Plains
Cost of renovation: $80,000
Clean and Uncluttered
For a more refined take on the retro look, be sure to keep the rest of the home’s styling clean-cut.
7. Without the couple of vintage armchairs in the living room, this home would be considered contemporary. But these chairs echo the Terrazzo floor, which were prevalent in old HDB flats, and give this clean-cut home a lovely nostalgic spin.
Interior Designer: Free Space Intent
Location: Ang Mo Kio
Cost of renovation: $65,000
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