Inspirations for a retro living room: Soft Furnishings

I’ve already blogged about finding vintage fabrics and making some unique retro cushions for my 60s-inspired living room design, but here’s a post on the rest of the soft furnishings in my living room, including throws and curtains. I am looking for clashing patterns and, of course, lovely orange shades to add to the retro feel of the room.

As I was choosing my fabrics, I was looking for something quirky but not necessarily directly from the era in this case, as I knew that it would be difficult to find enough quantity of a vintage fabric to make curtains. So I chose a modern fabric with a cartoon bumble-bee design – still including a little injection of the orange colour that I’ve used throughout the room design. I actually think that these curtains are supposed to be in a children’s bedroom but I love them and I’m happy to have the bees buzzing around my living room windows!

I also chose a throw that clashes nicely with my cushions, which also has an orange stripe running through the tartan pattern. This throw is a recycled wool rug from Tweed Mill Textiles and can be bought for around £15 online and from farm shops including the Adnams brewery shop in Southwold and Jimmy’s Farm near Ipswich. (You can see my bumble bee curtains just behind the sofa too!)

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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