Creating the perfect retro look for your living room

If you’re looking to create a welcoming, stylish and homely look in your living room, giving your home décor a retro twist is a great place to start. The versatility of the retro look means that you can make your interior design as subtle or as all-out as you want. Plus, as it’s easy to add personal touches you can easily make your home reflect your unique personality.

The wallpaper in my retro living room
The wallpaper in my retro living room

As they form the backdrop to your room, creating effective wall décor will be important to the overall look of your room. If you can, buy some retro-inspired wallpaper and transform one surface into a stunning feature wall. Alternatively, use a rich paint colour to add a luxurious and warm tone to the room.

If you’re not able to alter the colour of the room, or just want to add a little extra detail, keep an eye out for retro picture frames and posters to enhance your walls. You could even frame vintage-style pieces of wallpaper and create your very own retro art.


In any living room, the sofa will play an important role both in the style and feel of the room and you’ll find a great selection of items in the range of sofas from Sainsbury’s if you’re looking for inspiration. Leather sofas, especially those with a vintage twist, will look fantastic in your retro living room. You could pair it with a matching foot stool for a great feature piece, or you can place a throw over an existing sofa to give it a vintage feel.

If you’re not replacing your sofa, you could always invest in a retro looking chair to add the character that you need to the room.

Choose bright cushions & throws in retro fabrics
Choose bright cushions & throws in retro fabrics


Changing your entire floor to match your new look, though great if you want to create a unified theme, may be a little impractical. So why not add a retro touch with a rug or runner instead? If you’ve got wooden floorboards hiding underneath your worn out flooring, you could add real charm and character to your home by revealing it in all its glory.

Changing the look of your living room is a great way to rejuvenate your home and let your personality shine through your décor. So have a look around your living room and see what you can do to give it some old-fashioned charm. Thanks for reading this guest post by Sainsbury’s. To find out more about selecting stylish retro home furnishings, check out the  Sainsbury’s website.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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