We spend a lot of time checking out awesome ’80s interiors here at Mirror80, but today we’re bringing the retro design story closer to home. Maybe you love 1980s style but you’re not wanting it to completely take over your interior. Or maybe you want to collect as many ’80s pieces as possible but you’re on a budget for now. Read on for a few easy, affordable, modern ways to bring ’80s design home…
Diagonal stripes were always a dead giveaway that a home was built in the ’70s or ’80s, especially if the living room featured a fireplace with diagonal wood paneling! But now people are deliberately adding diagonal paneling to their homes, and you can definitely see this look in commercial spaces and catalog shoots. Whether you paint diagonal stripes on the wall, incorporate pillows and bedding with slanted stripes into your home, or purchase ceramics with the motif, diagonals instantly evoke retro style, even when the items are brand new.
There’s no denying that houseplants are a thing now. Not that they were ever out of style, but they’re kind of an essential in today’s modern design climate. Plus, they’re cheap, and they have the power to instantly add a retro-tropical vibe to your interior. Try playing up the Deco side of tropical flair by incorporating ’80s Deco ceramics, like this Royal Haeger vase (which was a cheap thrift store purchase). A few trips to Goodwill can result in more than a few containers that you can fill with plants, or even top with a large air plant if you don’t want to mess with soil and gravel. Bonus points if you find a way to add marble to the mix!
New Memphis Motifs
If you’re not familiar with the phrase “New Memphis,” think Memphis-Milano for modern times. Geo forms, bright colors and speckled textures lead the way here, so now is your chance to pick up vivid objects and scatter them throughout the house. The vase below is a simple clear glass piece covered in contact paper (check out the full DIY here), and the blocks are wooden cubes covered in foam sheeting and marble contact paper. You can’t get more affordable than that!
How do you add ’80s style to your interior? Leave a comment below with a tip or a creative idea so we can all benefit!…