Everything old is new again! The colors of your childhood are back, and better than ever — with fresh takes on vintage favorites. Here are five retro colors that are making a comeback in home design.
This autumnal hue was the color of choice for refrigerator doors and other large appliances back in the 1970s. According to Etsy, 70’s-inspired style is becoming increasingly popular in home décor, and this includes the use of Harvest Gold — with a twist. Today, this trendy color is often called Marigold, and is a subtle, slightly softer version of the Harvest Gold we once knew and loved. No longer relegated to large appliances, this shade looks lovely on bathroom towels, bedroom linens, and kitchen walls. In fact, it’s one of the most popular kitchen trends today!
First popular in the 1950’s and again in the 1980’s, Dusty Rose is back in the spotlight for a third time — and the third time’s the charm! This muted pink was often seen in bathrooms and in the bedrooms of little girls, but today’s Dusty Rose is all grown up. In the TV room, this color works well with gray or dark cabinetry, for a sophisticated, modern look that’s anything but babyish.
This stunning blue has gray undertones, and looks especially lovely in the kitchen, laundry room or bath, when paired with white cabinetry. Like the name implies, this cool and classic hue has been around since the Colonial-era (think George Washington), and had a huge comeback in the 1980s alongside Dusty Rose. It’s just one of those timeless colors that will never go out of style. According to a recent Time Magazine article, blue-gray tones in the kitchen are associated with an increase in a home’s value of around $1,800, and soft blue hues in general appear to boost home value in other rooms, as well.
This cool pastel color is currently hot again in home décor. Mint Green was a popular kitchen color in the 1930s and 40s, replacing the sterile white kitchen trends of the 1920s with a playful pop of color. Today, you’ll see Mint Green popping up all over the home, from bathrooms to bedrooms, and everything in between — including the kitchen! Light, bright and cheerful, mint compliments a wide variety of colors and cabinet finishes, especially when paired with brass or chrome hardware and accessories.
This color was big in the 1960’s, and is seeing resurgence as a neutral alternative to gray or beige. Elegant and refined, today’s Olive Green is ideal for a bar room or home office. It pairs nicely with off-white, dark, or black cabinetry and furniture, and bronze or brushed nickel hardware.
No need to travel back in time to get a blast from the past! Add a touch of nostalgia to your home, and still stay right on trend, with these five retro colors.
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