Retro is fast becoming a titan in the world of wallpaper design. Once, the trend was the clean-cut bareness of minimalism with its stark, neutral colours and lack of patterns and pictures. But now, retro wallpaper — with its vintage style, former fashions and images of the past — is on the up.
If you want something bright, bold and different that adds personality and warmth to your decor, we’ve put together our top five retro wallpaper designs for you to consider trying in your home next year.
Navigator VIP from Arthouse
Featuring powerful galleons, newly-plotted islands and old-fashioned compasses; Arthouse’s Navigator VIP wallpaper harks back to the early days of world exploration. This vintage treasure-map-style wallpaper makes us think of global voyages and pioneering heroes, while the gentle shading around the islands really makes it stand out from the wall. The neutral colouring of the Navigator VIP wallpaper helps it complement a range of decors and even be used as a feature wall.
Retro Swirl from Grandeco
This Retro Swirl wallpaper from Grandeco is ideal if you’re looking for a design from the 1960s and 1970s that reminds you of one of modern history’s most dynamic and vibrant eras. This period was all about the Hippie Movement, space exploration and evolution of unconventionality — from music to society. With waving ribbon swirls running downwards, this wallpaper gives an eye-catching effect that was very popular during the period. If you want something bold and powerful, but still warm and welcoming; the blend of cream, beige and orange ensures that this choice isn’t too extreme — ideal if you’re thinking of papering your living room or hallway.
Retro Robot from Arthouse
Arthouse’s Retro Robot wallpaper is fun, colourful and perfect for a child’s bedroom — or even the office of someone young-at-heart. Robot toys, films and programmes really made their mark during the 1980s. Kids were fascinated by the gadgety features of robots, and the sketches on this wallpaper are a close illustration of how they typically looked all those decades ago. With Arthouse’s Retro Robot wallpaper, you can choose from three designs featuring these old-school robots — although we particularly like the rough, coloured-in effect on a black or white background!
American Diner from Arthouse
Featuring images of frothy milkshakes and fast food menus from the 1960s, the retro American Diner wallpaper suits a lively kitchen perfectly. New to the Arthouse’s Opera collection, it also features pictures of classic Cadillacs, old road signs and vintage cola ads that attractively overlap each other, which add to the nostalgia effect. The brick wall background makes the design feel very down-to-earth, and we particularly like the idea of using the wallpaper as a feature somewhere on a prominent wall in your kitchen.
Mad Dogs from Holden Decor
We love this retro Mad Dogs wallpaper for its old, quirky Britishness — displayed wonderfully by the pipe-smoking giraffe and Alice in Wonderland image. Accessories, such as the monocle and pocket watch, remind us of early 19th-century Britain, while the sparse use of bold colour on the black-and-white background provides a contemporary feel to help the wallpaper stand out. A humorous design packed with character, you can run this throughout the whole room or choose a single wall and make a focal point.
If you want to buy retro wallpaper and would like more ideas, we have lots more for you to look at in our retro wallpaper range.