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6 Retro Trends That Are Coming back

6 Retro Trends That Are Coming back

Friday January 18, 2019
By: Danielle Blundell

What goes around, comes around—at least when it comes to home design. On the one hand, some seasonal motifs never die. Every fall plaid makes a comeback, and spring is not florals galore (groundbreaking, I know). But even beyond that, some trends do resurrect themselves.

And it's crazy because this process tends to happen in a flash and is far-reaching, from high-end to mass market, which always makes me think there's some secret meeting where the design world gets together and votes on what to bring back. In a way, though, I guess that is sort of what happens at trade shows. If buyers see a bunch of companies coming out with similar things, they hone in on that as a trend, and then it's all we see in stores. So I thought it would be fun to poll a few designers and study a few lookbooks to see what vintage trends might make their way to the forefront again in 2019. These six are definitely on my radar.

1. Retro Appliances

Other AT writers have mentioned that rounded shapes and bolder colors are coming back, and retro style appliances fit right into that equation. Colorful Big Chill and SMEG throwback refrigerators are popping up more and more in makeovers I see, especially in shared workspaces, event venues, and second or rental homes—where you might not need as big of a unit. Inspired by their wood-burning stoves of the 1920s, Bertazzoni introduced their Heritage Series Range, which features old school inspired rounded chrome knobs, bright chrome handrails, and stainless steel trim. And retro countertop appliances with curvy lines are becoming a thing again. Not that I condone watching "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," but they basically devoted an entire episode last season to SMEG's cute countertop line (Kylie and Kris prefer black by the way if you care). So these are on the rise again, and it'll be interesting to see what other companies create their lines of throwback styles.

2. Floating Fixtures

Hanisch just used this fantastic tessellated stone floating console from Homenature for a client, which has an '80s bend, literally. And a lot of bathrooms these days are rocking vanities that hover over the ground, a good foot or more. Not sure if this trend has something to do with opening up space, just making it seem lighter and airier on the whole. But something is going on here, and I want to get to the bottom of it. Maybe we're all just tired of looking at large vanities, desks, and consoles. Or we're spending more on our floors, and we want to show them off. As long as you still have some storage with these pieces (if you need it), I think floating furniture is a yes.

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