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Retro Style Treatments for your Space

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Retro Window TreatmentsFor 2016, the term Retro Tech is bringing it back as an interior design trend to watch. Similar to domestic tech from the 1960’s the newest technology is created to seamlessly fit in with the furniture of the 1950’s and 1960’s eras. The term “retro” is a reference to any decor of decades past, but more than 20 to 30 years old can be considered vintage. Retro now very much on the rise again, is associated to reflect the designs from 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. The mid-1900s having produced some of the most iconic pieces in modern design materials like molded plastic, plywood, and aluminum in industrial design. For that you can credit designers from Saarinen, Niemeyer, Eames, Noguchi, Jacobsen to name a few. Retro style can be characterized typically by refined lines, minimalist silhouettes, and natural shapes.

Style of Window Treatments for your Retro Space

When decorating in the retro style, first it is important to free your inhibitions when it comes to changing up and mixing colors and shapes. The goal is to decorate with the essence of funky, bold and far out.

For Window treatment color, be bold. Punches of avocado green, mustard yellow, indigo blue and bright, bold cherry red made for an appealing piece of kitchen decor in the 1950s. Elaborate prints like paisley, iconic cherry prints and include different textures like barkcloth.

Any asymmetrical and abstract patterns will work best- the more matchy-matchy your drapes are to your pillows, kitchen towels, toaster or shower curtain, the better.

Furniture of the time was straight, clean lines accented with smooth, curved angles and rarely feature any fancy ornamentation or upholstery, controversially was made up with the patterns, prints in window treatments and linen fabrics.

Iconic Retro Window Treatments

– 2″ Horizontal Blinds in aluminum were commonly known as ‘Venetian blinds’, these wide aluminum numbers were popular with wide cloth tapes in contrasting colors.  This window treatment, blocks moderate light, which can still peek through holes in the slats.

– Pinch pleat drapes hang wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling. Panels could be closed for privacy or left open to flank large windows with color.  Sometimes Pinch pleat curtains were hung with aluminum blinds on large windows. To control light these heavy panels were best layered on top of sheers to let in light without losing privacy.

– Roller shades are a good alternative to horizontal blinds and less expensive in that era.

These shades offered a fun way to show off bold kitschy patterns. This style of shade was functional and often layered with drapes or a valance on top to add softness and style. And the cherry on top- decorative tassels to pull, line edges with a contrasting ball or maybe a fringe-trim or scalloped hem.

– Stained wood blinds and shades are another mid-century window covering standby. These give more of a rustic feel that was seen with 60s era homes. Woven Wood Shades were a hit during the Polynesian pop era that swept the nation during the 50s and 60s. To bring the island feel indoors, designers created wood woven shades and other pieces like Tiki bars, bamboo furniture and knotty pine accents.

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