When it comes to giving your home a kitsch makeover, there are just so many exciting ideas out there that it can be pretty hard to know where to start. The good news is, kitsch and retro have made a major comeback recently and so it’s easier than you might think to find gorgeous pieces for your home that won’t cost you the earth.
Kitsch and retro are amazing, there’s no denying it, but there are certain things you should definitely avoid. Here are some ideas to help you create a sweet home to reflect your incredible style - and what not to do too.
Mix it Up.
You may love a certain era and so it might be tempting to go all out and pick everything 60s. Don’t. Decorating an entire house in just one style is a big commitment (no, a huge commitment) and there truly are good and bad aspects to every period. Unless you’re truly dedicated to filling your home with décor from entirely one time period - good luck - then mix your years and your favourite things from each.
If you live on your own, then this will no doubt be a fairly straightforward decision, but if you share your home with others – especially if you have a partner – then agreeing on a colour scheme could be a bit of a battle.
Pick something neutral or pastel, or even black and white, and then inject colour into your home through furniture and the ornaments and trinkets you’ve no doubt collected over the years. By doing this, it allows you to have a wider mix of colours throughout your home without things clashing too much or looking too much. It’s so simple to add kitsch décor and colour into every room, from collecting brightly coloured melamine to display around your kitchen, hanging clusters of pictures or photographs in mixed frames to your walls, to adding home-made bunting to your dining room.
Vintage pieces of furniture, although gorgeous, can often come with a hefty price tag, so it’s worth checking out local car boot sales and vintage warehouses for bargain pieces. If you’re finding it hard sourcing them, don’t worry; there are ways round this with more modern pieces of furniture. Choose a well-made, solid piece of furniture such as that available through Furniture Plus and use this as your base for painting or covering in vintage fabrics that fit in with your chosen theme. For the 50s, distress the furniture using sandpaper and a white wash paint and add egg-shell blue highlights, and for the 60s and 70s think more pop art and coat furniture in bright, primary colours - but be careful not to clash too much.
Hopefully this will give you plenty of inspiration for giving your house a retro-inspired, kitsch makeover. Don’t forget to add plenty of your favourite trinkets and ornaments!