The start of a new year is bound to bring about some changes for many of us.

This can include starting a new job, moving into a new home, or following a few new year’s resolutions. One change that is quite common in many households is renovations. If you are looking to spruce up your home with different textures, tones, colours, and impressions, then you have come to the right place. Let’s find out how you can introduce a vintage appeal to your living room using 70s style rugs.

What is a Retro Rug?

A retro style décor is encouraged by a Scandinavian interior design theme that dates back to the 70s. Some key designs that characterise a 70s retro rug are shaggy materials made with polyester threads and patterns designed in swirls, waves, and curves. Retro rugs are widely known as vintage carpets and come in a range of colours, including burgundy red, sky blue, green, and pink.

These rugs are high-quality, durable, affordable, and easy to clean. As such, they are the perfect decorative pieces that you can use to brighten up and redesign your home to create an inviting and homely feel.

Now that we know a little bit about retro rugs, how can you use them to decorate your living room? Here are a few effortless steps that you can follow:

The Perfect Colour Theme of a Retro Décor Style

Generally, retro rugs are bright, vibrant carpets with a shaggy look and texture. Therefore, in the living room, these rugs can be used as a statement piece that draws the attention of anyone who walks into the room. Suppose you are thinking about using a retro area rug in your living room. In that case, you do not want to use too many bright colours in the room, as there will be a clash of colours and patterns and a sense of disharmony.

Neutral colour tones such as brown, cream, white, and grey are the perfect colour scheme for the décor when using a retro rug. The neutral colours are characteristic of a modern look and will make the room look more spacious and sleeker. In this case, if the furniture and upholstery of your living room have a neutral colour tone, then a retro area rug is the perfect piece to pull the room together.

When decorating a room with retro rugs, it is best to decide on a particular theme first. This can be anything from a modern décor to a rustic look and even an eclectic design. The theme will give you a better idea of the colours and furniture you will use to decorate. For example, using shaggy decorative pillows will not suit the shaggy design of most retro rugs. Once you have a general idea of the theme, you will better understand the colour and pattern of the retro rug you want to use.

How to Layer Retro Rugs in the Living Room

Due to the shaggy material, many people wonder if retro rugs can be layered. The answer is yes. However, this will only fit if your retro rug is more of a smaller size. Preferably around 2×3 inches. When layering, the retro rug should be placed on top of a larger flat carpet. This larger carpet should be flat so that it does not create any obstacles or uneven areas when layering. This combination will create the perfect atmosphere with an inviting and homely feel.

The Different Ways to Use Retro Rugs in the Living Room

Retro rugs come in various shapes and sizes, with the smallest being 2×3 inches. These rugs are the perfect size to be placed anywhere, such as in front of a fireplace, in a doorway, under a table in the living room, or as a statement piece. How they are placed in the room can affect the spacing and the feel.

For instance, placing two or three retro rugs in different areas of a room can give the illusion of more space. Alternatively, if a room has an open plan, you can use an area retro rug to separate different sections of a room. The perfect way to use an area retro rug is to place it under a table surrounded by a seating area. Ideally, this will be the center of the room.

The Secret to Designing with Retro Rugs

Retro rugs are one of the few types of carpets that is always relevant in the interior design industry. These rugs can be used in several ways and can fit many decorating themes and ideas, such as modern, minimalist, bohemian, and rustic styles. The key to decorating with retro rugs is to ensure that there isn’t a clash between the rug’s colour, pattern, and texture with the rest of the furniture.