The Surprising Comeback of Retro Trends in Restaurant Design

  Retro-style interiors inspired by the design of the 50s, 60s and 70s of the twentieth century, full of vivid colours, geometric patterns or seemingly mismatched furniture, surprisingly often returning in restaurant design. However, the key is to exercise moderation in the use of colours and patterns in order not to get the effect of overwhelming chaos. The best solution when renovating a restaurant is a skilful combination of retro style with modernity. Read on to see what you should pay attention to when decorating your restaurant to achieve a quaint effect.

Retro Style Restaurant Interior Design

  The retro style is a way of arranging rooms referring to interior trends in the recent past, in the 50s, 60s and 70s of the twentieth century. In the world, especially in English-speaking countries, it is also often called midcentury modern or vintage. 

  Decorated with sensitivity, restaurants and cafes in a retro style delight with a combination of contemporary construction and interior finishing with original or stylized old furniture and decorations. Thanks to the use of vivid colours, fancy patterns or abstract forms, as well as original elements of the decor from the bygone era, well-designed retro interiors are extraordinary, individual and joyful.

  Retro-style interiors are full of vivid colours and elements with geometric or floral patterns typical of the past decades. Formerly, patterned curtains and wallpapers reigned in the rooms. Contemporary retro arrangements assume a slightly more subdued introduction of designs to the interior. They can appear, for example, in the form of graphics hung on the wall or placed on the floor.

  In the 50s, 60s and 70s, there were also chrome elements (furniture knobs), synthetic materials (plastic figures, sofas upholstered with artificial leather), crazy colours and forms. Retro style in restaurants you can obtain by choosing original, unique in shape and perfectly bespoke furniture made of wood (free-standing chests,  drawers, tables, chairs).

Retro Style Restaurant Interiors

  In retro-style interiors, the walls should be the background for unique decorations, natural greenery of plants or unusual, exquisitely crafted furniture. For this reason, they are usually white. You can achieve contrast thanks to natural wood cladding in warm shades. There are also retro restaurant designs with wallpaper with geometric or floral patterns in colours corresponding to the 50s, 60s or 70s. 

  In a retro-style restaurant bathroom, small-sized tiles will suit the best. White tiles and tiles in dirty green shades, powder pink and mustard yellow will fit perfectly. To give the interior a slightly crazy look, you can also use patterned tiles in various colours or waterproof wallpaper in the style of the 50s, 60s or 70s on a small area.

Retro Style Restaurant Furniture

  Retro-style restaurant furniture should be eye-catching and be the main decoration of the dining room. Usually, a few stylized pieces of furniture are enough to give the interior the atmosphere of the old days. There is no question of blandness or mediocrity here. Retro furniture should contain materials such as wood and leather.

  In the retro-style restaurant, simple, contemporary models of sofas on wooden or chrome legs, upholstered with leather or fabric in retro colours, will look great. It is best to choose stylized, original, but refreshed period armchairs for the set.

  It is worth combining a modern table with various models of period chairs. They look eye-catching when they are painted or upholstered in different colours. A retro piece of furniture that will complete the whole will certainly be a display cabinet or a sideboard, where you can display decorative trinkets, such as porcelain figurines from the 60s and 70s, multi-coloured utility glass, porcelain vases and plates with geometric patterns.

Retro Decorations for Restaurants

  Decorations for restaurants cannot be a matter of chance or a jumble of trinkets from different styles. In modern interiors, you can add several original decorations. Retro decorations include metal stands for flowers, newspaper racks, porcelain and glass from the 60s and 70s. The restaurant walls should be full of graphics or posters from years ago, as well as retro-style lighting, standing and table lamps, e.g. metal with lampshades.