LIFESTYLE

Retro Furniture Must-Haves

14/04/2014 10:40 BST | Updated 28/04/2014 11:59 BST

Whether you're looking to add a sense of history to your home, give it a more industrial look or embrace a little shabby-chic romance, mixing and matching your modern furniture pieces with retro finds is an easy way to freshen up your living space - and add a focal point to any room.

Sprucing up a home with retro furniture is a playful and effortless way to give your space a unique edge and a style update. It's also a lot of fun: you can scour markets and vintage stalls until you stumble upon that one-of-a-kind item, or look to the high-street brands for a modern take on classic shapes and styles, which look great and can be a durable and less expensive choice.

retro furniture must haves

Retro furniture doesn’t need a vintage-inspired space to shine (although teaming retro furnishings with fabrics and wallpapers is a stylish way of uniting the vintage theme throughout your space). A vintage leather armchair can add a homely finish to a modernist scheme, while a retro chandelier or pendant light lends a room a chic ambience (although if you do buy vintage lighting, avoid any safety concerns and get your lamp rewired if necessary).

Check out our gallery of fabulous retro furniture must-haves below, whether you want to add a bit of drama to your space or coordinate your vintage homewares with a statement furniture piece. From antique styles to mid-century must-haves, there’s a retro furniture piece for every space and design ethos (Looking for vintage home décor accessories? Don’t miss our top picks here).