Most of us spend our lives living in the same setting, with the same decor and feel. Its comfortable and familiar, I know. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment. You never know if you’ll find more style and comfort in another setting.

But redecorating also doesn’t mean that you have to splurge on brand-new, expensive items to add a new feel to the room. Redecorating means reuse and reinvention. So don’t be misled or discouraged by the dent it might make in your wallet.

Now one of the most budget-friendly ways of revamping your house decor is going for a retro theme. Retro is an insanely diverse and creative mode of reinvention. It’s never out of fashion because its derivative of many other styles so, you can opt for retro home decor at any time without it being too heavy on the pocket.

Vintage Collection

When talking of retro, the first word that comes to mind is vintage charm and elegance. And I’m sure you would agree with me that nothing compares to the allure and attention-grabbing focus of vintage items.

Now vintage is usually associated with fancy and expensive items that you would have to buy from antique shops but the reality is somewhat different. Because whether you know it or not, your garages and attics are treasure troves of such items. So roll up your sleeves and get to work in your stores.

Many of us own old decoration items, like wall clocks, candelabras, telephone sets, wall-hangings etc., along with old books or instruments, like a vinyl player. So get your hands a bit dirty and repaint or re-brush all such items. Including these items in your living room decor will not only add sophistication but also an artistic feel to the room.


Retro themes take a lot from wooden materials. So things like whimsical wooden cabinets, side tables, and rocking chairs can be great additions to a retro decor as they don’t require a lot of space or money and still, turn the whole look of the room around when tastefully arranged.

You can find interesting furniture items in your garage, or a garage sale nearby, but even if you buy something new, then the investment is worth it. You can go for some amazing furniture like recliners, check out  Stressless recliners at But if you’re looking for something new, especially some wooden rocking chairs, check out Salt Lamp City where Sally shares some of her best picks. Oh, and if you don’t know Sally, she’s a good friend and a lifestyle blogger. She’s also my go-to resource when it comes to interior design and decor. If you’re all about living healthy and the natural way, I highly recommend you check out her blog.

Paintings/Wall Art

Another major aspect of retro decor is art. From wall paint to patterns, tapestries to paintings, the retro decor makes use of artistic renditions to add a flare of color and life to the room.

So if you’ve become bored of those nude walls around you, go grab a tin of some bright paint (or paints) and start painting. You can also make patterned walls with just a few cut-outs some shapes and different colors to paint them over for a whimsical look. You can hang some photographs, paintings, mirrors or framed art over it as well to bring more focus to the wall. A more personal touch to the room can be your self-made art or a family tree.

Don’t be afraid to experiment because it can be painted all over again too.

Ambient Lighting

Lighting can make or break the decor at any place. If you have absolutely banging decorations in the room but nothing to bring them to focus, then your effort is in vain. Which is why ambient lighting is so important.

When creating an art wall or putting any special decorations in the room, be sure to have sufficient light in place already to enhance their appeal and focus. Lamps are a great option to adjust the lighting in any space, big or small, and another plus side with lamps? You can find great options in thrift stores which will help you save tons of money too.

Decorating your house does not need to be burdensome or bankrupting – you only need to explore your creativity and nearby thrift stores or garage sales to come up with some wonderful looks.