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Retro Revival | real living & Homes Plus

13 June 2016 | Category: real living & Homes Plus

real living & Homes Plus - Retro Revival

Amart Furniture is excited to partner with stylist Jackie Brown to bring you the latest looks for your home with the Smart Styling series. For the July edition, Jackie has created a retro dining space with a decidedly modern twist. Keep reading to find out how Jackie put the look together and which products you need to recreate it at home!

Retro furniture and décor are definitely having a moment, so for this look, Jackie has chosen the Elli 7 Piece Dining Suite as the hero piece and used it as a springboard for the space’s overall styling. When picking out a table, Jackie recommends considering how many people you’ll have to regularly seat at the table – a six-seater dining setting is ideal as it suits most families, but will also be sufficient when entertaining extra guests. Jackie favours a mid-century design as it works with many different looks, but the important thing to remember is to choose a timber stain that complements the existing colour palette in your house.

To finish the look off, Jackie has added a quirky collection of vases – these are a table’s best friend! While the stylish designs look great on their own, the vessels also provide you with the chance to display fresh flowers and greenery. Other key pieces include curvy pendant lights and a statement piece of abstract artwork. You can stop the space from looking too kitschy by sticking to a clean, neutral colour palette. All that’s left to do is to add some dinner guests!

These are Jackie's top tips for creating a retro-inspired dining room on a budget:

  • Mix the timber of your dining table with white dinnerware and linens for a crisp edge.
  • Fill a stylish bowl with some fruit to create a beautiful centrepiece for the table. If you can get fruit that’s in season, it will be cheaper and last longer than a bunch of flowers.
  • You can create the effect of a pendant light by grouping tall candlesticks together in the middle of the table. This will bring light and focus to the centre of the table, while also enhancing the atmosphere of the space.

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