How To Get a Retro Styled hallway

While some people want their hallways to be modern and on-trend, others prefer a more retro look. Retro vibes in the hallway can be timeless, and fun. There are several ways to transform your hallway into a retro style including wallpaper, accessories and choosing the correct colour palette. You should think about:

  • Wallpaper – for some great retro prints.
  • Furniture – to upcycle and transform into your dream look.
  • Accessories – to help pull your space together.
  • Lighting – to brighten the room.
  • Paint Colours – to help create that retro look.
  • Photo Frames – to display pictures of loved ones or special places.

Retro hallway – 6 tips

Picking Your Wallpaper

There are some great retro wallpaper designs available today. Wallpaper was particularly popular between the 60s and 70s, with bold prints and bright shades trending. For a more modern look, why not use retro statement wallpaper on one wall, while painting the others in a complementary shade.

Upcycle Furniture

Vintage furniture is built to last. There are some great pieces that you can find second-hand via thrift stores or on online marketplaces such as eBay. If you are on a budget, this is a great way to save money. While the pieces might not be in the best condition, they can be upcycled and varnished or painted to get the look that you desire. Changing out the hardware is also a great way to add a modern look to retro furniture.

Select the Right Accessories

Depending on what vintage theme you are looking to recreate, choose the accessories that fit in with this time period. From funky lava lamps to vintage telephones, there is something for each era. Add these to console tables or shelves to help pull the full room together.

Light Up the Space

Some hallways can be pretty small, so lighting is very important. Retro lighting might include globe pendants or chandeliers. Use social media sites such as Pinterest to help find inspiration for the right look you have chosen. To brighten up the room further, add a mirror to reflect any natural light that comes into the hall.

Perfect your Colour Choices

Many past-gone eras are famous for their bold colour choices. Choosing your paint colour, therefore is very important. Some of our favourite retro shades from the 60s and 70s include burnt oranges or avocado greens. To create the perfect blend of retro and modern, why not paint the bottom half of the room with your chosen bold shade, while keeping the top half a modern neutral tone. This is the best of both worlds.

Create a Gallery Wall

A gallery wall with lots of different sized frames is a great way to display lots of retro photos or pieces of artwork. We love gallery walls that go up the stairs and attract the eye upwards. This can make the space look bigger and really make a hallway visually interesting.

The Take Away

Why choose a modern look, when there are so many cool vintage looks to choose from? Your hallway should reflect your personality. Decorating your hallway for a vintage look doesn’t need to be expensive. There are some great second-hand gems to be found. So what are you waiting for? Get decorating!


How can I make a small hallway look bigger?

Adding mirrors can reflect the natural light making the space look bigger. Lighting is also a great way to add some brightness to the room.

Where can I find retro décor?

Thrift stores and online are both great places to find some great second-hand retro items. These can be upcycled to your taste and displayed in your hall.


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    Maria Ljungström is the founder and writer at She is an expert in interior design and has worked as a home stylist with a solid background in interior decorating. Maria likes to offer tips on how to make your home beautiful and luxurious affordably. With Inredningsvis, she has participated in several well-known media outlets such as Expressen, DN, and has written for GP Bostad.

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