3 Old School Interior Styles that have Recently Made a Comeback


Sometimes, the best way to stand out and be original is to look to the past. Trends come and go every year, and while some end up in the dustbin of interior decor history, some are coming back with a vengeance. If you are looking to remodel your home this summer, here are some of the old school interior styles that are poised to make a comeback in 2018.


Wallpaper has had a lot of flak over the years. While some people saw it as a cheap and tacky alternative to paint, others reviled it for the additional maintenance it often requires.

But, wallpaper is back in a big way and new contemporary designs are putting old ones to shame. You can now find tons of new and modern wallpapers that don’t look anything like the traditional wallpaper most are accustomed too. Thanks to new materials, ultra-stylish prints and dimensional fabrics, wallpaper can complement and enhance any room. New models are also much easier to install and remove.

Today’s wallpapers have over the top patterns with characters that often seem pulled out from storybooks or you would see on the runway. Colours are also much more vibrant and richer. And you can easily accentuate wallpaper with select floor lighting from Pagazzi. There is a huge range of options. They’re the perfect way to steer away from the recent grey and neutral colour trends and add a touch of personality to your interior.

If you’re going to install the wallpaper yourself, try to go with vinyl paper since it’s more DIY friendly. Vinyl paper is usually pre-pasted, which is a major plus. While fabric wallpaper is usually better quality, it is much trickier to work with and pattern matching needs to be precise, so it might not be the most suitable for novices.

Retro Palettes and Storage

You can recreate a retro kitchen by reviving old school palettes and fabrics. Turquoise with soft pink, white, or lime green will give any room an instant vintage look. Hot pink with orange and lime green and soft pink with seafoam green or buttery yellow are also great choices.

As for storage and cabinetry, there are tons of options you can choose from to recreate a vintage feel. Wood, laminate, or steel cabinets with flat-slab doors will help smooth out transitions between worktops, backsplashes and flooring. You could also go with traditional-style cabinets with a bearded board and rectangular recessed panels for a retro look.

Bold Kitchens

While all white kitchens are still stylish, people are more likely to go for bright and lively colours, styles and lighting nowadays. Linoleum flooring is making a comeback with its versatility and wide range of styles and colours.

Diner inspired patterns in particular are all the rage right now. For a retro look, you can go for a classic black and white checkerboard style or red and white tiling. Or, you could go for nostalgic patterns like mod atomic, earth-tone brick or colourful speckles.

For worktops, go for sleek recessed lighting and look for vintage or diner look laminates with fun patterns such as mod geometrics, elongated diamonds, and boomerangs.

Retro appliances are making a comeback as well. And, you don’t have to sacrifice modern efficiency for old-time panache. New appliances are being sold with vintage colours and curves, but with modern features.


All these vintage styles are set to comeback in a major way in 2018 and will allow you to really stand out from the pack. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run free and give some of these looks a try if you’re looking for something new.