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Retro revolution.

THIS week, we look to the past to create a brighter future for a tired room that's in serious need of an update. If you fancy a new style that's full of fun and personality, create a retro-inspired look that's warm, welcoming and easy on the budget.

Second-hand doesn't have to be second best HIT your local second-hand, charity or junk store for pieces to revamp to create your new style.

The two chairs here were junk shop finds with their timber frames cleaned up and reupholstered in plain fabric to give them a modern feel.

Ask your local upholsterer for advice. We use Jacksons Upholstery, James Watt St, Glasgow, 0141 221 0178. They take items from junk to funk in a few simple moves in a cost-effective way.

Use classic lines ONE of the most celebrated icons of yesteryear is the tulip table - anything you can find with that smooth trumpet curve is sure to be a retro winner.

Shop around for a dining table as a perfect centrepiece or for occasional tables to dot around and showcase objects and accessories.

Ikea's Docksta tulip dining table, PS130 from www.ikea.com, is perfect for this look and you'll find a reproduction tulip occasional table for just PS180 at Ikon M, www.ikonm.com Leaf it out POP in a suitably patterned throw and a couple of cushions and you'll be well on the way to creating your retro-inspired look.

Here, a leaf motif on the cushions sets off the chairs perfectly, providing a homely pattern that's relaxing and fun.

Check out the incredible range of home accessories by Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely at www.orlakiely.com - her leaf motifs are legendary and have been applied to cushions, bath towels, canisters, radios and even watering cans.

Retro art rocks A CANVAS print of an old record player adds fun to this playful corner.

Artworks featuring cassettes, old cameras, movie posters, sputnik clocks, robots, telephones or even tribal masks are all great for this look.

Think kitsch and think fun. You'll find cassette artwork and a fabulous cassette lamp at Bouf, www.bouf.com but for accessories and curiosities it's worth shopping around.

Bold, old and funky THE trick to making retro rooms rock is to balance out the old with the new. If your decor is dated and your furnishings old-fashioned, the overall look is old. You're not trying to create a museum display, you're trying to make a funky home.

So opt for plain background colours - white or soft pastel tones - to create clean spaces that will let your individual pieces shine.

Get the look with Dulux Javan Dawn 5 at www.dulux.co.uk Wood works wonders ANOTHER repeating element of retro style is wood, so shop around for long and lean teak-look sideboards, splay-legged tables or exposed framed armchairs.

We spotted three great wall units at our local Salvation Army shop. When shopping for second-hand treasures, use your imagination. Try to see past row | This room was in serious need of TLC - it was dark, tired and an uninviting space to sit in, while now, the chairs and other items may be retro, but the look they create is bang on trend upon row of items and imagine your chosen piece in your retro setting.

We have a PS60 sideboard in our living room, piled high with art books and a couple of retro lamps and it looks marvellously modern in an old-fashioned way.

Check out all that's new, fresh and fabulous in our world at www.colinandjustin.tv and on Twitter @colinjustin Before | This room was in serious need of TLC - it was dark, tired and an uninviting space to sit in, while now, the chairs and other items may be retro, but the look they create is bang on trend
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 15, 2014
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