The best retro home accessories

Want your home to look unique and different, and not like a page in the John Lewis catalogue? Choose from these quirky retro accessories

Retro home accessories

by Clare Howcutt-Kelly |
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They say that what goes around, comes around – and the same is true of trends. We all love to indulge in a little nostalgia whether it’s adding a vintage filter to our Insta snaps or pondering whether a bum bag is acceptable in your 30s….

When it comes to adding a little personality to your pad, retro and vintage-inspired home accessories are perfect. Add a pop of colour to your kitchen with a funky, 1970s style plant pot or why not listen to an actual record on your own record player rather than hitting up Spotify?


Retro home accessories

GPO 746 Rotary 1970s-style Retro Landline Phone1 of 9

GPO 746 Rotary 1970s-style Retro Landline Phone

The iconic retro phone is a must-have for decor enthusiasts. This one boasts British 60s & 70s styling, has a traditional rotary dial and curly cord, and, of course, has that authentic bell ring.

Akai A60014VB Vintage Radio2 of 9

Akai A60014VB Vintage Radio

Add a touch of 1950s style to your home with this vintage radio. With a 5W mono speaker, you can bet on clear, quality sound across both AM and FM radio channels, so you can listen along while you potter away in the garden or kitchen.

Anglepoise Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp3 of 9

Anglepoise Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp

To own an Anglepoise lamp is to own an icon of British design. The company has been producing lamps since 1935 and are referenced frequently in popular culture. Even if you're not writing your first novel, having one of these on your desk will make you feel very smart indeed. It's not the cheapest lamp on the market but it's going to last! Rumour has it that one was retrieved from inside a bomber plane that had crashed into Loch Ness during WWII. And yes, it still worked!

Jones Clocks Ketchup Retro Wall Clock4 of 9

Jones Clocks Ketchup Retro Wall Clock

This gorgeous little clock would look fab in your kitchen and is available in stylish blue, grey, teal or black. It's a really inexpensive way to brighten up a boring wall and keep you on track in the morning when you're getting lost in your Facebook feed (when you should be getting ready for work). It's easy to put up and has a one-year warranty. We love it so much we'd have one in every room in the house.

Victrola Avenue Bluetooth Turntable5 of 9

Victrola Avenue Bluetooth Turntable

You don't need to be a hipster to own a record player. In fact, you don't need to own a single record to make use of this record player, either. Pair with your smartphone or tablet and you can play your thoroughly modern music on something that looks like it's out of a movie set. You can also use it to play CDs (if you've still got any) and the radio. Of course, this beautiful wooden object was originally designed to play vinyl so why not get into the groove with a 12-inch or two – you can find loads at your local car boot or raid your dad's collection.

Orla Kiely Primrose Plant Pot6 of 9

Orla Kiely Primrose Plant Pot

Irish designer Orla Kiely is the queen of retro-inspired design taking bold floral prints and sticking them on just about everything! If you're not ready to commit to full-on flower power, this enamel plant pot and saucer will bring a touch of the 1970s into your home. It's the perfect size for one of your favourite herbs so why not keep it on the kitchen windowsill and you've got fresh ingredients whenever you need them.

Saturnus Coat Rack7 of 9

Saturnus Coat Rack

In 1953, Charles and Ray Eames introduced their famed 'Hang it All' coat rack made with lots of coloured wooden balls. It's been replicated in many guises but we think this version is one of the most fun and inexpensive we've seen and might even encourage us to tidy up the accessories that are currently strewn on the chair in our bedroom. It would look equally as lovely in your hallway when adorned with your best coats. It's such a steal that you could but a new coat to hang on it, too...just an

Swan SF17011BLN 1.5 Litre Retro Slow Cooker8 of 9

Swan SF17011BLN 1.5 Litre Retro Slow Cooker

Available in a multitude of colours, this Swan slow cooker brings retro and modern together seamlessly. With a 1.5 litre capacity, it makes preparing meals in advance easy and doable on a busy schedule. Swan is one of the longest established British kitchen appliance and accessory brands, responsible for creating the very first electric heating element that could be immersed in water way back in 1933.

1950s Retro Styled Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker9 of 9

1950s Retro Styled Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

While this looks like a classic jukebox, it's actually an FM radio and Bluetooth music player. It will fit your iPhone, iPad or Smartphone and the Bluetooth effective connection distance is more than 10 metres.

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