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Haven’t heard of Newstalgia yet? Don’t worry, you will. The latest interior trend is getting all the love over on Insta with its fusion of bygone eras and contemporary flair. Here’s how to weave a heartfelt homage to the past with our modern living spaces.

Kirkton Four Seater Sofa in rust velvet

Kirkton Four Seater Sofa in rust velvet, from DFS.

At its core, Newstalgia is a celebration of nostalgia, a curated blend of retro patterns and colours infused with modern sensibilities. It’s about more than just recreating the past; it’s about reimagining it through a contemporary lens. Think bold, geometric prints from the Sixties harmonising effortlessly with sleek, minimalist furniture of the present; or the warmth of mid-century hues mingling with the crisp lines of today’s design ethos. Sounds good, right? That’s because this harmonious blend creates spaces that feel simultaneously familiar and innovative.

Pink Romy Retro Rug, from Lime Lace.

Add a splash of colour with this pink Romy Retro Rug, from Lime Lace.

As a vintage obsessive myself, I’m so here for any interior philosophy that champions sustainability and storytelling. Because Newstalgia embraces pre-loved charm it encourages you to upcycle second hand items and use them alongside carefully selected new additions (it’s what we stylists call “curated”). So whether it’s a repurposed flea market find or a handcrafted chair, every element has a story and a place in the contemporary narrative.

Retro Dreamscape prints

Create a statement gallery with the Retro Dreamscape prints from Desenio,

So, how can you bring the enchantment of Newstalgia into your own home? Here are my top tips:

Embrace Eclectic Pairings: Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles from different eras. Experiment with juxtaposing vintage finds with modern pieces to create a visually compelling narrative in your space.

Play with Patterns and Colours: Dive into the rich tapestry of retro patterns and shades, but give them a contemporary twist. Think bold florals, geometric shapes and vibrant hues tempered with neutral tones for balance.

Josephine Wallpaper

Josephine Wallpaper in Warm Vintage Tones, from Lust Home

Curate Meaningful Collections: Let your space tell your story by curating collections of cherished heirlooms, vintage treasures and contemporary keepsakes. To feel really personal to you, each piece should reflect your personality and evoke special memories.

Upcycle with Purpose: Get creative with repurposing old items or giving them a new lease on life. Whether it’s transforming a vintage suitcase into a quirky side table or upcycling thrifted fabrics into cushions, let your imagination run wild.

Habitat x Scion Esala Fabric Armchair

Habitat x Scion Esala fabric armchair, from Argos.

Invest in Quality Craftsmanship: Seek out artisanal craftsmanship and quality materials that stand the test of time. Look for pieces that not only evoke nostalgia but also contribute to a sustainable and enduring lifestyle.

One of the reasons Newstalgia resonates with me is because in the ever-accelerating pace of modern life, it offers a sanctuary where past and present converge in perfect harmony. It’s a gentle reminder that amidst the constant flux of social media trends and technologies, there’s beauty in embracing the timeless allure of nostalgia.