10 Must-Haves for Serious Retro Style, Including a Groovy Gray $400 Sofa
We’re here for the retro revival (with a twist).
Published Mar 9, 2023 6:30 AM
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If you’ve scrolled through TikTok or Instagram lately—or simply watched Harry Styles’s “Late Night Talking” music video—you probably keep spotting shaggy rugs, curvy mirrors, and vibrant colors everywhere. This groovy style is back in full force, but you don’t have to spend hours digging through flea markets to bring it home. Walmart’s spring lookbook is rife with mid-century–inspired furniture and decor made for the modern age.
While the ’70s is mostly known for its funky silhouettes and patterns, it also saw a surge of natural materials (wicker, anyone?) and warm neutrals. Good news for maximalists and minimalists alike: Both sides are celebrated by the brand. And if you think giving your place a retro touch will make a big dent in your wallet, guess again—with sofas under $400 and stylish accents for less, you can get that warm, modern feel no problem. So ready to transport yourself back in time? Here are the Walmart finds we’re loving to turn your room into a time capsule with a twist.
It wasn’t the ’70s without wall-to-wall carpeting in sunset orange or stone gray. Walmart’s take on the era’s nature-inspired palettes? A mid-century–style futon meets both marks in a subtle gray hue, with the bonus of hidden storage underneath the seat.
Wicker pieces are often delegated to decks and patios, but they can be a textural delight indoors, as any good ’70s seating setup proved. In 2023, we’re all about using the material for lighting—its open weave helps cast a loungy, low-key glow.
Something From Nature
Greenery is just as popular now as it was then, but perhaps you want something a little easier to take care of. A faux leafy peperomia is all the better when it’s set in a wicker basket to nod to your pendant lamp.
Don’t think we forgot about the decade’s signature bold motifs. This table lamp’s rainbow terrazzo base provides a hit of visual intrigue without overwhelming a room.
Velvet provides warmth and dimension, the ideal backdrop for a night of listening to records—and for a rich pop of mustard, like on this sleek armchair.
Shag carpeting is quintessentially ’70s. But rather than old-school curves and swirls, Walmart’s plush version stars an elegant Persian motif in a soft blue and ivory scheme.
Nothing embodies the ’70s like a poolside soiree. If you’re looking to throw one yourself, you’ll need a retro-style bar cart—made of wicker, of course. This one’s matching tray makes taking your cocktail fixings from trolley to table that much easier.
If you’re not quite ready for a full ’70s treatment, a throw pillow is an easy place to start. This geometric pattern is applied to a fine knit fabric for a little funk and a lot of cozy.
In channeling the hippie era, irridescent decor never fails. Use this trio of jars for cotton balls and floss in the bathroom or your coffee setup in the kitchen.
Shiny metallic details nod to the festive, freewheeling spirit of the time. This coffee table straddles the line between lingering mid-century modern lines and more experimental glass and brass finishes.