Lawn & Garden Outdoor Living

8 Retro Trends to Bring to the Backyard

Watch out, modern: 20th-century style is back, and it's headed straight for your outdoor space.

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Retro Treasures

A look at decades past reveals just how much home decor has changed over the years. While some trends are gladly forgotten, others have made major comebacks. The backyard is a perfect place to play around with retro styles, from rustic furniture to groovy pops of color on cushions. Bohemian textures, too, are in plentiful supply and perfect for bringing a flavor of the past to the yard. We’ve rounded up eight decor ideas to inspire a touch of retro in the backyard.

Wicker Boho Peacock Chair


Add some old-school royalty to the backyard with a luxurious peacock chair (this one is available on Etsy). The throne-like chair was popularized in the United States in the 1960s by high-profile people who sat in it for publicity shoots. Peacock chairs were garden statement pieces throughout the 20th century. They’re often made of rattan, a natural material that is great for use outdoors.

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Bocce Ball


In a backyard with plenty of space, lawn games like bocce ball are a fun activity. Find a vintage set like this one from 1979 that features vintage brass balls (available on Etsy), or purchase a new set that just looks retro, like this Hearth & Hand with Magnolia option (available at Target). 

Vintage Bistro Set


These midcentury-inspired table and chairs in a muted yellow hue  (available at Target) add vintage vibes to the backyard. The three-piece set is ideal for drinks with a friend, or dinner for two. It’ll feel like you’re back in the 1970s!

Scalloped Patio Umbrella


A vibrant umbrella can be a major focal point in the backyard. Add some groovy retro style with a bright scalloped umbrella like this relic from the 1960s (available on Etsy), in a gorgeous canary yellow. 

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Macrame Everything


Every nook and cranny of homes in the ‘70s seemed to be decorated with macrame. Today, the knotted art has made a big comeback. Enjoy the retro look in the backyard with macrame plant hangers (available at Walmart), a macrame hammock chair (available on Wayfair), or a beautiful macrame chandelier (available on Etsy).

Vintage Bar Cart

West Elm

Get the party started with a vintage bar cart heaped with cocktail essentials. For an elevated hosting experience, wheel the cart around so that guests can choose their drink. This rattan bar cart (available at West Elm), is inspired by design sketches from the 1950s and ’60s.

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Antique Garden Tub

Vintage Tub & Bath

A clawfoot tub in the garden is a sight to behold. Create a bathing station, with the tub surrounded by tall shrubs for privacy. Another option is to use the tub as a garden itself, filling it up with a beautiful array of flowers planted in soil. This stunning retro tub is available from Vintage Tub & Bath.

Retro Floor Cushions


Nothing says “laid back” quite like floor cushions scattered around the backyard. Pull them out for an outdoor hang with friends and family. These 1970s-inspired floor cushions (available on society6), feature orange California poppies that pair perfectly with a garden setting.

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