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Try These Retro Interior Design Ideas On For Size 7th November 2016


Architectural detail part of a decor of a building in "modernist" style

We keep hearing here at CBD Pools that the 1970s are back with a serious vengeance this year, from interior design to haute couture… so we thought we’d take a look to see which retro design ideas would work particularly well when used for luxury bespoke swimming pools. Have a read and then let us know what you think of them all. Which of these would you adopt for your own home style?

 Stained glass

Look to art deco and art nouveau patterns and ideas for inspiration when it comes to your own stained glass. If you’ve decided on an indoor pool, there’s no better option for your windows than a bit of stained glass. You could go all out and have it installed from top to bottom or just give a nod to the 1920s and 30s by having the top panes done in stained glass. It would be absolutely magical swimming with the light shining through the glass down onto you.

Bold colours

When you think of kitchens from the 1950s, you tend to think of big, bright and brash colour pairings. As good as these look in the kitchen, they also work incredibly well for swimming pools, whether you have your ceramic tiles done in blues, greens and yellows, or if you’d rather keep it minimal and use them as accent colours here and there.


When done well, tortoiseshell looks incredible and it’s enjoying something of a resurgence at the moment (although make sure you buy faux to help protect wildlife around the world). This kind of motif for your swimming pool tiles would look amazing, especially if you pair them with other white accoutrements… your pool area will look delightfully 1920s but with a modern spin on it. What more could you ask for?


Getting the vintage look right without going overboard or making your house feel dated is tricky, but it’s all about how you use various elements. Velvet is a really luxurious material that was often seen in the wealthiest homes decades ago and it’s coming back into fashion now, so think about adding in a few touches around the pool to help bring it to life. You could have velvet curtains hanging up, or have comfortable seating with velvet cushions or even a velvet robe for when you get out of the pool.

Go grey

One of the best colours for decorating has to be grey, since it makes other colours really come alive. It’s also a very chic option (even more so than white) and is a favourite shade of none other than Christian Dior, so you’ll certainly be in excellent company if you paint the walls of your pool room grey. Alternatively, you could use grey ceramic tiles to help you create a beautiful vintage aesthetic.

For further advice on what tiles to go for, call us at CBD Pools today.

Posted: November 7th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)