LUCY gives these tips for getting the retro look:
1. If like me you have limited income and a home with no redeeming features always start with painting it white. It makes rooms fresh and bright. And white paint is cheap to buy.
2. Neutralise the floor colour if at all possible. Wood floor and white walls is always a great starting point. If you don't have floorboards think outside the box for other options. I had a hardboard floor in my sitting room so I painted on floorboards! It was actually quite easy and fools most people.
3. When shopping for retro you can never have a fixed idea – it really leads you. So keep an open mind and see what comes up.
4. If you are going shopping for furniture always take your room measurements with you as estimating isn't as easy as you think.
5. If you are starting with a white background you can mix a lot of different colours. Many retro items are colourful so this really helps. In fact sometimes a colour clash will help your room look interesting and lively. If you lack confidence with colour choice use magazines and books for ideas and copy – artists call this inspiration!
6. Be a savvy shopper. Make sure the item you are interested in is in ok condition. Is one of the legs broken? Is the padded seat firm? Does the draw open? Also look out for woodworm. This can be seen by a cluster of small holes. If there is a lot of woodworm do not buy the item even if you love it. A small amount can be treated.
7. Enjoy rummaging in junk stores and going to auctions for your retro treasures, but don't get carried away with your budget and bid too much for items. Something you like just as much, or even more, will come up eventually.
Lucy Kniel's shop is called Retro Junkie and she sells vintage wares at Bideford's Retro Retro, 8 Grenville Street, Bideford. It is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Facebook: Retro Junkie Bideford. Contact: Email email@example.com or phone 07986 304794.