Retro" is no longer a term limited to talking about the rock and roll years of the 50s; "retro" is anything "cool" from "the past" . The past can be the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and yes the 80s. Time is creeping by fast and antique dealers are catching on to the fact that 60s and 70s collectibles are now of interest to collectors.So what would you put in a "hip" home? For starters...think ORANGE- SUNFLOWER YELLOW-BROWN-PINK-GREEN or BLACK & WHITE. Some say these colors could stop traffic, but it is important to remember that "day glow" colors were "in" during the "hip" years. Palettes of the 60s were bright, bold, exciting and sometimes over the top. There are no soft pastels here...and certainly nothing muted about the sixties.Patterns were often of optical illusions (Op Art), geometrics, abstracts and of course vibrant flowers. Textile designers who worked for firms such as Heal or Conran captured the attention of the "in crowd" with their screen printed fabrics of contemporary designs. Psychedelic swirling designs inspired by the mind-expanding experiences of the Hippie generation became part of the popular culture and were used on home and kitchen accessories as well as on luggage, clothing, china hotel bedding factory and of course posters and even buses.British clothing "mod" designer Mary Quant' also brought her look into the kitchen where her popular daisy motif could be found on toasters and canister. Colors of orange and sunny yellow combined with earthy tones dominated kitchen cookware and housewares. Accessories also included designs with whimsical mushrooms or vegetables. Le Creuset's cast-iron cookware in its signature orange color was found in kitchens abroad as well as in America during the "mod years". Ceramics, glassware, pottery and textiles often featured abstracts and geometric designs and were made in bright colors or black and white. Heavy plastics was a popular material for 60s housewares and furnishings.