September is the most nostalgic month. Even if your school days are long behind you, the crisp air and blue skies never fail to bring back memories of the start of the academic year. But the trend of retro schoolhouse-inspired design is making that nostalgia even stronger, and its smooth lines and bright colors are easy to incorporate into any interior aesthetic. Here are 10 of our favorites on the market right now.
These midcentury-inspired chairs from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co ( $279 ) would look at home around a table in the school library, but far better in your dining room or breakfast nook.
This desk is another great find from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co ( $999 ). The yellow pop of color is an unexpected alternative to the typical black finish of many vintage-industrial pieces. Though it makes a great desk, you could also use the table as a small dining or entertaining surface.
Wood and Steel Stools
Already have a great table? You can get a similar look to the above desk with these acacia wood and steel stools from Lulu & Georgia ( $381 for two ).
This cage-style storage unit ( $99 ) from Ikea makes an interesting alternative to the usual shelves in a living room for a very budget-friendly price.
This retro clock from IKEA ( $13 ) is almost identical to the one you'd stare at waiting for class to end. Place it over the entryway in your kitchen so you know just how much time you have before rushing out the door.
Chalkboard World Map
Part chalkboard, part art piece, this fun pull-down map ( $85 ) from Etsy can add a little quirky charm above an entryway table or master bed.
Lights offer the easiest — and most noticeable — way to change up your style, especially if you're going for the vintage-industrial look. This pendant from Wayfair ( $67 ) has timeless appeal.
Bronze Mount Light
If it's time to replace that builder-grade ceiling fixture in your bedroom, then this light from Home Depot ( $51 ) strikes the right vintage note.
This pivoting sconce from Design Within Reach ( $360 ) is reminiscent of the desk lamps that got us through many late-night study sessions. Double the sconces up and install them over your nightstand to free up a little space.
West Elm's clean-lined coffee table ( $639 ) mixes a sturdy iron frame with matte black-stained wood for a clean finish. The drawers expand your storage space, too.