Vintage Classic Home Decor

Vintage Classic Home Decor

1960s décor refers to a distinct style of interior decoration that became prominent in the 1960s and early 1970s. Green, (such as pea green and drab), yellow, pink, and orange (such as peach and saffron) hues were popular for wallpaper, carpets, curtains, sofas, chair seats, and cushions, often with patterns or bright flowers. English decorator David Hicks was an important influence on interiors in the 1960s, inspired by bright colours associated with India.[1] Hicks popularized use of “psychedelic patterns and acid-edged colors,” peaking in the period 1967-1973,[1] a time when there was interest in the Hippie movement and “flower power.” In the same era, Dorothy Draper, one of Manhattan‘s top interior decorators of the 1960s, used ‘dull’ white and ‘shiny’ black as one of her favorite combinations.[2]

The “Retro Modern” style is associated with the decades of the 1950s and 1960s.[3] As a furniture material, polypropylene, which was manufactured in colors that could be matched to paint chips, came into its own. Foam molding, mostly used as upholstery cushions, became a basic structural unit for furniture in the early 1960s.[4] Large areas, such as sofas, beds, carpets, drapes and wallcovers, were covered in vibrant colors and patterns. Employing “psychedelic intensity”, the colors and styles were influenced by India, Spain, and the Mediterranean.[3]

In the 1950s and 1960s, specialized patterns in wall painting were developed. Sherwin-Williams [5] manufactured an Applique system and similar systems were manufactured by Karl Höhn, also Reuss, in Germany.[6]

Many hotels and restaurants retain their décor from the 1960s or specifically employ Sixties-style features to give them a more nostalgic sensibility.[7][8][9] Pink or orange paintwork, bedspreads, and curtains, which were fashionable in the 1960s, however, are considered by some to be “hideous” or “painful,” today.[10][11] As Paul Evans put it, “For many the popular image of 1960s home design was of ephemerality and excess, of plastic or paper chairs and lurid carpets and wallpaper.”[12] Television series from the era, such as The AvengersBatmanThe Man from U.N.C.L.EBewitchedThe Saint, and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) provide fine examples of the type of décor popular during this period and are an important aspect of the look of the productions; for the latter, orange hues are included in the title design.


  1. Jump up to:a b Old House Interiors. Home Buyer Publications. Jan–Feb 2009. p. 64. ISSN 1079-3941. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  2. ^ Vargas-Cooper, Natasha (1 August 2010). Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America. HarperCollins. pp. 137–. ISBN 978-0-06-199100-4. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  3. Jump up to:a b Nielson, Karla J. (10 July 2007). Interior Textiles: Fabrics, Application, and Historic Style. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 438, 443–. ISBN 978-0-471-60640-6. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. ^ Fehrman, Cherie; Fehrman, Kenneth R. (1 October 2009). Interior Design Innovators 1910-1960. Fehrman Books. pp. 118–. ISBN 978-0-9842001-0-8. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
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  7. ^ Bain, Keith; Reid Bramblett; Bruyn, Pippa de (7 August 2006). Pauline Frommer’s Italy. John Wiley & Sons. p. 557. ISBN 978-0-471-77860-8. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  8. ^ Bainbridge, James (1 April 2009). Turkey. Lonely Planet. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-74104-927-5. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  9. ^ Fitzpatrick, Mary (1 May 2010). Mozambique. Lonaely Planet. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-74104-888-9. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  10. ^ Ward, Greg (1 August 2003). Brittany and Normandy. Rough Guides. pp. 71–=. ISBN 978-1-84353-076-3. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  11. ^ Palmerlee, Danny; Grosberg, Michael; McCarthy, Carolyn (30 November 2006). Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands. Lonely Planet. p. 184. ISBN 978-1-74104-295-5. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  12. ^ Evans, Paul (23 August 2011). The 1960s Home. Osprey Publishing. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-7478-1159-6. Retrieved 7 August 2012.


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