Interior Design Through the Decades: 1950s

If there's one decade that was all about having fun with interior design, it's the 1950s!


This was the era when pops of colors and wall-to-wall carpets ruled, and Scandinavian furniture became a household staple. Kitchens were pastel-hued with chrome accents and bold, contrasting floors - if you're imagining a retro diner, you're spot on!


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But the 1950s weren't all about being flashy. This was also the decade that embraced neutral palettes, often complimented by subtle pops of colors like a bright yellow couch or a robin's egg blue carpet.


With all the different design trends that emerged in the 1950s, one thing is for sure - this was a decade of experimentation, futurism, and fun!


Let's dive into the details!


1950s Interior Design Trends


Pastel Kitchens


One of the most iconic design elements of the 1950s was the pastel kitchen. Cabinets were commonly painted in colors like mint green, lemon yellow, pale pink, and baby blue. These kitchens also featured a lot of chrome - from the uniquely shaped appliances to the cabinet hardware. For the backsplash, tile was a popular choice, and many homeowners opted for colorful, geometric patterns in various pastel shades.


Bold and Contrasting Floors

Another 1950s design trend that made a big impact was the use of bold, contrasting flooring. It wasn't uncommon for kitchens to have the classic black and white checkerboard pattern that is still popular in classic diners today. Other popular flooring choices included brightly patterned linoleum floors and wall-to-wall carpets in vivid colors.


Scandinavian Furniture


The 1950s was also the decade that saw the rise of Scandinavian furniture. This type of furniture is known for its simple, clean lines and functionality. It was a popular choice among many homeowners because it was affordable and easy to find. The subtlety and neutral tones of this furniture style made it easy to pair with much bolder decor elements like wallpaper, rugs, lamps, and window treatments.

Eclectic Appliances


The fun appliances of the 50s are still beloved today. From bright pink refrigerators to avocado green stoves, there was no shortage of color when it came to 1950s appliances. And while many of these appliances are no longer made, they can easily be found at vintage shops or online specialty stores.



Bring the 1950s Into Your Home


If you're looking for a way to add a touch of vintage charm to your home, there are plenty of ways to incorporate 1950s design elements.


For your kitchen, a simple 50s-inspired SMEG toaster can add the perfect subtle touch of retro style. Or, if you're feeling bold and love the 50s style, go all out with a pastel blue fridge or a retro patterned backsplash.


In the living room, opt for a Scandinavian-inspired sofa or coffee table. These pieces are stylish, functional, and timeless. And if you want to add a touch of color, consider some brightly colored lamps or an area rug.


For the bedroom, go for a more subdued 1950s look with some neutral bedding and drapes. Then, add in some vintage-inspired Scandinavian nightstands and a dresser. Don't forget to add some pops of color with throw pillows, artwork, or a vase of fresh flowers.


No matter how you choose to incorporate 1950s design into your home, have fun with it and be creative! Subscribe to the blog today because you definitely won't want to miss the hippie-inspired decor of the 60s!

 

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