Updating past trends: Interior design favourites from the 50s – 70s

Home interior design trends come and go but some are just timeless. Just like fashion and music, they often get recycled with modernising tweaks here and there.

We take you back through the decades to pick up vintage ideas and styles that will fit right into your 2017 home.


TREND: Vinyl Chairs, Contrasting Colours, and Linoleum Floors

The ’50s were all about embracing comfort and leisure in the post-war era. Homeowners began adding pops of colour to liven up their spaces while experimenting with various interior design styles.

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UPDATE: Faux Leather Chairs, Colour Blocking, and Wood Floors

If you envy the lively and bright homes of the ’50s, emulate the colours and gloss by incorporating faux leather, satin finish wood floors, and vibrant furniture or accents.

SOURCE: yellowtrace.com.au

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TREND: Mixture of Bold and Natural, Textured Rugs, Pattern, and Scandinavian-Inspired Wood Work

The ’60s was the decade of rebellion which TV series Mad Men pays homage to. It was also the era of flamboyance and lavish spending directed at all manners of style including clothing and homes. The interior design took on subdued and natural walls only to be brought to life by bright coloured furniture pieces, shaggy rugs, paisley prints and tie-dye décor.

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UPDATE: Neutral Colour Themes, Cut and Loop Carpets, and Bold Coloured Furnishings

The ’60s was the era when individualistic styles became prominent as we saw bolder takes on home interior designs. It’s quite a simple era to head back to via design, as we find ourselves turning towards safer, neutral hues for our walls with colour accents reserved for furniture and decor pieces.

READ: 6 outdated interior design in 2019

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Check out Malaysian interior designer Hatch Interior Studio for a retro-themed home!


TREND: Hippie-Inspired, Exposed Bricks, Terracotta, Metals, and Organic Elements

Many claim the ’70s was a decade we can overlook but on the contrary, it was the era that largely contributed to the architecture and interior design world, much of which we still are included in our homes. Bare walls, wood frames, and a back to basics theme were evident in this era.

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UPDATE: Jungalow and Rustic Themes, and Open Spaces

We’re almost reliving the 70’s with these updates being the current trending themes within our homes. From exposed walls and beams to the increasing gardening and ‘greenery’ styles, we seem to have gone back in time.

The creative folks behind Yong Studio can help you achieve an updated 70’s home.

SOURCE: architecturaldigest.com

This article was originally published as Updating Past Trends: Interior Design Favourites from the 50s – 70s by atap.co and is written by Lydia Lohshini.