1960 Interior House Colors

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1960 Interior House Colors
The 1960s introduced interior colours found in nature. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Bouffant and pixie hairstyles, miniskirts paired with gogo boots and polyester pantsuits sporting Nehru jackets illustrated the 1960s changing styles and fashions. Home decor colour schemes were aboard the 1960s fashion train, rapidly changing the traditional look of one-color decor themes. Just as nature never uses a single colour hue, neither should you use a common interior colour concept of the 1960s. Personal colour preferences factored into a room's colour palette.

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Mossy green, white and black typified a cool 1960s colour scheme. Green and white floral patterns in velour or velvety-like upholstery fabrics combined with a black-and-white herringbone area rug provided the right mix for this cool colour palette. Mossy green painted panelling on one or more walls supplied texture and added colour to a room. Punches of red integrated through toss pillows, vases or other accessory items added a vibrant touch to a room.


Dark woods and bulky, Spanish-style furniture were major components in the 1960s warm colour palette. Pumpkin oranges, mustard and honey golds, mossy greens and chocolate browns made up the warm decor of the 1960s colour scheme. Black wrought-iron sconces, lamps, rails and hardware provided a sharp contrast to the warm colour palette while enhancing the decor. Green, orange or gold shag carpets were prevalent in individual rooms or throughout the entire home.

Children's Bedrooms

The l960's bedroom colours for children were no longer regulated to pinks for girls and blues for boys. Emphasising bedrooms that would "grow up" with boys and girls, colour palettes in honey golds, grassy greens, burnt oranges and muted blues became favourites. Bedrooms were no longer thought of as useful only for sleeping but accommodated lounging, reading, studying, working on hobbies and imaginative daydreaming. Assorted brighter colours were more stimulating and inviting as well as personalising a child's bedroom.


The 1960s kitchen designs and colours revealed changes accommodating function and aesthetic style. Designed for easy daily upkeep, plastic laminate became a favourite material for countertops, base cabinets and exposed wall areas. Burnt oranges, clean whites, mustard golds and shiny blacks commonly prevailed as preferred colour schemes. Muted shades of blue combined with white were also a 1960s kitchen colour theme. Kitchen islands with work areas, desks, sinks and overhead vent fans provided added function.

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