1950s Interior Design for Living Rooms

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1950s Interior Design for Living Rooms
Bright bold colours and geometric shapes accessorise the 1950s living room. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Using design elements of the past is a way to give your rooms a fresh new look. Bring the retro look of the 1950s into your living room with the colours and styles of this era. The style of the 1950s has clean sleek lines that fit well in a contemporary home. Chrome, neon and simple design are some of the elements of a 1950s retro look for your living room.

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Furniture

The retro furniture from the 1950s has sleek clean lines with a contemporary appearance. The furnishings feature chrome and glass for a modern look, which works well with the splashy colours of the era. Common features of a 1950s inspired living room include a kidney-shaped coffee table and sectional sofas. Your furnishings should sit low to the floor and have a minimalist appearance.

Colours

Colour plays an important role in your 1950s living room design. Pastels, such as pink, light yellow, sky blue and turquoise are some retro choices that work well in a '50s inspired room. In addition to pastel shades, you can also choose accessories and wall colours in bold colours, which were modern during the era, such as red, orange, bright blue and yellow. For those who prefer a quiet and classic style for the 1950s style room, Scandinavian shades of cream, brown and green were also common during this time. Geometric shapes in the upholstery and window treatments added a cheerful appearance to the rooms in the 1950s.

Accessories

Sunburst clocks and atomic age accessories add to a 1950s living room. Table lamps in geometric shapes can provide light for the room and an interesting abstract sculpture. Choose glass and chrome pieces to add to your decor. A retro jukebox or console television can add to the charm in a retro living room. A cabinet stereo system or radio can accessorise the room whether it works or not.

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