The style of bedrooms has evolved a lot since the middle of the last century. Things have changed significantly since then, and some trends and styles are luckily far behind us. Here is a quick peek at the bedroom evolution since the 50s until today.
Pastel colors were trendy back then, including pink, mint, blue, turquoise, and pale yellow. Modern colors were also a quite common choice, such as orange, red, electric blue, black, and vibrant yellow. The goal was to create a contrast between colors. When it comes to fabrics, stars, stripes, and polka dots were a favorite bedroom option. Most bedrooms had curtains with floral prints. Chrome furniture and vinyl chairs were also a thing back then, as well as Formica tops. Most people slept on foam rubber mattresses, as it was a must-have thing in the 50s.
The 60s are associated with the rebellion and a specific home décor style. Living rooms looked much different compared to the previous decade. Pastel and modern colors were no longer a thing, and the style of furniture, chairs, and sofas was influenced by psychedelia and the hippie movement. Op art patterns became a trendy print, both inside and outside of a bedroom. Beanbag chairs and blow up furniture were quite popular as the accent was on furniture that could take the shape of the sitter. Many bedrooms also had shag rugs and lava lamps.
The 70s were characterized by corruption, recession, high unemployment rate, the lack of taste and material excess. During this decade, bigger became better when it comes to home décor, and queen and king bed sizes were very popular. The focus of the attention was on bedroom design, with campy colors and earth tones. High-tech futurism was also a thing.
During this decade, the size of the bedrooms and their number have increased a lot. Houses accommodated large furniture and electronics. The popularity of floor-sweeping drapes has increased, and everything was in a floral pattern, from sheets, pillowcases, and duvets to dust ruffles. Geometric patterns and bold colors were also widespread.
In the 90s, people tended to bring the nature inside – silk, dried, and plasticized versions of flowers, trees, and other plants were a favorite decoration option for the indoors. Wooden furniture was also trendy, especially in kitchens. Most new homes had at least three bedrooms, and they had multiple purposes, besides sleeping. The queen size mattress was the favorite choice of couples from the U.S.
During this decade, patterned wallpapers came back, as well as the feature wall, with everything from floral prints to heavy damasks. The reason is simple – it is more affordable to cover a single wall than to decorate the entire room. Living rooms were also reinvented, and they became more than just a place to watch TV with other family members. Formal living rooms served as workspaces, libraries, and game rooms. The focus was also on reducing the carbon footprint by opting for environmentally-friendly paint and other home products. The popularity of furniture made of recycled materials has also increased, and gardening took off. When it comes to bedrooms, they became personal spaces with the spa-like atmosphere for relaxation and personal retreat. Calming textures and colors were popular choices, for example, aqua, coral, and lavender, and new technologies have been invented, such as adjustable beds and memory foam mattresses. Bedrooms have become more comfortable than ever thanks to advancements in bed and mattress technology.
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