What Was the Worst Decorating Trend from the Year You Were Born?

The ’60s were a time of experimentation. Novel designs and materials meant that new products were available with increasing regularity. We were dipping our toes into decor from around the world and patterns from India, China, and South America were not uncommon in home furnishings. There was a lot going on during this era- perhaps too much!

1960 – Brown and Orange Together

1961 – Console Bed Frames

What Was the Worst Decorating Trend from the Year You Were Born?

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1962 – Princess Phones

Some of us love these old phones, but the candy colors can be kind of obnoxious!

What Was the Worst Decorating Trend from the Year You Were Born?

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1963 – Rooms That Were Way Too Coordinated

What Was the Worst Decorating Trend from the Year You Were Born?

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1964 – Mixing Patterns

Combining too many patterns seemed like the norm in the ’60s. Boundaries in interior design were being pushed, so it wasn’t surprising for plaids to appear next to florals next to ethnic prints. Unusual color combinations were also no biggie, which made for a confusing palette of color and pattern.

1965 – Dark Wood Furniture

1966 – Giant Lamps

What Was the Worst Decorating Trend from the Year You Were Born?

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1967 – Rococo Revival

Done well this style can be a historic representation. But, the ’60s take on Rococo was a blend of modernity and over-the-top gilt romanticism. The result was a confused blend of styles that did not do justice to either.

What Was the Worst Decorating Trend from the Year You Were Born?

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1968 – “Glass” Grapes

These acrylic grapes could be found on the dining room table, in the kitchen, or even made into swag lights. Thankfully the world has moved on from giant fruit (or forks or spoons for that matter).

What Was the Worst Decorating Trend from the Year You Were Born?

Image taken at Pike Place Antiques.

1969 – Bright Vinyl Upholstery

What Was the Worst Decorating Trend from the Year You Were Born?

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