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
1962 – Princess Phones
Some of us love these old phones, but the candy colors can be kind of obnoxious!
1963 – Rooms That Were Way Too Coordinated
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
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.
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).