What goes around comes around—and in the case of interior design, 1950s style has apparently come back around with a vengeance. Yup, according to the latest Google home trends report, 1950s living rooms have seen a 5,000 percent increase in search versus the same time period last spring. Wowza.
Why the nostalgia? Well, for starters, mid-century style can now be considered a timeless classic. And with bold color and pattern maximalism trending big-time, it’s no wonder that folks are turning to the Mad Men-era past for a dose of modern inspiration. Here, a few key design elements of the 1950s living room to bring into your own home.
Vibrant, happy color exploded in the home after World War II. Look to poppy hues like yellow, red, orange, bubblegum, turquoise and grass green for a ’50s-chic palette.
Get the look: Article sofa ($1,199)
Clean-Lined Wood Furniture
Legendary furniture designer Charles Eames got his rip-roaring start in the ’50s: Sleek, laminated plywood furniture reigned supreme as a result.
Get the look: West Elm console, $1,099
For a blatantly retro note, add some atomic age motifs, geometric patterns or trippy florals to your design scheme.
Get the look: Society 6 pillow ($23)
Fun fact: At-home bars became an entertaining staple during the ’50s. (One manhattan, please.)
Get the look: Wayfair bar cart ($138)
Lamps crossed over from utility to statement in the ‘50s. The wackier and more geometric, the better.
Get the look: Lamps Plus table lamp ($90)
BRB, twisting the night away.
Get the look: U-turn Audio turntable ($459)