The Sixties were a highly creative and experimental period in modern history. It saw the fight for civil rights, man land on the moon, the introduction of the Beatles, the invention of the mini skirt and the dawn of the summer love movement and Woodstock.

The cultural revolutions of the Sixties had as big of an impact on homes as it did on the art, music and fashion of the time. The Sixties saw individuals expressing their own tastes, which was a deviation from the Fifties which offered a more generic ‘one size fits all’ approach to design.

When you think of the 1960s you might think of the old furniture and wallpaper that you have been trying to get rid of for years. But 1960s interior design is seeing a huge resurgence in 2019. With individuals opting to incorporate the streamline designs and bold aesthetics of the Sixties into their homes. Many people are moving away from the stark white minimalism of previous years, instead choosing to embrace a wider range of colours, patterns and shapes. 1960s design is perfect for everyone, whether you are looking for a singular statement piece or a full house redesign.

What Is 1960s Design

Departing drastically from the much softer aesthetic of the 1950s, the 1960s introduced bolder and more expressive design trends. It offered clean lines mixed with daring patterns and bright colours. The formalism of the past was gone, individuals were now free to mix patterns, time periods, materials, and colors in fresh and exciting ways. The design of this period was only limited by the designers imagination.

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1960s Design Influences

Sixties interior design was heavily influenced by the pop art movement of the Fifties and the fashion and ‘Space Age’ designs of the Sixties. Pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, fashion designers like Mary Quant and exposure to the media coverage of the space race all changed design trends in the 1960s.

How To Get The Sixties Look

This era of design is back on trend and we are loving it! So we came up with 10 tips for how you can get the Sixties look in your own home now;

1. Unusual Materials

The Sixties saw the introduction of an array of unusual materials into furniture and home decor accessories. These material included Metal, glass, wood, cork, laminate and PVC. If the Sixties taught us anything it was to embrace a range of different materials and colours when creating designs.

When designing your space, you shouldn’t be afraid to mix a range of materials, from fur to PVC , having an array of different and unusual materials can add texture and interest to your space. Mixing material is a staple to achieving the 1960s design aesthetic.

2. Bright Colours and bold patterns

Set against the high political backdrop of the 60s, interior design colour palettes soon exploded into bright oranges, yellows, blues, greens and reds. These colours were very expressive of the passion and action of the time period. This era also saw an insurgence of pattern use. From floral to geometric patterns, nothing was off limits.
A fun way to add excitement into your space is by choosing statement pieces of furniture that feature bright solid colours or quirky patterns. This could be a sofa, dining room chairs or a headboard for your bed. Choosing a statement piece like this is sure to pack a punch and become the talking point of any room.

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3. Interesting Shapes

Furniture of the Sixties was heavily influenced by interesting shapes and clean lines. Most of the furniture was functional and streamline, but most of all architecturally and visually interesting.
To mirror this in your own home, look for furniture and decor accessories that have unique shapes but are still functional. This could be an oddly shaped glass coffee table or a circular throw pillow. Adding unique shapes like this will make your room feel distinctly Sixties.

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4. Darkened Wood

Darker tinted wood was an essential element of any classic Sixties abode. The wood helped to add depth and ground all of the bold and bright colours and patterns of the decade.
From chairs and tables to cabinets and draws, dark toned wood is an easy way to make your interior design recognisably Sixties inspired.

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5. Wallpaper

If the Sixties were known for only one thing it would be its excessive use of wallpaper. From floral patterns to geometric designs, wallpaper was unavoidable. For many years this trend went out of style, but now it is well and truly back!

Wallpaper is the perfect way to bring a graphic element you your interior design. You can use it to create a killer accent wall or to cover your whole room, you could even put it in an unexpected place like your ceiling. When it comes to choosing your wallpaper, the bolder it is the better. A good place to start is by looking at floral, striped and geometric patterns.

6. Carpet

Carpets were a huge part of this era, with most homeowners looking for lux comfort. But when most people think about Sixties carpets it instantly conjures images of shag rugs and oddly coloured green floors.
The best way to incorporate this trend into your home in an updated and fun way is to use large throw rugs. This will help you to achieve the feel of the 1960s without having to replace your flooring. Choosing a rug with bright colours and geometric shapes is sure to give the vibe of the 60s and add interest to your room.

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7. Armchairs and Sofas

The Sixties introduced the world to an array of unforgettable armchair and sofa designs. From stand alone arm chairs to lounge chairs with matching ottomans, the Sixties had it all.
Incorporating bright and quirky armchairs and sofas into your space is sure to wow your visitors. You can purchase a matching set or you could experiment with your design by pairing a solid coloured sofa with odd or mismatched armchairs. Just remember to keep it fun!


8. Dining Rooms

1960s kitchens are iconic. Many advertisements from the period showed loving families crowded around the dining room table. Most of that furniture seems outdated now, but you can still incorporate pieces into your house in a modern way.
An easy way to incorporate 1960s furniture and accessories into your kitchen is by using them as accent pieces. For example, you could put retro chairs around your dining room table or use plates from the period as wall art. There is no limitations to the things you can do.

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9. Adjustable and Open Shelving

Adjustable and open shelving were a huge part of living rooms, bedrooms and offices of the Sixties. They offered a way to keep your space functional while still displaying objects.
This style of shelving has become popular again in recent years. Making this a great Sixties trend to introduce into your own kitchen, lounge room or bedroom. You could use these spaces to display art, books or any other interesting items you may have lying around.

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10. Retro Accessories

Accessories are an easy way to dress up your space without breaking the bank. There are many retro accessories available including; record players, drink trolley and kitchen appliances to name a few.

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How Sorrento Furniture Can Help

Whether you are looking to simply introduce some Sixties inspired furniture here and there, or you are hoping to create a completely Sixties inspired home from top to bottom Sorrento can help to achieve your dream.
Contact us today to hear about our custom furniture design services and to learn more about what we can do for you.