The 1950’s were a decade full of historic events; our queen was crowned, DNA was discovered, segregation became illegal in the US, and colour TV was introduced. On a more domestic scale, a lot changed for interior design, too. Homes were generally a fair bit smaller than they had been, which meant that furniture had to be redesigned to compensate and accommodate. As such, the 1950’s became the era of sofa beds, foldaway ironing boards, and stackable furniture.
The open-plan layout became common place, with rooms often being separated by screens instead of walls. This, and the more frequent use of larger windows and glass doors, helped to create an illusion of space where it was lacking. For the most part, the walls would be decorated a neutral colour, often white, with the more vibrant colours being used in the furniture and accessories.
American influences could be found in this decade’s interiors, with dining room furniture closely resembling what can be found in diners made from chrome in bright colours. In fact, chrome was pretty popular across the whole kitchen from the big appliances to the toasters and swing-lid bins. Also, no 1950’s kitchen would be complete without the coolest (pun intended) appliance ever a SMEG fridge. They’re retro, they’re large, and they just look fantastic.
As we’ve said, a neutral colour on the walls with splashes of brightness from the furniture is perfect for creating another illusion of extra space. It keeps the room looking light and open rather than drawing it in. For the kitchen, why not try something a little more exciting with a 50’s diner style black and white checker-board floor?