An exuberant crewel mandala pattern rug with a huge and fantastic floral-inspired pattern in the center was the star of the show in this room from the 1970s.
In this modern white living room from the seventies, colors from the large abstract picture determined the entire room’s ultimate scheme.
With a wall of windows to take maximum advantage of attractive gardens and vistas, this open-plan living room-dining area from the mid-50s had a casual family-friendly atmosphere.
Every vertical surface in this uniquely artistic living room was painted blue – moldings, mantel, window frames, shutters and all. The horizontal surfaces were painted white – even the parquet floor.
Here’s an idea from the 1950s: To gain year-round use from a porch, or to convert an old sunporch, why not make it into a conservatory living room or family room?
Massive beams gave solidity to this contemporary living room, bringing it into line – literally and figuratively – with the fireplace wall and the generous hearth.
Looking back from five decades later, the components of this mod green & white dining room seemed almost like were from a fabulously 1970s decor starter pack.
This creative built-in wall divider screen – one that let in plenty of light, yet still clearly delineated two areas – turned a bedroom and its adjacent bathroom into a suite.
The effect of at least one solid wall was gained by installing a good-looking, functional built-in wall cabinet. As a bonus, it gave this living room a focal point.
Dark on blue striped decor teamed up with reversed tones in the wallpaper for a captivating scheme in this vintage study/guestroom from 1970.
This maximum-retro style master bedroom was a cozy and comfortable haven for reading, chatting, watching TV – or just curling up for a cat nap on the fluffy fur-covered bedspread.
The light & spacious 60s living room, although not formal, had a casual dignity about it. Its open spaciousness was enclosed by a simple structure built predominantly of wood and stone.
This 1970s conversation area – which could be part of a mod family room or contemporary living room – got the right vibe from a spirited mass of color.
The space dedicated to this cozy conversation center was defined by the shaggy beige rug laid on the wideboard pegged wooden floor.
In this 1970s bedroom, an abstract blue floral pattern print was lavishly used, and was the perfect foil for the Wedgewood blue carpet.
In this bright and beautiful floral bedroom from the 1970s, flowers stretched across the walls, were appliqued on the bedspread, and clustered in china pots.
Everything in this mod black & white living room from the 1970s was totally refreshing, including the antique wooden 1930s radio, looking just as it did when the sound of Guy Lombardo filled the air.
This sun-drenched retro blue & gold bedroom from 1976 featured a color scheme that matched the outdoors, setting the colors in a rich large-scale floral print.
One of the most beautiful features of this classic midcentury modern home was the tall brick fireplace that sat beneath the living room’s high cathedral ceilings.
Although this red & black living room decor was from the mid-60s, the feel of the entire space really conveyed an old-world elegance.
This dining room from the early 1950s, skipped the traditional decor, and instead had low furniture that kept everyone grounded.
This small sitting room from the seventies was a cozy spot, with a built-in window seat and bandana patchwork prints and boho patterns everywhere.
Until these apartment owners found the perfect piece of art to fill a tall wall, they installed four unframed overscaled vertical stripes that were painted in three different colors.
This retro 60s country-style sitting room welcomed guests with green pastel walls and cabinetry that instantly gave the space a lively personality.
Pastel colors, painted, gilded and polished surfaces combined to create this graceful French-inspired dining room that had such classic style, it may be surprising to learn that it was decorated in 1970.
As it appeared in this 1960s show home, the elegant modern master bedroom suite had an emphasis on relaxation, purposely making space for things like quiet conversations by the fireplace.
Formerly an oversized landing passageway, this home’s hallway was converted into a bright striped sitting room, eminently usable as extra space for entertaining.
This cute and creative 1930s attic bedroom made the most of its space by incorporating custom-built canopy beds that fit perfectly under the eaves on each side.
Throughout this high-end 1960s home, antiques and modern furniture were paired with confidence, as exemplified by this luxe vintage dining room decor.
This cool grey living room had a definite midcentury modern style, which was especially apparent in the sleek lines and minimal detail.
The designers combined two distinct country patterns to cover the walls and ceiling of what is most easily described as a country-style breakfast nook.
The stunning waves of cool blue decor were made with a graphic print stretch fabric that covered the walls, bed, bedside table and shutters in this oceanside home back in 1970
Open-beam construction of the ceiling gave extra height and a sense of spaciousness to this 1950s living room’s turquoise & orange décor.
Dramatic contrasts of tones & textures – bright versus dark, smooth versus grainy, sleek versus nubby – gave striking individuality and living room boho chic to the midcentury Scandinavian furniture.
Green works well with many colors, but when this lettuce green wallpaper was paired with white in a trellis pattern, it seemed doubly fresh and intense.
You’ve seen brick fireplaces, tall fireplaces, freestanding fireplaces… but what about a mouth-shaped fireplace with scalloped inner edges that looked a lot like teeth?
The feel of the 1970s was expressed in a brilliant range of colors in this bright boho family room decor – particularly a sunny citrus yellow.
The removal of a wall between kitchen & dining room made all the difference in this home from 1956, creating a more open plan area that was filled with reds, greys and earthy tones.
This eclectic and oh-so-hip white modern living room would have been pretty basic but for the extra colorful decorative bursts here and there.
Take a look back at this retro cute country-style dining room style that was a blend of textures, patterns, colors and time periods.
In this home from the 1960s, camelia pink and white fabrics on the romantic canopy beds, the chairs, the daybed and the drapes made a bedroom that was fresh and sweet.
The unique combination of purple grape and mountain blue used in this in this midcentury modern dining room decor created an atmosphere that was gentle on the eye, but still unique enough to draw positive attention.
Looking back at this goldenrod living room, you can see that this 1960s New York living room was filled with the feel of late summer sunshine.
The demure pattern and glorious colors of a radiant floral antique stencil design decorated the floor of a pre-Revolutionary house in Williamsburg were transplanted in this New England dining room.
This cheerful bedroom decor from the 60s was warm and sunny – aglow with yellow, the go-with-anything color.
Do you like the warmth of retro wall paneling, but find the simple wood plank lines a little less than exciting? Here’s an old-school way to use this basic material in a new way.
This large master bedroom from the 1960s was decorated with several spirited colors, and had as its centerpiece a beautiful hot pink chaise lounge.
Brown was considered a popular midcentury modern color, so Bloomingdale’s put together this contemporary 1960s living room decor that made the most of the rich tone.
A hot orange color was used full force in this 1960s living room, where color spotlighted the fireplace and set off the accessories above the mantel.
This mid century modern dinette set was from around the time when mod design became widely available with a range of colors and shapes, and was much more affordable than before.
In this calming and serene green retreat from the 60s, the furniture was traditional rather than modern — overstuffed armchairs, graceful antique tables of dark wood, a crystal chandelier.
Vintage Williamsburg Restoration furnishings were used to decorate this modern semicircular dining room in a two-story-high space.