Vintage ’50s master bedroom decor: See 50+ examples of retro home style

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Blue master bedroom interior decor from 1954

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Here’s a look back at some authentically vintage ’50s master bedroom decor, featuring things like colorful retro carpets, modernist furniture, and old-fashioned bedspreads. (Also see Did married couples really sleep in separate beds back in the ’50s?)

Vintage ’50s master bedroom decor: Tips from 1958

Today’s best home decorating has reached a medium in which the lavish and the stark have been blended, sifted and molded into a combination of beauty and good taste.

The bedroom, for example, has undergone a metamorphosis in the past three generations. Once one of the most sumptuously decorated rooms of the home in which fancy and furbelows figured prominently. It then, for a time, took on a Spartan air of the strictly utilitarian, where beauty was banished as non-essential.

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Stripes

Today, decorating of the bedroom has attained a smart but informal elegance in which drama is achieved through the skillful combination of simplicity with rich materials.

Many modern-day bedrooms feature paneled walls of such sophisticated woods as creamy beige west coast hemlock, for homeowners find that wood lends rich texture and quiet elegance to the bedroom while never detracting from elements of the decor.


Retro double queen-sized beds with a fresh white & blue color scheme

Double queen size beds in retro 50s bedroom with white and blue color scheme


White bedroom furniture with blue walls & floor

Home decor tips from 1958: Color with discretion

Color should be used with discretion, and decorators have found that certain hues add to the restful quality of this room. Colors from the cool range — blues, blue-greens, clear greens and violet — are all good for bedroom decor, and earthy shades stemming from the tones of natural wood also enjoy great popularity.

Light ceiling treatment is necessary for this room to assure an airy atmosphere, and the pale shading of natural hemlock decking is preferred.

Unfailing good taste, simplicity, fine materials, and a spark of individuality — these are the ingredients for successful contemporary decorating.

Vintage 1957 bedroom style


Midcentury master bedroom with blue and green soft furnishings

Wood floors, blue/green/yellow striped bedspread and chairs, plus a blue accent wall behind the headboard. 

Vintage micentury 50s master bedroom with blue and green soft furnishings


Elegantly yellow old-fashioned bedroom style

Vintage 50s bedroom decor in yellow (2)


Kent-Coffey’s lovely walnut bedroom furniture (1957)

From 1957: Here iyou see proof of Kent-Coffey’s success in making furniture that seems to be so much more expensive than it really is!

Basic, go-anywhere pieces give the “Sequence” group a marvelous flexibility, Chests, bookcases, desk, dressers — see how they align themselves lo solve a difficult “long wall” problem, or turn a corner neatly

Walnut master bedroom furniture from 1957


Four poster bed with burgundy draping

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Four poster bed with burgundy draping


Blue and tan master bedroom suite decor

The striped blue, brown and white carpet fits the light-colored wood of the midcentury modern furniture style.

Blue and tan master bedroom decor with striped carpet - Mid-century modern


Separate single beds for a married couple

In this retro bedroom, dark wood furniture with gold accents is backed up with a black and white lattice pattern wallpaper.

Two single beds for married couples from the 1950s (7)


Master bedroom with Armstrong cork tile flooring (1950s)

In this distinctive bedroom, the Armstrong cork tile floor furnishes a handsome bedroom for lace, brass and velvet. As an added touch of elegance, hollow diamonds of brass with centers of gleaming white vinyl are set right into the floor — one of today’s most dramatic new decorating ideas. 

Armstrong cork tile is just right for a bedroom floor. It has rich, natural color and texture. It looks so luxuriously warm and comfortable and feels that way — even to bare feet.

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1950s master bedroom with king-size bed and cork flooring


Johnson-Carper master bedroom interior designs from 1950

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Here are gracious modern designing, good woods, exclusive hardwares, many seen and unseen values, and the exciting new color tones of frosted plum Imperial Walnut, Gall Grey, Mahogany, Cocoa Brown Walnut and light and lovely Ivory Sonora.

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Master bedroom interior decoration from 1950


Low bed in a master bedroom featuring white horizontal wall paneling

Vintage 50s master bedroom decor from 1954 (4)


Midcentury blue and white master bedroom decor

Paneling popular in bedrooms: Decorating ideas from 1958

Usually, a sleek quality is preferred for bedroom walls, so panel boards cut with a tongue and groove, which fit together without a break, are most often specified.

Because of wood’s neutrality of color, the paneling is usually finished with clear lacquer or varnish to retain its natural assets. In the case of the bedroom, where homeowners want to give added attention to a smooth, lustrous finish, paneling is often completed with a hand-rubbed waxing.

Furnishings for the bedroom, though utilitarian in function, simple in design, can be lavish in effect with individualistic touches contributing much to the scheme of things — a hand-carved or padded headboard, a bedroom set of oriental flavor in Chinese lacquer, flowing casement draperies in Shantung, raw silk, or textured linen.

Midcentury blue and white master bedroom decor


“Chinese Coin” bright red single beds for married couples

Two single beds for married couples from the 1950s (11)

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Midcentury modern style bedroom furniture with cool blue decor

Two single beds for married couples from the 1950s (5)


Unique midcentury modern emerald and beige master bedroom suite

The wicker room divider in the middle of the space offers a creative way to segment this retro bedroom.

Retro Asian-inspired master bedroom decor apartment-style from the 1950s


Retro yellow main bedroom design

The high ceilings and patterned carpet give this room a distinctly old-fashioned look.

Vintage 50s master bedroom with yellow decor


1950s “Old Colony” furniture designs

This mellow, traditional furniture takes your plans for the future very seriously! Like the sensible open stock idea, its “Home-Planned” designs assure a basic harmony — but with a pleasant flexibility that brings fresh charm as you later add to living, dining and bedrooms.

The Heywood-Wakefield emblem is a trusted symbol of the lasting value that comes only from superb craftsmanship and selected native hardwoods. 

Vintage 1950s Old Colony main bedroom furniture


Old-fashioned red & pink main bedroom theme from the ’50s

Old-fashioned main bedroom interior decorating with pink from the 1950s

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Twin bed with dramatic floral pattern and striking red accents (1959)

One master bedroom twin bed with dramatic floral pattern from 1959


Retro master bedroom with floral print wallpaper decorating

Retro 50s master bedroom with floral print wallpaper decorating


Wake up in a bright new bedroom!

Let this lovely Bassett bedroom set a bright pattern for your day! It’s a modern suite, simple and straightforward, yet it brings so much to your bedroom.

Each piece, you see, stands cleanly “off the floor,” giving your room a sense of space and lightness. And planning your color scheme is easy, because Bassett gives you three different woods to choose from, in four exciting finishes!

Vintage Bassett bedroom furniture from 1956

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Midcentury modern style bedroom

Retro mid-century modern bedroom style


“Nightfall in Lancaster City”

Mellowed by the  soft glow of solid maple furniture — side-by-side twin beds.

Vintage 50s master bedroom side-by-side twin beds (1)


Modern Heywood-Wakefield honey-toned furniture with green fabric

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Vintage 50s master bedroom side-by-side twin beds (2)


Monument’s new bedspread — “Hocus Pocus”

A completely different-looking jacquard bedspread… with its primitive design, its picture, frame motives. As much at home with modern… as it is with Provincial or traditional.

Vintage 50s master bedroom side-by-side twin beds (3)


Classy modern white bedroom design with orange accents

Vintage 50s master bedroom side-by-side twin beds (5)


Vintage master bedroom with warm brown and violet color scheme

Two single beds for married couples from the 1950s (4)


Vintage 50s bedroom with lacy white canopy bed

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Vintage 50s master bedroom with lacy white canopy bed


Master bedroom with pink velvet and white furniture

Vintage 50s master bedroom with pink and white decor


Gorgeous carmine red master bedroom with white furnishings

Vintage 50s master bedroom with red decor

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Classic 50s bedroom with a teal twist

Vintage 50s master bedroom with shades of green


1950s bubblegum pink dream bedroom for two

Vintage 50s master bedroom with shades of pink


Old-fashioned bedroom furniture with warm colors

Vintage 50s master bedroom with warm colors


Nostalgic lacy white bedspread with maple furniture

Vintage 50s master bedroom with white wallpaper and blue carpet


Soft floral bedroom design with a rose blanket

Fifties mom with baby in single twin bed


1950s yellow-green patterned bedroom

Vintage 50s master bedroom with yellow decor and white bedspread


Light blue master bedroom from the 1950s

Blue master bedroom interior decor from 1954


Red and navy bedroom design

Couple in bed in 1952


Two side-by-side single beds

Two single beds for married couples from the 1950s (12)


Green and blue color scheme for this cool bedroom

One of two single twin beds in blue and green vintage master bedroom from the 1950s


Peaceful rose pink and white vintage bedroom decor from the 1950s

Peaceful rose pink and white vintage bedroom decor from the 1950s


Romantic old-fashioned pink canopy bed in a vintage master bedroom

This room is filled with gold-leaf and brass antiques for some Victorian style in the fifties.

Romantic pink canopy bed in vintage 50s master bedroom


Dreamy and sleek pink bedroom (1950s)

High windows in the master bedroom afford plenty of unbroken wall space for furniture placement. Luscious shell-pink tones used throughout the room were inspired by the pink marble tops on the ebony modern furniture.

Small 50s home with main bedroom all decorated in pink


Bedroom with a draped pink bedskirt and curtains

Vintage 50s master bedroom decor from 1954 (5)


Small fifties master bedroom decor in green

Small fifties master bedroom decor in green


Simple mid-century bedroom style

A new luxury of sheets in Du Pont Nylon – These new sheets of 100% Du Pont nylon are caressingly smooth… give you a feeling of dreamy luxury… These new sheets of Du Pont nylon come in a rainbow of pastels as well as sparkling white.

Vintage midcentury modern sheets and bedroom decor from the 1950s


Early 1950s Tropic Mist & Walnut bedroom furniture designs

Give your bedroom that one-in-a-thousand look with this clear, smooth, off-white mahogany group, custom-styled in advanced modern design with its accent of dull finished solid walnut in the molded base structures. Bright brass trim gleams on solid mahogany drawer pulls. Drawers glide on permanent action treated guides…

Early 1950s master bedroom decor - Floral prints


Traditional-style master bedroom decor from 1950

Capture the charm of an eighteenth-century French chateau with Touraine, by Drexel… Find new glamour for your bedroom in the precious Brittany fruitwood finish, new color possibilities in its rich honey hue, and new delight for your eye in this lovely design, with the smoothly flowing, richly carved detail, so well-loved by the courtiers of Louis XV. 

Traditional-style master bedroom decor from 1950

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Elegant main bedroom decor with a single bed (1950)

The American Idea: A sense of the past in the present. Here, one of today’s great developments — Celanese acetate, the beauty fiber — weaves a luxurious taffeta, perfect background for antique grillwork designs borrowed from another era.

Twin bed in master bedroom - 1950s


White wicker vintage bedroom furniture with blue sheets and accents

1950s woman reading in bed


Vintage 1950s bedroom decor with wooden shelves and cabinetry

How wonderfully easy it is to make a 24-hour-a-day room out of a “sleeping room” when you plan with versatile, beautiful Ethan Allen Custom Room Plan furniture by Baumritter. Here’s quiet elegance and charm to give you welcome relaxation and privacy after the cares of the day. 

Vintage 1950s bedroom decor with wooden shelves and cabinetry


Early 1950s twin beds with floral accents

Vintage early 50s bedroom decor with two single twin beds separated


Retro cabin-styled bedroom with green plaid designs

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Vintage master bedroom with built-in desk and shelving from the 1950s


Vintage white bedroom furniture with pink queen-size bed

Vintage white bedroom furniture with pink queen-size bed


To lengthen a square room: Tips from 1959

By the correct use of color, a perfectly square bedroom can be made to seem longer in one direction. The contrasting wall method also can be used in this case.

Only original museum pieces can rival the old-fashioned beauty of the Needletuft heirloom bedspreads you choose for your finest eighteenth century and early American rooms.

“Martha’s Vineyard,” for example, combines Cabin Crafts stitcheries unsurpassed for authenticity and charm: candlewick, punchwork, rippletuft, and giant feathertuft. In mellowed heirloom white, it will remain lovely through the years, will need no ironing.

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Vintage white yellow and black interior decor for a 1950s master bedroom


Photo of a 1950s bedroom with evergreen soft furnishings

Photo of a 1950s master bedroom with green soft furnishings


Vintage 1950s master bedroom with wood dressers

The green carpet plays off the leaves in the retro floral wallpaper. 

Vintage 50s master bedroom with green carpet and wood dressers


To make a room darker: Mid-century decor tips from 1959

Large bedrooms with several windows, often are over-bright, and too much light can be annoying. In planning a new decor for an over-bright bedroom, choose a darker paneling and floor covering. These will somewhat neutralize the natural brightness.

Mid-century modern master bedroom decor from the fifties

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Mid-century modern wood bedroom furniture & blue decor 

Mid-century modern wood bedroom furniture and blue decor from 1950s


White styled master bedroom with dark wood furnishings

In the best tradition, Tiara has a romantic association with the past. In these contemporary masterpieces, White brings you the irresistible beauty of ancient artistry with a new vigor, simplicity and individuality that is proudly American.

Dark wood furniture and large bed in master bedroom from 1950

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Birdseye maple furniture in a vintage bedroom

Birdseye maple furniture in vintage 1950s master bedroom


To make a vintage bedroom look brighter: Tips from 1959

Draperies and furniture absorb light, and the correct use of color can usually “pep up” a dull bedroom. Light color planks, such as yellow or green, will brighten a dark bedroom.

Since light usually strikes the floor first, make sure that the rug or floor covering material is also a light color. Plain white planks are also becoming popular in modern arrangements, since bright accessories will supply a colorful contrast.

Retro master bedroom from the 50s with wooden furniture


Simple retro bedroom with cabinet-style headboard

Vintage 50s master bedroom decor from 1954 (2)


Fancy 50s master suite with steps up to a living area

This unusual placement of the main bedroom — right off a living/dining area — nevertheless looks quite elegant.

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Vintage 50s master bedroom suite with steps up to living area


MBR full of red walls, offset with yellow & forest green decor

Vintage gold yellow bedroom decor from the 50s (2)


1950s bedroom with green carpet & reddish paint

Vintage 50s master bedroom with white bedspread and red walls


Elegant vintage master bedroom

This vintage bedroom features light blue carpeting and dark wood furniture

Elegant vintage master bedroom with light blue carpeting and dark wood furniture


Vintage yellow bedroom decor from the 50s

Vintage gold yellow bedroom decor from the 50s (4)

While the quilted golden bedding shown below nice, the bolster-style pillows look a little less than comfortable.

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Vintage gold yellow bedroom decor from the 50s (3)


Retro 1950s master bedroom decor – pink, purple and blue

Retro 1950s master bedroom decor - pink purple blue


Vintage 50s bedroom decor in yellow

Vintage 50s bedroom decor in yellow (1)


Deep red bedroom walls, accented with pale violet fabric

Vintage 50s master bedroom decor from 1954 (1)


 

Color can change the size of your room: Tips from 1959

The proper use of color in a bedroom redecorating project will not only provide an attractive decor, but can change the apparent size and proportions of the room.

A homemaker doesn’t require a course in color appreciation to plan a modern and efficient bedroom decor, but an understanding of certain basic principles is essential.

Many professional decorators have used plastic-finished Marlite planks and blocks for bedroom projects because these easy-to-handle panels are available in 10 “companion colors’ styled by Raymond Loewy Associates. and they also have a washable plastic surface.

Vintage 50s bedroom decor in yellow (3)

Vintage 50s master bedroom decor from 1954 (3)

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Vintage 1950s home decor – Large master bedroom suite

Vintage 1950s home decor - Large master bedroom suite


Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor – Blue

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Blue


Old master bedroom decor with folding fabric-covered shutters

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Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Blues and greens


Vintage orange/goldenrod bedroom decor from the 1950s

Vintage gold yellow bedroom decor from the 50s (1)


Decor tips for a large room from 1959

Panel the walls with predecorated hardboard planks in a dark, warm color. An accent wall behind the beds is an easy way to add interest to the room.

Marlite blocks in a lighter color or a handsome woodgrain on the accent wall will create visual interest in a larger bedroom’s decor.

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Brown walls and green furniture

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Main bedroom with twin beds with matching white bedspreads

Two single beds for married couples from the 1950s (1)


To widen a narrow room: Tips from 1959

By paneling the end walls with a warm color, such as pink, and the side wall with predecorated hardboard planks in a cool color, a bedroom will appear more uniform. 

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Calming pink and white


Floral wallpaper and two twin beds

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Floral wallpaper and two twin beds

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Light feminine white and pink

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Light feminine white and pink


Old-fashioned green and white interior decor, with wood

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Old-fashioned green and white with wood


Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor – Red carpet

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - Red carpet


To make a small room look larger: Tips from 1959

Panel all four walls with planks of a receding color, such as blue or green. A feeling of spaciousness is achieved by eliminating strong contrasts.

Vintage 1950s master bedroom decor - White and blue


Mom & daughter changing yellow sheets in the 1950s

Mother and daughter changing yellow bed sheets in vintage 50s master bedroom

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  1. I have a ’56 bedroom set that is almost exactly like this one! Could you tell me what the current value of this would be if I were to sell it?

  2. This Bassett Furniture bedroom suite was feature in Life magazine in 1956 and I was the model for the ad. Can you tell me the month of this ad??

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