Before & after: A 1960s living room’s decorative mood switch from light to bright

After living room mood switch from light to bright
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Chiefly by a skilled juxtaposition of lively patterns, back in the mid-1960s, interior decorator Fred W Davis turned the velvety beige serenity of its old decor into a yellow adventure in exuberance.

Ingenuity was involved, because the structure of the room remained the same, right down to the black ceiling beams and trim. The furniture placement also wasn’t going to change for this retro living room’s decorative mood switch.

After being redecorated, the large modular sofa was converted into the semblance of a splendid garden corner by being closely covered in slipcover made from a lavishly-flowered linen in green, yellow and red.

The look of this room before the decorative makeover:

Before living room mood switch from light to bright

Rising high beside it and related in brilliance and vigor, were a series of recessed shades of linen plaid — a sort of arbor trelliswork.

Part of the mood shift: the change of shades on the wall and windows and the natural slipcover of ferns in the floating fireplace. (Shown: Vintage Schumaker farbics, and 1960s Dunbar furniture.)

Here’s the look of this room after its style redesign:

After living room mood switch from light to bright
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