This pink living room looked like it belonged in Barbie’s Dream House

Vintage pink living room decor (1969)
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After decorating this spectacularly pink living room back in 1969, the interior designers said that of the many magical ways you can wake up a room with color, one of the most effective and most versatile was to apply color in the form of a pattern.

Fascinating color combinations that might fall apart when carried out entirely in plain patches will mesh smoothly in a pattern, they said, giving you a firm foundation to work around.

You can borrow your whole theme from one patterned fabric. “But that pattern,” said Lord & Taylor’s interior designer Shelley Mowell, who planned this living-dining room, “had better be an exceptional design with tremendous visual impact, especially if you plan to use the fabric as we did, on only one piece of furniture.”

The smashing print he chose for the Chippendale sofa included Azalea Pink, Camellia Pink, and Purple Anemone colors, which were repeated in a swirling mural facing the mirrored tile wall.

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Purple Anemone reappeared on the vinyl tile floor, while one of the pattern’s smaller motifs was copied on the etagere.

As a whole, the super pink room looked like a place where Barbie and her pals would feel right at home.

In a diversion from all the pinkness, a white hinged butler’s coffee table had been placed on top of a natural beige Icelandic sheepskin rug. Nearby was the light that was suspended from the stainless steel rail of the tall modern-style long arc floor lamp.

Along the back wall behind the sofa, the window had an arch on top with a decorative flower design — like stained glass, but in clear glass — and its unusual shape was reflected in the far mirrored wall.

Vintage pink living room decor (1969)
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