Interior Design / October 2, 2018 / Andrea Dupont.
Some modern style trends emerged in those years, and many of those trends are seeing a resurgence in the 21st century.
The epitome of modern styling and affluence was the matching furniture set. Bedroom sets, dining room sets, and living room sets roared into popularity. complete living room set
These sets were typically designed with a modern, sleek look, and constructed with lighter, brighter materials like blonde woods.
It was quite common for newlywed couples to make a matching bedroom set their first big purchase. A typical set included two twin beds, one or two night tables, and a matching dresser with or without a mirror. The total effect was to create a bedroom that was modern, sleek, and well suited to the advancements of the modern world.
Colorful floor cushions, pillows, and chair pads were used to increase comfort plus allow families to personalize their modern furniture while still staying true.
Before World War II, only the most affluent Americans had manicured backyards and the leisure time to enjoy them. Following the war, though, the explosive growth in home ownership and disposable income meant that more and more people could realize the American dream and have their own home with a backyard.
Demand a created for outdoor furniture that was modern and stylish, but functional as well. Wooden patio furniture abounded, as did metal and aluminum pieces that were especially easy to care for and store. A genuinely new yard also included accessories like bird feeders, planters, statues, and other yard decorations.
The growth in home ownership and leisure time also led to the new trend of a dedicated rec room where families could play games. Modern style furniture in these rooms included so-called comfortable chairs complete with ottomans for the feet, as well as freestanding bars and snack stations for entertaining. Of course, every bar needed bar stools to complete the modern style, so padded seats with and without backs grew in popularity as well.
Modern style furniture trends include more than just the furniture itself. The original types of modern style furniture from the 1950’s through the 1970’s are experiencing a tremendous resurgence. Flea markets, secondhand stores, and online auction sites offer a wide range of retro furniture and accessories, and modern manufacturers are cashing in on the trend by producing reproductions of retro styles.
Many people who want to create a retro feel in their home are set on being as authentic as possible, so when they find a bona fide piece of modern style furniture from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s they will take great care to restore it to as close to original condition as possible.
So don’t throw away that old dinette set sitting in the garage just yet. You may be able to find it a new home with a family that loves retro styling.