Interior design took a whole new twist in the 60s and 70s, also known as the ‘golden age of design’. This period is marked by massive transformation in decor themes which seemed to stem from the cultural and political moods in the world at the time. The 60′s especially saw the emergence of the hippie culture and liberalism was encouraged as well as freedom of expression. Minimalism seemed to rule due to the use of bright and vibrant colors that dominated the era.
This was also the time when the space age was emerging and homes took on a futuristic look with space age inspired furniture and decor. This type of furniture does not take up much space which worked well for the minimalist approach of that era. The shift from clear lines to curves and patterns also played a major role in use of space. Clearly with curve more space was needed and it is not uncommon to find homes in this era being roomier.
With the bright and expressive colors, it was easy to make a large space not bare and yet not so crowded and cramped either. The play with colors allowed for this minimalist approach that was the in-thing at the time. The hippie culture advocated for having just the bare essentials in a room and so this minimalist approach in interior design was well accommodated.
The world economy started taking a downturn in the 70s and high spirited decor of the hippie 60s was also toned down. The bright colors were gradually replaced by florals and patterns. The clean lines of the 50s also made a comeback in this period. Spaces became smaller to accommodate the prevailing economic situation. Towards the end of the decade the florals reduced in size even as the recession subsided and larger spaces were back in.
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