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10 fifties interior decorating ideas

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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James Dean was the on the silver screen, Marilyn Monroe caused men’s hearts to melt and the newest song by Elvis Presley was in the Jukebox: these were the 1950s! Of course, over half a century has passed, and things have changed since those days, but if you are nostalgic for the fifties, you can recreate the aesthetics of that time in your own home. 

In the fashion and interior design of that decade,  pastel colours dominated, mixed sometimes with shades like a vibrant red, as we know from picturing the typical American diners in Hollywood films. Using these colours, and the designs and products of our experts, you can bring the charm of the 50s into your own four walls.

The jukebox

The song “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis is best sung along with the sound flowing from a jukebox. For the perfect 50s feel, perhaps you lack only this music system. Although this design meets the classic 50s standards, the modern technology takes use of more recent developments. In fact, this jukebox can be connected to the Internet; it has a USB port, Bluetooth and a wireless speaker system. The main visual highlight here is the glass tubes in which bubbles rise in rotating rainbow colours. In addition, ten light programs provide for fascinating effects, providing visual entertainment to go with your audio system.

Vinyl upcycling

In the 1950s CDs or MP3s were not yet even a distant dream. Instead, the music of Johnny Cash played through the record player. The early shellac discs were replaced in mid-0s by vinyl records, which were less fragile and much lighter. And even if turntables are now viewed as antique, some designers are finding new and surprising uses for the old records. The Italian designer Massimiliano Stefanutti, for example, came up with the idea of producing vinyl wall clocks. What a way to recycle stylishly!

Fifties diner

When we think of something that is for us, typically 50s, we usually conjure up images from films like Grease. W|e see happy people in pastel-coloured poodle skirts who meet in a diner and drink milkshakes. This classic American establishment can be recreated in your own dining room with this table and chairs by American Warehouse. In this dining room furniture, we again find the iconic black and white checked pattern, so characteristic of a diner. The bright chairs with their white leather piping also seem to have appeared straight from the 50s.

Retro refridgerator

With this fridge inspired by graphics of the American 50s, your food can be stored in proper style. The rounded shape and high-gloss chromed door handle made of steel are also typical of fridge design from that era. In this model, nostalgia and modern refrigeration and freezing equipment are combined. With the low energy level A ++, each model also meets the demands on energy and environmental friendliness, which is something that has certainly improved since the 1950s!

The kidney table

Nerka White:  Living room by Kvadrat Meble
Kvadrat Meble

Nerka White

Kvadrat Meble

The kidney-shaped table is also a classic piece of furniture from the 50s. Resembling a kidney bean, this design sat centre stage in many 1950s living rooms. And of course, this trend has now been picked up in a modern way: here a particle board takes on the turned legs and square sets with its distinctive surface accents. Each table leg has a slightly different shape and shines in a brilliant white, giving this old classic a modern twist.

The VW beetle

The economical and robust VW Beetle was THE car of the 50s! It was produced from 1938 to 2003 and reached its peak when in 1950 it was exported to the United States. By 2002, the model was even the best-selling car in the world. 

No wonder, then, that it is difficult for the owners of this car to part with it. Thanks to our expert Martin Maw, you don’t have to! He has transformed disused cars into furniture, so the beloved car model can now be a bar, bench or even a bed frame.

Cocktail chairs

 Living room by artprodeko

Cocktailsessel mit Bogenmuster gelb-grün


Around the kidney table you need, of course, the right furniture for seating. Here we see the classic cocktail chair. This armchair is characterized by its extremely comfortable backrest, which almost seems to embrace those who sit here. The classic chair is known either in the variant seen here, or sometimes with a half-height armrest.

Tulip lamp

 Living room by N C



This unique lamp would fit perfectly into a living room with a 50s style . The lamp shade is shaped like a tulip, while the stand resembles stem of the flower. Our Italian experts NC offer us a modern variant of classic design. These luminaries from the series Trio, with their pastel tones,  fit perfectly with the colour scheme of the 50s.

The dryer hood

 Living room by Onkel Edison
Onkel Edison

Friseurlampe himmelblau—Upcycling Design

Onkel Edison

Technical devices to facilitate everyday life were very much on the rise in the fifties. During this time, the dryer hood conquered the hairdresser salons. You could sit under it, reading and chatting, while your hair dried and was ready for a preppy 50s style. This cult object was taken up by designers at Onkel Edison and cleverly turned into a lamp. Thanks to upcycling, we can continue to use this object, which was once so useful in a different way, every day.   


Warmly welcomed dinner guests were presented in the 50s with fine porcelain tableware.  Today, with our reliance on dishwashers, we tend to shy away from delicate dishes that need to be hand washed. But in the fifties, when the dishwasher was not such a commonplace appliance for the average household, fine china was more commonly used. Today, we think it should make a comeback!  This model features the pastel colours that would blend perfectly with a 50’s style dining area.

What do you think of the fifties style? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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