With the current green movement, 60s decor and hippie themes have come back into style. The 60s was a critical time of social change. This intensity is reflected in the décor, begging for an emotional reaction. The 60s style room is about creative freedom, peace, and meditation. Here are some decorating ideas to create your retro room.
Space age looking furniture was very popular after we landed on the moon. Furniture had a flat packed appearance and were made of molded plastic, glass, pvc, and metal. Try incorporating a pod style chair at your desk.
The Mod look also came about from London along with The Beatles. This incorporates modern looks like Pop and op art. Hang an Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe or Campbell’s soup picture in your room.
Patterns are a must for a 60s style room. Bright vibrant patterns and colors were used. There is no goal to create a neutral styled room; the goal is to make an eye-catching design. Popular patterns include ethnic prints, especially Indian, paisley, and flowers. Flowers were on everything in the 60s, thus, the term flower power.
Colors were also eye catching. Some of the natural tones like yellow, browns and greens used in the 70s were seen in the 60s, but weren’t as predominant as vibrant color schemes. Common color schemes were hot pink with orange and black and white, contrasting colors.
Metallic wallpaper is another psychedelic addition that will make your room travel back in time. Use it to cover the wall or just as a border for accent.
Television was fairly new and therefore a focal piece of many 60s living rooms. A quirky touch would be the TV tray that gained popularity in the 60s.
Tie-Dye is an easy and inexpensive way to cover a lot of ground decorating your 60s style room. I recommend tie-dying the bedspread and curtains. Tie-dye kits can be found at any arts and crafts store and even Walmart. Just tie off your fabric every 6″ or so with a rubber band.
Beaded Curtains can easily be found online and at novelty stores like Claire’s and Spencer’s. Replace a closet door with them or use them as accents on curtain and lamp strings.
Spread the love with symbols stenciled on the wall. Favorite symbols of the 60s include Siamese cats, owls, daisies, peace signs, and mushrooms.
Add psychedelic lighting and smells. Lava lamps, fiber optic lights, and candles will help to create a hippie environment. Incense is intended to aid relaxation and meditation.
A shag rug is the final step to your groovy space.
There are so many things that can be done to create a 60s, free spirit room. Remember the room should be emotionally provocative but simultaneously relaxing.