You may not remember the era of mini skirts, the Beatles and Twiggy first hand, but 1960s style has never really gone out of favour in the interior design world.
In the 1960s, the Space Race meant new manufacturing processes were being developed along with bold new colours and designs. ‘Flat pack’ became a thing, and furniture was made out of revolutionary materials such as moulded plastic. The era followed the scarcity of the 1940s and the austerity of the 1950s, and people had both a little more money to spend on their homes and a better selection of goods to buy. Yes, alright, it might have been the era of the shag carpet and nylon fabric, but it was also the era of the Eames chair, the Arco lamp and pop art.
1960s style is set for another resurgence, so if you have a secret penchant for the Swingin’ 60s then we’ve picked out 10 key pieces to help get the look.
1. 1960s style lampshade, 20th Century Cloth
This fabulous retro vintage, 60s style lampshade is hand made in the UK using a own unique range of fabrics. It’s available in a range of sizes and costs from £46 to £115 from 20th Century Cloth.
2. Liquid gold lava lamp, Red Candy
This Liquid Gold lava lamp is the gold standard when it comes to decoration. Made from aluminium and glass, it requires mains power and will add a 60s vibe to any room, whether it’s lit or not. £35, available in June 2022 from Red Candy.
3. Personalised retro vinyl print, Betsy Benn
This personalised, retro style vinyl print will ‘record’ your special song – such as the number one hit on the day you were born, the day you got married or the day you bought your first house together. £19, available from Betsy Benn.
4. Evander gold dome table lamp, Bloomingville
This flamboyant Evander gold dome table lamp with a matt gold finish is a real statement piece with its retro vibes and geometric shapes. £229, available from Beaumonde.
5. Focal retro circle wallpaper, Bobbi Beck
This ‘Focal’ print has been designed to offer a modern take on a retro aesthetic. Its clean, crisp lines, paired with typical retro shapes and hues make it a great way to get that retro look with a modern twist. Try it on a feature wall to avoid it looking too overwhelming. £66 per roll, available from Bobbi Beck.
6. Retro stripe love sundaze art print, Frances Collett
1967 is known as the summer of love, and this bright, bold, giclée art gives a nod to that era. Whether you buy it as a present for someone you love or hang it on your own wall to cheer up a dull day, it’s sure to bring joy. £25, available from Fy!
7. Snoopy Love tea towel, Magpie
The Snoopy character by Charles M. Shultz was actually created in 1950, if you can believe that! He remained popular throughout the 60s and 70s and is still instantly recognisable today. This 100% cotton tea towel is produced in collaboration and will add a little retro whimsy to your kitchen. £10, available from Beaumonde.
8. Retro bedside table, Vox
1960s furniture was designed to look as different as possible from the heavier, utility styles of the 40s and 50s and this retro-style bedside table has the light-coloured wood and sleek lines of the period, with a modern take. Designed and made in Poland, it offers you the option to customise the design and add different door colours. Part of a range, it costs £138 from Cuckooland.
9. Cosmic retro lava vase, Luxeology
Here’s something really different, and you’ll either love it or hate it! This unusual design is handmade in Portugal from earthernware with a reactive shiny glaze. It’s sure to prove a talking point! £29, available from Luxeology.
10. Beatles All You Need is Love art print, The Northern Line
The fab four in an iconic pose for that authentic 60s vibe, this art print will brighten any wall. Available unframed or framed, prices start at £23 from The Northern Line.0