Contemporary 1950’s

The interior design of a living room and guest bedroom in a contemporary, 1950’s home.

Living Room

The brief for this design was to transform the lounge of this 1950’s property, making the most of the natural light flooded in through the large windows and countryside views. The room is mainly used for watching TV and relaxing, but is occasionally also used for work during the daytime. The room is also used for entertaining when the adult, children visit with partners and therefore does need to be able to seat six people comfortably.

Concept & Inspiration

The living room design has been hugely inspired by the era of which the property was built, the 1950’s. This period just after the war was the time of mid-century modern and typographic style- one of the most influential movements for graphic designers. This history combined with the idea of using positivity and happiness artwork and slogans created the foundation of this concept. These images have all been used as inspiration for this design with navy blue being the primary colour along with accents of mustard, grey, light blue and fuchsia pink.


This client loved the idea of being able to walk into their living room and feel like they were walking into a Next showroom. A fabulous mid- century modern inspired, L-shaped sofa was chosen to really make the most of the space along with two mustard armchairs and two fuchsia footstools to add vibrant pops of colour.

A huge must for this interior was to include lots of storage- built in storage either side of the fireplace will create tonnes of storage space and creates the perfect place for the TV to sit and give the ability to create more seating to one side in the form of a storage bench. Floating shelves above will be perfect for accessories and photographs.


This client has already acquired a lovely collection of prints and artwork which can all be used together to create a fabulous and inspiring gallery wall behind the L-shaped sofa.

The mustard colour from the armchairs and fuchsia from the footstools are pulled throughout the room using decorative cushions. Tones of light blue are also used and quirky, slogan cushions to add a trendy, fun element to the textiles. These cushions help to break up the dark wall colour.


The overall design creates a cosy, vibrant and casual living room with the ability to be used for entertaining, relaxing and working from home. The interior will give off that feeling of walking into a Next showroom whist being in keeping with the properties age and having unique style and personality.

Guest Bedroom

This guest bedroom has been designed in a similar style to the previous living room design. 1950’s forms, colours and typographic style hints; blended with contemporary style.

The primary colour used in here is pink, however this is broken up by dark blue, mustard and black contemporary furnishings to create less of a feminine look overall. A 1950’s style wallpaper adds a vibrant splash of pattern and colour; creating a feature wall behind the bed.

Both the wardrobe and bedside tables include contemporary black wood but also compliment the properties countryside setting by having natural wood and cane textures along with the natural patterns which can be seen in the wallpaper.

The overall interior is vibrant and contemporary, but also relaxing and cosy with layers of different textures for a luxurious finish.