60’s furniture in 2015

Think VW beetle, peace symbols and funky bee hive hair –  think 1960’s.
We all know that fashion, decor and trends go around and keep coming around. Does this mean that I need  to keep my bell-bottoms for when they come in fashion again – the answer is NO!

The best thing about trends is that we can keep up with them easily. This is my trend spot for the month – 1960’s furniture is back in!

The trend seems to be tables and chairs with skinny, tripod type slimline legs and bright colours like orange, yellow and red.

Globe, Tulip & Egg Chairs

Globe, Tulip & Egg Chairs *Images from Inspirationfeed.com

The above image shows great examples of the types of chairs that are currently on trend and make lovely show pieces in the homeI would place either the Globe or Egg chair in the bedroom or study and use as a reading chair or even to have an afternoon snooze in if you find them comfortable enough. Use these 1960’s chairs to soften a corner of a room or use as a centerpiece.The kids will love these and use them as space ships I imagine. The Tulip chair can definitely make its come back in the office environment – commercial or home office alike.

Mid Century Slim leg table in glass

Mid Century Slim leg table in glass

This mid-century slim leg coffee table is a great inspiration from the 1950’s to 1960’s. We are going to see a lot of glass being combined with a raw wood look with the furniture again as the trend moves towards the combination of organic and more hard, modern surface finishes. We see this slim leg design in chairs, tables and bedside tables. What is great about them is that for rooms where spaces are limited, the furniture has an open air feel, especially now that glass added to the mix – it’s almost as if it’s not there, but don’t be fooled, if it is a good quality, it is sturdy.

Something to consider about this type of furniture is that the underside is open, so the tables and chairs should be used in the middle of an open space and not against a wall. The bedside cabinets are great, but make sure that plug points are behind the cabinet, otherwise you will see cables and this can look unsightly.

I realised that I have a piece of 1960’s in my own home. We recently had a cabinet made for our tv unit. Obviously it is custom made for the space. We used a semi-gloss white finish combined with a raw recycled wood that gives a retro, old school finish.

Let’s skip the cheesy parts of the 1960’s and focus on the great pieces making their well deserved return in 2015. Enjoy!

1960's look tv cabinet

Wooden mosaic creates a retro 1960’s look

*Coffee table from Mr Price Home online store


Mint green is the new black


Okay, so I will admit that I am a little on the back burner with this colour trend, but never the less, my colour selection for this month is mint green. It’s versatile, soft, gender neutral and can be used in almost any room in the house: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and nursery – you get it.

Mint Green Bedroom

Mint Green Bedroom

I chose this colour for my main bedroom almost two years ago and little did I know that my taste would once again be a popular choice for all.

The colour on the walls is Plascon Gentle Caress which I used for the bathroom and bedroom – two different paint types in the same colour: Bathrooms and Kitchens finish for the bathroom and then Double Velvet for inside. Using enamel based paint products means that the bathroom walls are protected against fungus, bacteria and mould. Otherwise, the interior paint finish is up to you, but I would suggest a matt finish for this particular colour.

Mint Green Bathroom

Mint Green Bathroom

As an avid decorator’s home is a constantly evolving sanctuary of experimentation, I too have made some recent small changes to compliment the mint colour, including lamp shades, pillow cases and some crates for storage, admittedly all from Mr Price Home who seems to be on the money when it comes to the latest colour trends, but you can get the latest mint green accessories from any mainstream decor shop.

In terms of your finishes, a wood finish or white looks fabulous with mint green!

Mint Green Lamp Shade

Accessorize with Mint Green

*Photographs by John Guest and Michele Cawood*