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Guest post- Color in the Sixties!

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It might have been fifty years ago,
but the looks and colors of the
nineteen sixties are
as influential as ever. Not since the Baroque period had there been such an
explosion of color. Men proudly sported pink shirts and women … well, we would not
mention what women did to their bras.

After a period of drab austerity,
where colour seemed to be have been rationed just as much as food and other
necessities - and allied with scientific developments in new, bright
pigmentation and materials like plastic - the world suddenly became as big and
bright as a Jackson Pollock painting.

Mix in space travel, men on the
moon, winning the World Cup, and mini skirts - and there was undoubtedly a new,
dazzling optimism in the air. This was reflected in the way we styled our
interiors, bringing color back into our lives big-time.

Warm, fully saturated colors like
reds and oranges began to feature in wallpapers, carpets and curtains and great
designers like Verner Panton revolutionised our interiors while artists like
Mark Rothko began their formal experiments in color.

Where we might nowadays add a
splash of red in a vase or centrepiece to accent an overall colour scheme - our
approach in the sixties was more likely to accent a bold, hot toned red with a
blob of cold, neutral grey. Some would say the approach was over the top, but
it was undoubtedly daring and innovative and without the economic stability of
the period it might not have happened.

Heralding in the seventies, the
Vietnam War brought with it unemployment, uncertainty and self-doubt - and
there was a sea change in cultural attitudes. The boldness began to fade,
saturated colours mutated into muted, unsaturated colours, and the mini became
the maxi. Pyschedelia was considered naïve and by the end of the period punk
designers like Ron Arad were recycling found objects to make furniture and
household accessories - paving the way, some would argue, for today’s popular
industrial style of design.

We are now, in the twenty-first
century, inhabit a more democratic design period. Tolerance and individual
choice means the world of interior design encapsulates styles as different as
shabby chic, traditional and baroque bohemia. For a wide, well thought out
selection to revamp and revitalise your home -
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So if you are going to decorate,
do not just get yourself a wad of colour swatches, think about the mood you want
to evoke - and use the colors of the past for inspiration to take control of
your home in the present.

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