Need ideas to decorate your 1960s or 1970s home? Paint colors for your 1960s living room, dining room, bedroom or kitchen? I recently acquired a bundle of vintage Sherwin Williams 1960s decorating brochures, and Matt has been scanning like a madman. So here we go, with the launch of a festival of 1960s interiors.

The interior designs in this 1965 paint brochure are doubly fun because, well, they depend on paint, and as a result, many of the rooms are kind of like those home decorating shows today that mostly involve buying $1,000 worth of outrageously colored paint and painting everything. Usually not to such great effect. Except somehow, it all looks much more appealing circa 1965. Sherwin-Williams Suburban Modern palette? Love it today. Love it even more yesterday.


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  1. Guy H. says:

    Wonderful pages. I am a big fan of the 1960s and 70s style.
    I really love the panels on the entrance at the left side of picture #2.

    What a wonderful place to live. Everything looks alive!

    1. Gavin Hastings says:

      Berserk is the wrong choice of word.
      The point I was trying to make is that: within 3 years, these rooms were considered outdated.

  2. Annie B. says:

    Wonderful pages, indeed. Great cabinets shown here; also luscious light fixtures, as in lower left of Image 3. Love the color palettes of ’57 through ’65.

  3. Susan says:

    Too many curves and patterned fabrics for my taste, in general, but I love the cabinets and colors in Image 7 and Image 14-top–soft aqua-green and zingy yellow, so clean and fun!

    And, by the way, Pam: Retrorenovation soothes what ails me on a DAILY basis!

    I love having my senses stimulated and my nostalgia and creativity activated by your (and your vivacious intern’s) posts!

    THANKS!!!!

  4. Shane Walp says:

    Do the set designers from Mad Men ever contact you? Not that they don’t do their own research, but why would they? Everything you have here is so comprehensive!

  5. MidCMitzi says:

    Hurray for 1965–the year I was born! I think these interiors are absolutely stunning. I especially like all those hanging wall units–combinations of desks, bookshelves, entertainment centers. Anyone know where to find building plans for something like that?

        1. Gavin Hastings says:

          Devon- Every era has some spectacular and tragic fashion. What is good enters the mainstream and the bad falls away. Don’t believe everything you read: I saw many beautiful interiors in the 1970’s that could well hold their own today.

          1. Annie B. says:

            Gavin,

            There was a famous interior designer of the early 1970’s whose name escapes me, but I’m sure you’ll remember, who painted rooms chocolate brown – ceiling and all. He was featured often in “Architectural Digest” back then, as I remember. This is my idea of an example of a 1970’s interior which would hold up well today.

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