1969-living-room-with-great-picture-arrangementThe Brady Bunch began airing in 1969 — their birthday was just a few days ago, Sept. 26. This 1969 paint color brochure from Benjamin Moore is not featuring their house, but it might as well be.  The colors that dominated the upcoming 70s era are all here: Empire Gold, Mango Orange, Wedgwood (aka Avocado) Green, Tobacco Brown…. The 1969 living room above isn’t exactly Carol Brady — she and architect Mike had the mod California split level thing going on… but I particularly like the arrangement of prints and wall plaques. This is definitely “coolonial” decor, groovy in its own right. Click through for 14 more images from 1969, some of which are sure to have you scratching your head saying, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!…

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  1. Annie says:

    Oooo! Thank you for this! My mobile home is from 1969. I love this time period and love (most of) the original features left in my little house.

  2. jkaye says:

    Our house was full of brown, gold and green stuff. Not much orange. That collection of wall decor in the first photo makes me think of another big trend back then, which was to have a family photo gallery somewhere in the house, such as the family room. It featured all of the kids’ school photos, family portraits, and those big frames filled with lots of little squares and circles for snapshots. They’d be arranged in a similar fashion as the elements in that photo, with a variety of frame styles and shapes. My grandma still has hers on the wall, and it is such a hoot to look at — the men in their leisure suits and big sideburns, and the ladies with shag haircuts.

  3. Amy Hill says:

    I was just thinking how busy this first room is, and how much I really do like organized clutter.

    I used to really love Bewitched, another show from the 60’s. Samantha had a very nice house. Her dining room had early American style nailed down. And she had great hair, too.

  4. Max says:

    Isn’t it funny how many of the colors in these brochures are coming back into modern decoration? Not necessarily in some of these rather retinal-scarring combinations, but still.

    A few years ago I stayed in a modern hotel with valance boxes eerily similar to those in pic 3 (the green ones). Love the style, but knowing the vintage sort of dilutes the effect (of being modern and chic, that is).

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