American 1950s style bedroom ideas…

Think classic Hollywood or American diner décor and your instantly transported back to mid- century trans- Atlantic style; an optimistic post war era of enduring appeal, where rock and roll, poodle skirts and the golden age of movie stars were the defining influences of the era. In modern-day homes and bedroom schemes the style remains timelessly relevant and upbeat. After all, we love anything with a retro vibe right now, so why confine our chrome accents and 1950s styling to the kitchen or bathroom, when a touch of Hollywood glamour or an appealing Disney theme can transform a humdrum master bedroom or a daughter’s bedroom to something that has true wow factor. Use classic memorabilia, mid-century artwork and posters, splashes of chrome, and inspired use of fabrics and colour to evoke the vintage American mood…

For an enticing romantic touch a classic Hollywood 50s bedroom exudes elegance and memories of well-loved and golden screen movie stars as inspiration for Art Deco room style or a simpler makeover with just a few accent colours and some rich fabrics. If you fancy a specific theme consider choosing a favourite star such as Marilyn Monroe to inspire your artwork or photo accents, or you might look at a more generic style with several movie stars or none at all in mind. Paint one accent wall a deep burgundy or forest green, leaving the other walls a neutral shade as the perfect backdrop for interesting furnishings and fabrics. Allow the accent wall to become the background for a glamorous metal bedstead or a fabulous piano black lacquered wooden bed flanked by matching bedside tables. Set a pair of vintage table lamps with dark fabric shades on the bedsides and continue the theme with rich window dressings in a similar colour or material. Dark wood or highly polished furniture will never fail to evoke the Hollywood mood. Consider too sophisticated chrome bed and chrome furniture designs or furniture that incorporates accents of chrome, or classic “bull-nose” furniture styling that was popular through the 50s. Canopy beds or a regal four poster bed design might also be at home here complete with an animal stripe bedthrow or runner for extra Art Deco pizazz.  Don’t forget also to include at least one over-sized gilt framed wall mirroron an accent wall or above the bed, with a mirror finished dresser or vanity unit which seem to be all the rage right now.

Disney themes never date, and for a touch of nostalgia that should appeal to all family members, capture the essence of old-fashioned Disney with some of your favourite characters from this era for a unique child’s or young teenagers bedroom. Use a cheerful colour for the walls such as light yellow, robins-egg blue or a dusty pink to strike a fun chord, and install shelves to showcase some Disney antiques or characters. You might like to build the room theme around just one character such as Mickey Mouse or decorate and accessorise with several in mind. This style of room is particularly appealing as it is oblivious to the vagaries of fad and fashion. A simple pretty “little princess” metal bedstead will create an enchanting room focal point here that is nicely in keeping with the vintage Disney theme, or a natural wood and white painted wooden bed design for an equally appealing sleep-time solution that will harmonise with future décor styles whenever it’s time for a room-style change.

An American 1950s diner style bedroom theme might seem like something of an anomaly, and yet there is much to be enjoyed about a bedroom design that mimics in part some of the elements that we associate with the definitive roadhouse diner style. It’s a theme that might make the basis for a fun teenager’s bedroom, with a reproduction miniature jukebox, or framed jukebox artwork and other diner-themed memorabilia such as ice cream shakes or a classic glitzy diner scene. Incorporate antiques and memorabilia that evoke the “Fonzie” mood such as an old vintage ice cream machine or a chromed stool or chair. A mid-century modern metal bed is sure to make a bold and authentic statement here to play up the diner theme. Look out for simple low-rise contemporary styles in silver finishes or a mirror-finish chrome bed design for the ultimate style statement. Diners often featured black and white checkerboard floors although this is probably not a practical solution for the bedroom. Instead, replicate the pattern in the form of a black and white patterned bedside rug or a duvet in a checkerboard design, with red trim for a splash of colour. This back/white/red combo was diner style to a tee, which together with those nostalgic accents and collectables, is guaranteed to effortlessly set back the clocksto that classic vibrant American era…

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