Home décor in 1965 was, you might say, perfection – the high water mark in 20th century interiors. Why? It was the midpoint between the conservative style of the 1940s and 50s and the over-the-top styles of the late 1960s and 70s; striking a harmonious balance between the two. A perfect blend of subdued elegance with kitschy excess. If I could remodel my entire home with 1965 Mad Men flair, I’d do it in a minute.
So, here is a look at interiors from the apex of interior decoration, 1965….
Take note. No 1965 room is complete without the almighty ashtray.
Also, I began with this picture because it perfectly encapsulates the previous description of the 1965 room as being between the boring conservative era and the batshit crazy era of the late sixties and seventies. The room is as dull as can be… but there are hints of that kitschy shagadelic flair: the cool chairs, the groovy hanging lamps, and the tiles of color in the floor.
Once again, you try and “spot the ashtray”; a game that you play throughout this entire series.
Is there anything more mid-sixties than a bongo drum and a Belafonte record? I’m diggin’ it, baby.
I think this room could use a little more green.
I would be remiss to not mention that 1965 is the year of the circular bed. This bed was featured in a 1965 Playboy article and was used by Dean Martin in The Silencers – filmed in 1965, released in February 1966.
Again, they seem to have gotten a bit carried away with the color. As groovy as this pad looks, I don’t think it would take long before you were forever sick of blue.
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