With the UK collectively recovering from a Jubilee hangover, it got us thinking about how fashions - and homes - have changed since Her Royal Highness became Queen back in 1952.
During the fifties the UK was finally beginning to recover after World War II. Industry boomed, people started to have money in their pockets again, and both the building and design of homes began to move away from traditional themes.
Most 1950s kitchens in family homes were smaller than what we’re used to today (palaces aside!) Seventy years ago, colourful units, Formica, chrome and lino flooring were the must-have kitchen looks.
The Living Room
The fifties were when people’s living rooms and lounges began to see televisions replace radios as the centrepiece of family entertainment. Pastels and bold shades were the order of the day when it came to décor and furnishings.
A recent boom in the demand for vintage furniture has seen many homes reintroduce pieces of furniture from this decade.
Bedrooms got a little comfier following the austerity of the post-war years. Wall-to-wall carpets started making an appearance, adding a touch of what was then seen as a luxurious, bordering on extravagant touch! Solid, built-to-last wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside cabinets were also mainstays.
Over recent years, there’s been a move towards minimalist bathrooms, with many shades of grey dominating modern designs. Back in the fifties, it was popular to ‘think pink’ as pastel colours became popular along with tiled countertops.
Our homes, and the way we live, have changed massively over the past 70 years, with the one constant being our long-serving, much-loved monarch.
Everyone at Dylan Davies hope that you had a great time celebrating the Platinum Jubilee, and didn’t over-indulge too much!
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Posted on: 9 June 2022