It’s hard to believe the 1950s were over 60 years ago. The postwar period was the era my parents grew up. This is a fun collection of vintage 1950s living room interiors. While each example below differs, they are all living room ideas from that iconic decade.
1. Whimsical and Colorful Vintage Living Room with Red and Yellow Hues
This playful living room looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. The soft, rounded edges on the furniture help make the space feel more inviting. While the space primarily uses the colors red and yellow, it combines brighter tones with pastels, making the vintage living room design more interesting. Charming vintage decor items, like floral throw pillows, are the perfect finishing touch.
2. Retro-Style Living Room with Peachy Pink Walls
One of the most interesting features in this living room is the vintage-inspired TV, which has built-in shelving for extra storage space. It’s filled with colorful mid-century modern furniture, like a peach armchair and a bright teal sofa. The peach and yellow throw pillows have a unique shape that gives the room personality. This living room also has plenty of greenery, including a long line of plants lining the windowsill.
3. Cozy Living Room with Painted Ceiling
It’s easy to imagine yourself curling up with a book in this inviting living room! The deep teal sofa and armchair pair beautifully with the floral floor pillow and curtains. While the hardwood floors feel timeless, the painted ceiling and molding give the space some visual flair. Thanks to the gallery-style artwork display, the cream walls are anything but dull.
4. Wallpapered Living Room with Fireplace and Built-In Library
If you’re an avid reader, you’ll love the built-in bookshelves in this living room. You could read a book by the fire or shut the door to the library and read in peace! Not only is this room filled with appealing features, but it’s beautifully decorated, with bluish-gray walls and pink floral wallpaper. Thanks to the retro TV, this space looks like it belongs in a 1950s magazine!
5. Eclectic Living Room with Window Treatments and Border
The TV cabinet is the vintage element that provides a focal point for this unusual living room. Not only does it contain a large TV, but it also has a tiny fireplace! While there’s no sofa visible in this picture, there are two comfortable-looking teal armchairs. With a combination of transparent and opaque window treatments, you could let in plenty of natural light while enjoying this space.
6. Traditional Living Room with Rustic Floors and Fireplace
There’s a lot to like about this living room, especially if you’re a fan of traditional home decor and vintage pieces. The interior design has a great mix of colors and patterns, including a sleek white border around the fireplace, floral curtains, and a small patch of wallpaper. While the wood floors give the space a rustic vibe, the printed rug makes the room look cozier.
7. Retro-Style Living Room with Modern Amenities
This room is a perfect blend of the past and present. While the mid-century modern furniture is vintage style straight out of the 1950s, the interior design also has contemporary details, like a flat-screen TV. The floral curtains and border are a near-perfect match and are a beautiful complement to the bright teal walls. It looks like a fantastic spot for watching movies or catching up with old friends.
8. Bright Colors, Bold Patterns, and Vintage-Style Furnishings
Walking into this living room might make you think you’ve traveled back in time. It’s definitely a blast from the past, with starburst wall decor, patterned curtains, and an unusual rug. The vintage interior design is filled with color, ranging from round yellow throw pillows to peach and teal walls. Even the shelves have bold pops of color!
9. Homey and Colorful Living Room with Piles of Throw Pillows
This living room might not appeal to fans of minimal design, but it has an inviting vintage look. While the plush furniture already looks very comfortable, the space is also filled with solid and patterned pillows! Books, mugs, and other decor items help make the space feel lived in. The floral curtains and lampshade are a great complement to the rest of the space.
10. A Teal Living Room Made for Flower-Lovers
With teal walls and furniture, all the teal in this room could feel overwhelming. However, the adorable floral sofa and rug break up the solid colors and add vintage charm to the space. Pink accents, like the lamp, curtains, and throw pillows, help add warmth to the space. It would be great to sit down on the couch and enjoy a piece of fresh fruit!
11. Bright Monochromatic Living Room with an Incredible Retro Television
This is another living room that’s filled with the color teal. Not only does the space have teal walls and furniture, but it also has an amazing teal television that looks like it came from a vintage shop. There are also pops of yellow in the space, along with pink-hued artwork on the walls. You can find all of those colors in the floral curtains!
12. Pink and Green Living Room with Lots of Florals
I’ve always loved the combination of pink and green, and this space is a terrific example of why those colors work together so beautifully. There’s a nice mix of both colors here, including peachy pinks and blue-green hues. The living space also uses flowers in interesting ways. In addition to the sections of floral wallpaper, there are two vases filled with fresh flowers.
13. Monochromatic Living Room with Black and White TV
Who needs a color television? While this living room may have a black-and-white TV, the space isn’t lacking in color. The bright walls and vintage furniture contrast beautifully with the white brick fireplace. These walls are decorated with decor items like starbursts and a mid-century mirror, a nice break from all the solid colors.
14. Bright and Lively Living Room with Carpeted Floors and Rounded Archways
Yellow is a cheerful color, and there’s no lack of it in this living room filled with vintage charm. It’s hard not to love the variety of plant life here, which includes a vase of yellow flowers and a cactus! The carpeted floors look plush, and the round area rug makes the space feel even cozier. It’s a nice complement to the rounded archways throughout the room.
15. Squares and Rectangles Give This Living Room Geometric Flair
If you like geometric shapes, you might fall in love with this living room at first sight! You’ll find well-defined shapes everywhere you look, from the floors to the walls. There’s also a great mix of colors here, including an orangey-red sofa and soft yellow walls. The built-in shelving has plenty of space for books, candles, and other items.
16. Whimsical Living Room with Hardwood Floors and a Gallery Wall
While this living room is filled with various shades of red, there are also pops of other colors, like bright yellow! The focal point of this vintage design is the gallery wall, which is right behind the mid-century modern sofa. I love the combination of wallpaper and solid walls throughout the room.
17. Pink, Yellow, and Red Living Room with Geometric Rug
Patterned rugs look great on hardwood flooring, and the colorful geometric rug in this space is an excellent example of that. While the walls in this room are a soft shade of pink, the sofa has a brighter orange-red hue. It looks fantastic alongside the yellow curtains and armchair. Vintage accessories such as artwork, plants, and throw pillows ensure that this space feels anything but boring.
18. Teal and Pink Living Room with Built-In Shelving
When a room has ample storage space, it’s easy to avoid clutter. Since this room has built-in shelves, drawers, and cabinets, there should be ample room for anything you might want to store. While the built-ins are definitely a highlight, the large window and bright colors also do a lot to enhance this living room. I just wish I had a better view of the brick fireplace!
19. Living Room with Floral Wallpaper and Built-In Retro TV
It isn’t always easy to find vintage-inspired furniture, but you don’t have to go furniture hunting with a living room like this. There’s a TV built into the teal-colored walls. This room has a nice mix of patterns, ranging from the subtle detailing on the curtains to the bolder floral wallpaper that covers sections of the wall. The dining area in the corner makes this space feel multifunctional.
20. Pink Carpeted Living Room with Floral Armchair and Wallpaper
Hardwood floors always look fantastic, but carpeting has a cozy feel that’s perfect for a living room space. The pink carpets here contrast nicely with the other colors in the room, like the teal walls and yellow and blue floral wallpaper. While the sofa is also pink, the shade differs slightly from the one on the floors. The yellow floral armchair really brings the space together.
21. Elegant Retro Living Room with Fireplace and Built-In Bookshelf
Some 50s-inspired living rooms look quirky, but this space has a timeless elegance. While there’s no shortage of color here, the paler shades of pink help soften the space. The rounded built-in bookshelf is a beautiful feature that would elevate any room. It would be lovely to read a book in front of the white-brick fireplace.
22. Teal Living Room with Old-Fashioned Radio and Floral Accents
Families enjoyed watching TV in the 1950s, but they also liked to listen to their favorite radio programs. You can recapture that feeling in this living room, which features an incredible radio. The teal-colored sofa looks sleek, but the floral throw pillow and window treatment softens it. Thanks to the landscape artwork on the wall, this room really feels homey!
23. Floral Carpeted Living Room with Oversized Plants
Greenery can enhance any room, and plants are a major feature in this living room space. Not only is there a floral pattern on the carpeting, but there are real plants throughout the room. I love the way one plant towers over an armchair! The yellow window treatment is a lovely complement to the patterned wallpaper.
24. Traditional Living Room with Hardwood Floors and Wood Paneled
While wood panels can make a room feel dated, the mix of brown and teal makes the panels in this space a lot more appealing. The brown paint is a great match for the hardwood floors, which are covered by a large and elegant area rug. Even though the teal loveseat is on the smaller side, the classic rocking chair is there for extra seating.
25. Sleek Living Room with Hardwood Floors and Fireplace
This room takes inspiration from the 1950s, but the hardwood floors look brand-new. There are other modern features in the space as well, like the flat-screen TV. I love how the deep green sofa contrasts with the bright yellow accent chairs. The white crown molding highlights these colors even more!
26. Yellow and Green Living Room with Built-In Shelving
This living room example also has some contemporary furnishings, such as hardwood flooring and a flat-screen TV. Vintage elements include yellow wingback chairs surrounding a circular wooden coffee table set on an area rug in front of the fireplace. The television is mounted on a cabinet positioned in the corner under bookshelves.