The Functional Fifties
Post-war homes we redecorated with Fornica, chrome furniture, modern applicances and colorful pastel paints. The typical home had two bedrooms, and siblings often shared a room. Foam rubber was the newstest thing in mattress comfort, while a new style of couple sleeping in ‘twin-size’ beds- made popular by TV couples like Lucy and Desi- was a hit in the bedroom.
Bedrooms become stages for self-expression as America headed toward the psychedelic era. Do-it-yourself designers began using colorful posters and memorabilia to transform walls into personal art. Blow-up furniture, bean-bag chairs and open-plan design also brought a ‘groovy’ feel to the bedroom. Bigger beds and waterbeds became part of the free-love culture.
The Scintillating Seventies
Unlike the “do-it-yourself” attitude of the ‘60s. in the ‘70s, glitz became glam and the bigger became better when it came to home decorating. The decade brought a focused attention to bedroom design and with bold, earthy colors, wood-grain paneling and wallpaper dominating the decor. As bedrooms became larger, queen and king became the preferred bed sizes for more and more couples.
The Extreme Eighties
The term “McMansion” first appeard in the ‘80s to describe the extreme size of new homes. Bedrooms increase in both size and number, accomodating larger furniture and electronics. Interior decor became more stylized, with geometric patterns and bold, electric accents of hot pink and teal. Retreatin to a spacious bedroom and a queen- sized bed to watch late TV became one of America’s favorite ways to relax.
The New-Age Nineties
By now, more that 85 percent of new homes were being built with three or more bedroms. With more available space, bedrooms became even more multifunctional and personalized. In 1991, the queen-size mattresss surpassed the traditional full-size as the most popular sleeping choice for American couples. Luxury mattresses began to hit mainstreem popularity with the now- fashionable ‘pillow-top’ feature.
21st Century: Sleep Sanctuary
Home size has doubled since 1970, and homeowners are taking advantage of extra space by transforming the bedroom into a center for personal retreat, relaxation and rejuvination. Calming colors and textures are taking over, crating a spa-like atmosphere. The added sleeping space of the queen - and king-size mattresses contiunues to win new fans. Intriguning new technologies, such as ‘memory foam’ and adjustable airbeds, are peaking consumer interest in exploring the many luxury mattress choices now available. More than ever, the bedroom has become a personal ‘sleep sancutary”.
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