1966 house part 2

1966 house project

WestAve14_dark brown

This is part 2 of the 1966 house project and the images above show the same two camera shots of the same house but this time with a different décor (and in a lower resolution).

Where modern decorating techniques are for light, pastel colours with plenty of pure white, the mid-century trend was for a much darker look. There was a feeling that painted surfaces and, for that matter as we will see later, all large interior surfaces should be ‘coloured’ rather than light or white.

The decoration idea above is adapted from a magazine handout called “At Home With Colour” which was intended to show modern decoration using Dulux, Vymura and WalFlair products and was circulated around this period. Dulux was (and is) paint while the other two were wallpapers.

Here the walls are in middle brown BS3045 (rgb:117 79 51) while the woodwork is jasmine BS4055 (rgb:240 218 94) and Breden green BS5064 (rgb:105 126 62). The porch, by contrast, is Reef red BS1022 (rgb:224 122 103).

The overall effect is dark, much darker than would be tolerated today but this is what a hallway of that period would have looked like.

1966 house part 1

1966 house part 1

The hallway in West Avenue is meant to resemble the hall of a typical semi-detached house in Britain as it would have looked in 1966. This year was the time when the changes that the 1960s are famous for were just beginning and people were just starting to experiment with new styles and colours.

This image is in two parts, the first photo – this one – is taken from the kitchen door and looking towards the front door and porch beyond. The second image is taken from the porch door looking back down the hall and I will post that image tomorrow. These images are low resolution, there is a high res image on my Flickr account and printable files are also available.

In this incarnation, the walls are honeydew, a popular paint colour at the time, while the skirting and woodwork are white along with marigold (another popular colour). Using white as a colour for paintwork was also rather innovative since there was a belief that paint should be a colour, even it was off-white, rather than pure white.