Home Décor Trends over the Past 50 Years: 1960s to Today

A Fun Look Back on Past Home Interior Styles and Trends

Here at Reliable Home Improvement we are proud to celebrate our 50th year of providing high-quality, professional home design, construction and renovation services. Every project is a challenge we accept with enthusiasm, and our team always strives to achieve complete customer satisfaction.

In honor of our 50th Anniversary we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the trends that shaped our business, and your homes, over the past 5 decades. Today we examine interior design trends, color schemes and other nuances, and how they evolved over the past 50 years.

The 1960’s: Popcorn Ceilings, Turquoise Appliances, No-Wax Flooring

Home interiors during the 1960s featured a number of interesting elements that remained a part of interior design landscape for years. Much of what marked home interiors during the 1960s was held over from the previous decade, while other trends were just making their appearance.

  • Popcorn Ceilings: Although made popular during the 50s, Popcorn Ceilings were the norm in homes.
  • Bold Walls: New color palettes for interior paint and accents included green, gold and yellow.
  • Bright Appliances: Coppertone and Turquoise were common colors for Kitchen appliances.
  • No-Wax Floors: No-Wax floors made its debut in the 1960s and was considered one of the first advancements in attempting to make home care a little easier

Homeowners during this decade looked for ways to make their homes warm and comfortable places as the country continued to enjoy a period of economic growth.

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House Trends Over the Past 50 Years: 1960s to the 2000s

Taking a Look at Home Architecture Styles & Trends from to the 1960s to the Present

1960s split level houseThe past 50 years of residential architecture and construction have been witness to a variety of trends, changes and improvements. It only makes sense since the nature of the family has changed, which would require change in the way one’s home is utilized. Let’s take a look back, decade by decade, to see how home design has evolved into what we see today.

The 1960s – Ranch Homes Still Very Much in Style

Continuing a trend from the 1950’s, most new homes built during this decade were of the single-floor, ranch style. However, as the years went by residential home building started to see some changes.

  • Different Levels: The split-level or multi-level home began to gain popularity. Homeowners realized that it was nice to have bedrooms on a different floor from where they lived their daily lives and entertained guest.
  • Residential Living for an Aging Population: It was during the 1960s the first residential development dedicated entirely for retirees was built. Homeowners of a certain age realized they didn’t need the big home in which they raised their family, and also enjoyed living in a community geared toward meeting the needs of their age group.

During the 1960’s the “nuclear family” was still very much a common trend, with family members living together until going away to college, getting a job and a place of their own or some other life milestone. Grandparents often lived in the family home as the concept of retirement communities only just started to gain popularity.

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Top 4 Benefits of Remodeling your Kitchen

Top Reasons for Remodeling a Kitchen
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At Reliable Home Improvement we know how important your home is to you. Having a home you’re comfortable in and proud to share with guests and enjoy being in is essential to your happiness and overall wellbeing.

Remodeling you home is one way to build your dream home, right where you are, without the hassle of moving or the upheaval of relocating. Here are just a few more reasons why remodeling your kitchen may be the right choice for you.

Make Space

Professional remodelers can look at the space you have available in your kitchen now and tell you how to make the most of it. By removing and relocating cabinets, knocking through partitions or walls, removing unnecessary closets, and moving appliances, your kitchen can grow substantially so you have more space to make the most of. This is also the perfect time to figure out just how much storage space you need. With the right amount of storage, you’ll find that keeping your kitchen organized and tidy is much easier.
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Planning a Home Addition: Answers to All of Your Top Questions

Room Addition Project Questions, Answers and Helpful Tips

chicago home additionsLet’s face it. It seem likes everyone could use a little more room in their home. An extra room is just what we need, right? Maybe so, but before you make the commitment to have an addition put on your home let us offer a few things for you to consider that will hopefully make your decision a little easier.

What kind of room addition does your house need?

Do you want more space for entertaining? Perhaps your growing family needs an extra bedroom or one more bathroom.  Maybe you want a new den for yourself or a TV room in which the whole family can gather for fun and relaxation. These are all valid reasons for building an addition on your home, and you really can’t go wrong as long as you are realistic about needs, costs and future use. The end result should be something you have been living without for too long.

How much will a room addition cost?

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Kitchen Remodeling Tips – Advice to Prepare for Your Remodeling Project

Kitchen Renovations are Great, Especially When They’re Finished!

Follow these tips to ensure all aspects of a kitchen remodeling project are given thorough consideration from start to finish.
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Previously, we discussed the important planning steps that go into preparing for such a kitchen remodeling project. Those include:

  • Considering level of use
  • Determining which appliances to include
  • Selecting a design
  • Budgeting for the project
  • Choosing a contractor

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Great Gift Ideas for Your Handyman

Christmas Gift Ideas for Handyman DadFor some people selecting the right gift to give during the holidays is frustrating and time consuming. We all want to give a gift that the recipient will love and enjoy using for years to come. When it comes to buying a gift for the handyman in your life the task can be a bit more complicated.

Below we offer a few simple gift ideas for your handyman that we hope will make shopping a little easier. You don’t have to break the bank to find a great gift for the handyman or woman in your life, and we think these great gift ideas will make a nice impression when opened.

  1. Work lamp – Extra light is important when your handyman is working on a project. A new work lamp may be just what he (or she) needs this gift-giving season. Check out some of the newer, LED models that are cool to the touch while still providing great illumination.

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