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Make your Contemporary Dining Room look more 1950/60s

I've been reading the 'Fifties House' Book by House & Garden which looks at post war home design, and have been inspired to move my furniture about to create a more 50s look in my dining room. Something I noticed in the vintage rooms was that they had block shaped sideboards, often putting them side by side to create a minimal look for storage and display (see bottom pictures).  I have two minimal John Lewis sideboards which I had in different parts of my lounge diner, they were really annoying me with the 'contemporariness', however by standing them together under the window, I think they've given the room a much more 50s look and also made the space look wider.

I now have a long clean run to put my vintage ornaments and glassware on display which makes the room look less cluttered.  If you have a sideboard or side table, why not try putting the pieces together like this?



Another change I had previously made was with the dining room furniture. The table is a simple modern one from MFI before it closed down. This came with tall leather clunky chairs (all very 1990/2000s)....I gave these away and instead invested in some simple 1960s kitchen chairs which matched the table colour much better and made the room look much larger as they do not dominate.

Without spending too much money, these small alterations have given me the look I would like.  I've then added vintage tableware from my online vintage shop yay retro! , this includes 1960s table mats and cookware, 1950s glassware and knives, along with some vintage fabric napkins. If you would like to take a look at all the lovely vintage wares on sale at yay retro! to give your home some vintage pzazz, click here.
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