Learn a brief history of blinds
While I won't disclose my real age, it's fair to say that I've seen plenty of blinds trends come and go over the years! From pastel curtains of the 50s, to the popularity of vertical blinds in the 90s, it's always interesting to see what styles come and go, and which ones have stood the test of time.
It's made a resurgence over the years in the fashion world, but colour-blocking was once a hugely popular for thick drapes and curtains. The 50s were characterised by bright, bold colours, like pink, turquoise, mint green and even yellow. When it came to patterns, exotic foliage and even space age shapes were pretty popular at the time, as naff as it sounds!
Bright, neon colours and eye-catching patterns were all the rage during the 1960s, which I'm sure will come as a surprise to no one! Hippie culture was a huge influence at the time, which produced plenty of paisley patterns consisting of bright greens, yellows, oranges and bright reds.
Cultural trends like psychedelia and disco made their way into homes during the 1970s, with loud primary colours and expressive patterns dominating the scene. Everything from rugs to window dressings were vibrant and loud, with futuristic, metallic shades even making an appearance in curtain and drape fabrics.
The 80s and 90s
These decades took a turn away from the loud and crazy colours of the past years. Instead, soft, pretty pastel fabrics complete with ruffles and frills were the norm. Stripes and geometric patterns were also popular, in addition to the colour combo of blue and white. It was also during this era that blinds (particularly verticals) finally became more popular than curtains.
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