February 01, 2013 04:00 ET

1960s: The Iconic Deco Decade

- shag pile and pop art voted the best in interior design -

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2013) - The 1960s has been unveiled as the most influential decade for British homes according to women aged 50+ who have seen and decorated it all, spending a fortune in the process. Thanks to Artex and Anaglypta, the 1970s has been voted the worst.

The research from online retailer, showed that despite a penchant for 60s style, 50+ women have not been afraid to trial bold looks over the years, spending a whopping £158,613.46 on decorating in their lifetime. 21% admit to decorating every one to two years and 3% decorate more than once a year. The living room is the most decorated room in the house receiving five makeovers in a lifetime and costing an average of £686.71 each time. The kitchen receives the least revamps, but it costs £726.40 for each of its four makeovers.

Interior design hits throughout the decades included strong influences from the 1960s with shag pile rugs, moulded plastic furniture and pop art still en vogue today, whilst design misses include psychedelic wallpaper (45%) and coloured bathroom suites (39%), even though they've made an appearance in 60% of British bathrooms.

Popular 90s TV show 'Changing Rooms' resulted in an abundance of feature walls (40%) and painted floor boards (10%) in our homes, while the glamour and opulence of Dallas and Dynasty influenced homes of the 80s with 40% admitting to taking style tips from the shows.

Whilst, on a whole, Britons are adventurous with their home style, the research reveals that 'boring' magnolia paint remains the nation's most ubiquitous paint colour with over 70% of those polled admitting to having the neutral shade in their home.

1. Shag pile rugs (22%)
2. Moulded plastic chairs (13%)
3. Pop art (12%)
4. Painted floor boards (10%)
5. Feature walls (10%)
1. Psychedelic wallpaper (45%)
2. Coloured bathroom suites (39%)
3. Artex ceilings (36%)
4. Novelty art (34%)
5. Anaglypta wallpaper (26%)

Kevin Parkin, Head of Design for homeware at said: "The swinging 60s was a time for change especially for fashion and home design and, of course, it was the beginning of the boom in DIY. Many elements from the 60s are still relevant today and with recent TV shows such as Mad Men and Pan Am it makes sense that 50+ women are looking back fondly on the interior design of their childhood homes. It's easy to get the 60s look today; opt for an open-plan style and try a few accents to bring the look together":

1. Shag pile rug - the bigger the better. And why not opt for a bright colour, nailing two 60s trends in one

2. Space age furniture. Try plastic or egg shaped chairs

3. While lava lamps may be best forgotten, a modern twist on the classic paper lampshade will look chic in today's homes

4. Give Pop Art a new lease of life, by using it to display your grandchildren's handprints. Try the Baby Art Print Paintings, £20 to create your own personalised pop art.

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