Happy Monday, Everyone! I thought I’d kick off the week with a look at a popular 1980s interior design trend, thanks to some amazing images from my favorite ’80s Tumblrs. Today’s highlighted trend: platform beds! Often seen in contemporary bedrooms, these clean-lined features created a super-stylish and serene focal point back in the day, often without pillows. Above we see a 1991 New York sleeping space, courtesy of Zonkout. Ready for a few more?
Next we have a Paris bedroom filled with navy tones. A simple platform bed in neutral shades is the perfect centerpiece. This image comes to us from the 1976 NYT Book of Interior Design and Decoration (from fab Tumblr decoratingwithhouseplants, originally found at drydockshop).
Retro platform beds were sometimes carpeted, seamlessly rising from the floor. Mary Gilliatt’s 1981 The Decorating Book is the source of the next image (via deargenekelly):
Bedding in striking patterns punctuated platform beds from time to time. Here’s another carpeted platform, courtesy of The Complete Book of Home Decorating by Barbara Mayer from 1994 (via drydockshop):
Can you tell I’m a big fan of drydockshop?! Seriously–this Tumblr is the most comprehensive source for ’70s and ’80s interior design images that I’ve come across. The triangle-motif bedding below looks like it could easily be from this season! This image is another drydockshop stunner, originally from 1975’s Inside Today’s Home by Ray and Sarah Faulkner:
Here’s one more image, this time without the platform! Sometimes all you need are a few cushions on the floor, and you’re set. Do you remember this green and white bedroom from our post showcasing diagonal stripes? Another great pic from The Decorating Book by Mary Gilliatt!
I don’t know about you, but this post has me taking another look at minimalist sleeping solutions. Perhaps I’ve been too eager to fill my bed with pillows. Not to mention, these photos prove that even if all you have is a mattress, you can still maximize its style potential. Until next time…