Pop Design Is Poppin’!

If you are over mid-century modern and industrial design leaves you cold, opt for pop!

Pop design has its roots in the the ’60s, which were a time of enormous change and everything became more dynamic, graphic, and colorful.  

In 1964 the first discotheque opened in L.A. and the high-tech metallic and mirrored look of the discos influenced home and office interior design. 

Colors Were Bright and Intense 

Colorful art on wall

Vibrant hues were very popular and could be found on everything from clothes to home décor and even cars.

Psychedelic neon colors played off each other, and upbeat shades such as fuchsia pink and tangerine orange were placed side-by-side.

Bright and metallic vinyl wallpapers covered walls, and contrasts in black-and-white were also popular.

The desired effect was to create maximum impact for a striking, provocative look. 


New technologies allowed designers to create chairs, tables, and more from molded plastic that was formed into unusual organic or space-age shapes. Closed dark rooms gave way to open shelving in the Danish style, often used as room separators.

And bright, colorful textured throw rugs and shag carpeting were in vogue.  

Décor Accessories 

Modern art with geometric shapes, vibrant colors, psychedelic prints and optic art decorated homes. Stylized Siamese cats, mushrooms, daisies, and owls appeared in wallpaper patterns and fabrics.

Instead of fine art and art prints, movie and concert posters and vintage ads became an accepted, inexpensive way to decorate. Lighting was exciting with lava lamps and fiber optics.
Would you like the pop look without looking outdated? Here are some tips that will help you incorporate pop design into your home.

Primary Colors 

Britain's flag sofa

Pop décor incorporated some wild color combos, such as vibrant purple and neon green. You can go retro yet play it safe with red, blue, yellow, and white. 

  • A white dining table with red, yellow, and blue chairs.
  • A lipstick-red sofa with a white shag rug.
  • A monochromatic kitchen with colorful accessories and accents.  

Pop Prints 

Vinyl record floors

From Andy Warhol’s Tomato Soup Can to Roy Lichenstein’s tongue-in-cheek comic strip frames, display posters and prints in a gallery wall create a pop vibe. 


Pop art design room

Peace signs, wide-eyed owls, metallic figurines are all hallmarks of pop décor. Don’t forget metal sunbursts and kit-kat clocks!

Luckily, you don’t have to scour vintage stores and thrift shops to find your pop pieces. It’s easy to find bright and colorful pieces on NicheCanvas that will add a pop to every room in your home.