How to Decorate in a '50s Pinup Theme


The Pinup model has been a popular part of American history since the start of the 20th century. Typically depicted in photographs, these images of iconic females were meant to hang on the wall, poster style. One of the earliest pinup models was Betty Grable whose image delighted young soldiers during World War II. Popular pinup models during the 1950s included Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Bettie Page. Despite the fact that these women have died, their memories live on. Decorating with a '50s pinup theme is one way to celebrate the images. You may wish to display a variety of images or you may choose to stick to one pinup model, such as Marilyn Monroe. To further bring out the '50s pinup theme, add some retro items.


  • Buy posters of '50s pinup models. Choose photographs of 1950s pinups, in color or black and white, or choose drawings by noted pinup artists such as Alberto Vargas. Another poster idea is to choose a movie poster. For example, a movie poster of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell is an example. Frame the posters to complete the look.

  • Select sheets and bedspreads with a 1950s pinup design. For example, you may find a bedspread and sheets with images of Bettie Page. Page represented wild and frisky. Consider black and red as complimentary colors for your Page design. Look for a Bettie Page lamp, or choose a few retro items such as a black 1950s Felix the Cat clock, original or reproduction.

  • Purchase a shower curtain depicting your favorite 195s pinup. If your budget allows, create other 1950s touches in your bathroom. Choose black or pink tile for the walls, popular choices for the 1950s. A plain white pedestal or wall mounted sink, with a simple mirror above it, is also in keeping with the '50s theme.

  • Choose 1950s pinup design glasses, plates and dish towels for your kitchen. Complete the look with other '50s touches, such as a 1950s bread box or flour and sugar canisters. Hang simple kitchen curtains on the windows, typical for the '50's, instead of modern blinds.

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