Love Mad Men and Pan Am? The swinging sixties voted most influential decade for interiors by ladies of a certain age...

It was the decade that brought us the mini skirt, bobbed hair and yes, the shag pile rug - our love affair with the 1960s looks set to continue as research by online retailer Isme reveals it's the most iconic decade yet when it comes to interiors

The 1960s is the most influential decade for interiors for women aged 50-plus, according to research conducted by online retailer

Pop art, shag pile rugs, moulded plastic chairs and feature walls are some of the design hits that are still popular today.

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And we agree. After watching a few episodes of Mad Men, who wouldn't want a bit of mid-century modern in their life? Design classics such as easy chairs, sleek sideboards and colourful Marimekko textiles all capture the experimental mood of the 1960s.

‘The swinging sixties was a time for change in home design and the beginning of the boom in DIY,' says Kevin Parkin, Head of Design for homeware at ‘It's easy to get the look today - opt for an open-plan style and try a few accents to bring the look together.'

Research from Isme showed that women have not been afraid to try bold decorating schemes, spurred on by popular TV shows such as Changing Rooms in the nineties - and will spend a whopping £158K on decorating in their lifetime.


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Addicted to decorating? Well 21% of women admit to decorating every one-to-two years, and it's the living room that gets the most love and attention, receiving five makeovers at an average cost of £686.71 each time.

However, while bold may be beautiful, the 1970s is still deemed the decade that taste forgot. Design ‘misses' include psychedelic wallpaper (45%), coloured bathroom suites (39%) and Anaglypta wallpaper (26%). Besides, have you ever tried removing Anaglypta?

And despite our experimental decorating schemes and numerous makeovers, 70% of us will return to the nation's favourite paint colour - yes, you've guessed it - Magnolia.

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