Popular Shapes and Colors Used in 1950s Atomic Space Age Design

Popular Shapes and Colors Used in 1950s Atomic Space Age Design

The 1950s was a decade of great change, both in terms of technology and design. With the dawn of the atomic age and the space race, the world was looking towards the future with optimistic excitement. Though it debuted in 1962, the cartoon tv show “The Jetsons,” did a wonderful job of capturing the atomic age and especially American futurism. Atomic age design elements helped to bring innovative and futuristic design to the masses, during the post World War 2 era.


One of the key elements of atomic space age design in the 1950s was the use of geometric shapes and patterns. Designers were inspired by the shapes and forms found in nature and technology, and they incorporated these into their designs. Circles, spheres, and other rounded shapes were used to represent the atomic age and specific examples showing boomerangs and rounded shapes are illustrated below.

Rounded shapes found in atomic space age design | lovevisionkarma.com

 {Rounded Shapes | lovevisionkarma.com}


On the opposite end of the spectrum, sharp angles and lines were used to reflect the cutting-edge technology of the time and examples of such are illustrated below.

Sharp angles and lines found in atomic age design | lovevisionkarma.com

{Sharp Angles and Lines | lovevisionkarma.com}

Another important element of atomic space age design was the availability and use of new materials and technologies. With the advent of new materials such as plastics, designers were able to create new forms and shapes that were previously impossible. This allowed them to not only create designs that were futuristic and otherworldly, but also bring them to life!


Color was also an important aspect of atomic space age design. During the 1950s, designers began to experiment with new ways of using color, such as bold, bright, and contrasting hues. Popular colors of the 1950s included pastel shades such as pink, blue, and yellow, as well as bolder shades like red, orange, and turquoise. These colors were often used in combination, creating a striking and vibrant visual effect. Compared to the more subdued and muted colors of the past, these newer color palettes conveyed the energy and optimism that was associated with this time. 

Another popular color trend of the 1950s was the use of monochromatic color schemes. This involves using different shades of the same color to create a cohesive and harmonious look. This trend was particularly popular in interior design, where designers used monochromatic color schemes to create a sense of calm and tranquility.

 Living room in hues of blue to demonstrate the use of monochromatic color

{Monochromatic Blue Color Scheme | lovevisionkarma.com}

In addition to these popular color trends, the 1950s also saw the emergence of new colors and shades that were created using new materials and technologies. For example, the development of new types of plastic allowed designers to create furniture and home decor items in a wide range of colors that were not previously possible.


The 1950s was a decade of experimentation and innovation when it came to color, and it continues to be remembered for its bold and striking use of color in design.

At love.vision.karma we continue to pay homage to this trailblazing era with our 1950's inspired home decor.


Retro 50's Atomic Starburst Mint Green Accent Rug

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Retro 60s 70s Mid Century Geo Onion Blue & Orange Throw Pillow

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Retro 50's Mid Century Atomic Boomerang Blue and Cream Glass Cutting Board

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