Postmodern interior design is a style that was popularized during the 1970s and 1980s. Perhaps the biggest single challenge in choosing postmodern interior design colors is making the distinction between the genuinely postmodern and the merely “after modern.” Postmodern interior design recognizes the values of history, historic details, and local and regional historic contexts, and rejects the belief that modern design could provide a solution to all environments and design challenges. In the true sense of the postmodern, its colors, patterns, strategies and beliefs are drawn not from the time period of the postwar, but from the artistic and design rejections of the stark minimalism of postwar European design and the influences modernism had on design thinking.
Postmodern interior design colors are usually painted in pale pastels, allowing the furnishings to create the whimsy in color and fabrication. Wood paneling adorns many postmodern settings and accounts for one of the color choices. Set your color theme by building around furnishings you already have. A pale pink wall picks up the tint found in rosewood paneling. Brown leather and velvet seating comes to life when accessorized in red-orange, and turquoise glass art on a glass and chrome cocktail table completes your color theme.