It’s official, 1970s styles are in, again. Shag pile rugs, geometric shapes, floral patterns, and vibrant colours, including copious amounts of orange, were all design features of the decade, and although many view the 70s as the decade style forgot, there is much from the period that is worth reviving. If you’re still in doubt, then take a look at these gorgeous examples of 1970s interiors done well.
The Complete 1970s Package
With bold patterns, a shag pile rug, 70s style furniture and accessories, and of course the ubiquitous orange, this space is every inch the 1970s living room. If the full 1970s experience isn’t for you, though, pick just one or two pieces or decorating options that are characteristic of the decade instead.
Free to be Frivolous
The decor of the 1970s had an element of fun and frivolity to it – it was a design style that never took itself too seriously. Nowadays, we’re encouraged to exercise restraint when it comes to our decor choices, but adding some bold and colourful 70s-inspired decor to your home will help prevent it from falling into blandness.
This 1970s-style living room has more of relaxed, hippie vibe to it. The brighter tones we associate with the decade are largely absent in this space, which favours warm earthy tones and a more organic feel instead. The boldly patterned carpet, however, is a nod to the interior design traditions of the 70s.
A Bit of Balance
The interior above incorporates the bold patterns and bright colours of the 1970s, yet still manages to retain a light on airy feel. You might think that 70s decor would overwhelm a space, but you can integrate this design style into your home without going overboard. Here, the strong decor is paired with the stripped back wall and floor, giving the room balance.
Toned Down Wallpaper
Geometric wallpaper was all the rage in the 1970s, and the bolder the better. Such loud decor is a bit of a step too far for those of us with 21st century interior design sensibilities, though. The wallpaper in this interior offers the best of both worlds – it boasts a striking design, without the all too familiar garishness we’ve come to associate with the 70s.
In this 70s-style dinning room you’ve got the requisite orange as well as a few more splashes of colour to finish off the look. It’s a wonderfully complete 1970s scene, yet the plain white walls and simple flooring remind you that it is in fact pure retro in its design. Invite your friends round and be sure to serve them prawn cocktail for an authentic 1970s experience!