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The Complete Guide to 1970s Home Design


Perhaps you still consider the 1970s to be the most amazing period in your life thus far and want to recreate the seventies aesthetic in your own home? Instead, maybe you were simply not around in the 1970s but have fallen in love with the bell-bottom-wielding images and love disco more than any other kind of music, and want to experience the 1970s through your home décor. Either way, you have definitely clicked on the right article because here is the complete guide to 1970s home design. 

Crochet, Macrame & Fringing 

Firstly, from now on, if you are considering buying an item of home decor or a throw, cushion, or other soft furnishing, if it shows no sign of crochet or macrame and no whisper of a fringe, then it simply is not fit for your new 1970s themed décor. 

All three finishing styles were present on every fabric, textile, and cushion in the 1970s. The beauty is that there has recently been a surge in designer and high-street stores producing such products, even local businesses who handmake items have been working hard on the resurging trend. 

Statement Sofas 

Another key element of a living room based around the fun and carefree nature of seventies design is that of a statement sofa.

Beautifully designed, popping with bright and bold colors and a true focal point for the space, the iconic Togo couch from esteemed designers is the perfect 1970s-inspired addition. 

Woven Rattan & Wicker Tables & Chairs 

The weaving technique producing stunning rattan tables and chairs originates from the Ancient Greeks & Egyptians. In the late 1960s and 1970s, rattan and wicker furniture experienced a huge surge in popularity. 

Today, even spaces with no hint of a 1970s design muse still proudly display such beautiful and always slightly different furniture styles, so you would be crazy not to treat yourself to a few textured, fun, retro, modern chairs and even a matching table too. 

Texture, Texture, Texture!

Next, the epitome of a 1970s-style bedroom or study is essentially the more layers of contrasting textures, the better, especially with the use of tactile materials. 

Comfortable, casual, and creative fabrics such as shag carpeting, boucle fabric, and macramé are just three key materials that combine beautifully to create an explosion of chilled-out seventies vibes. 

Make sure that the colors of the various soft furnishings you choose are on the warmer side, such as burnt orange, mustard yellow and bright citrine, to inject some seventies' energy into proceedings. 

Fabulously Retro Lighting

Styles of lighting and types of light fixtures are so incredibly important in any interior design project. Still, for those wanting to recreate the relaxing yet fun feel of the 1970s, a simple swap out of your current lampshades will make such a difference. 

Think grand light shades with geometric patterns in bold colors, mushroom lamps with a notably domed shape, and glossy fringes to both the shades and the lights themselves to complete your seventies-inspired haven.


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