Remember wood paneling and Macramé pot-plant holders? Palm-print wallpaper and shag carpet? Believe it or not, seventies style is back. But fear not – with a little tweak here and there to this unforgettable era’s furniture and homewares, you can enjoy a trip back in time in a new and super stylish way. You’ll be seeing yellow and brown in a whole new light!
Bright, Bold and Beautiful!
Back in the seventies, prints were bright, bold and daring. Homemakers were not afraid to mix colours unconventionally such as purple and yellow, yellow and brown and pink and green. This was a time when anything was possible in interior design and colour palettes were stretched to the limit. Perhaps we are not quite as experimental with our choices now, but a great way to inject a bit of seventies daring into a room is with some groovy wallpaper or a fabulous, bright print.
Quintessentially seventies, floor furnishings were the most tactile they have ever been. The Shag rug was a big feature of many living rooms and gave the house a luxurious and comfortable quality. Woven rugs and sheepskin also featured alongside other touchy-feely fabrics for cushions and drapes. A stunning weave was also often mounted to walls so the craftsmanship could be admired. So get out those old crochet rugs and other handmade textiles and see if you can weave some magic and transform them into cool seventies décor.
Craft was also huge in the seventies and projects such as macramé and string art were a great way to learn some crafty skills and use them to decorate your walls. Macramé has made a huge comeback and there are many variations on the seventies macramé pot plant holder that look fabulous in a modern home. A contemporary twist on string art can also be perfect for today’s interior giving a room a bold and graphic focus that is simple and attractive.
Back to the Future
If you thought the sixties was the era for futuristic furniture, think again. The seventies took furniture to a whole new dimension. With plastic very much an everyday material, furniture developed some sleek contours and crazy, space-like designs in bright, eye-popping colours. This new style perfectly complemented the bold patterns and prints of the soft furnishings. Swivel bases were very popular as were chairs suspended from the ceiling – indoors and outdoors - for an ultimate lounging experience.
Get the look…
• The seventies was a time to take risks with colour and pattern and make a bold statement.
• Bring back the Shag! A shag rug is a must to capture the look and feel of seventies décor.
• Craft was also huge in the seventies – string art and macramé adorned many rooms and handmade textiles were often displayed as works of art.
• Furniture reached a whole new level of futuristic. Plastic was huge and colours were bright and bold just like many of the soft furnishings in the home.
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