Interior Design Styles: Bring Back the ’70s!

Get into the groove, the ’70s are back! As far as interior design styles of the past, no one thought this decade would come back. But, here we are, halfway through 2017 and begging for big patterns, bold colours and quirky materials.

Over the years we’ve seen revivals of all sorts of fashion styles. The ’80s had a prominent kick-back and now if you head to the ‘cool places around London’ you’ll only see bowl cuts, ‘vintage’ sports clothing and middle partings – the ’90s finest.

Society has always been obsessed with ‘vintage’. Reclaiming the past isn’t innovative and has been a long-standing tradition; it’s no lie that fashion (and interior design as part of that) runs in circles. Everything comes back around in time, it’s just sad that most of us can remember it from the first cycle…

70s interior design styles from Pinterest

We’re particularly excited by the revival of the ’70s because unlike the ’80s and ’90s, which revolved heavily around personal fashion, the ’70s took a prominent interest in interior design.

So, without further ado, we’re going to talk you through key features of ’70s interior design and how you can add a little disco to your digs (sorry).

The ’70s Interior Design Styles:

When asked, regardless of age, everyone can describe what categorises a ’70s theme; busy patterns, bold (and brave) colour use, “leggy” and circular furniture, and of course – the love of yellow, orange and brown colour palettes.

The ’70s was an explosion of creativity. Thanks to acceleration in society, people found the constraints of social pressures beginning to slack. It was becoming normal for women to work, most homes had TV’s (and access to celebrities and insight into high-end fashion) and, still reeling from the sex and drug revolution of the ’60s, the ’70s was a time of change, vibrancy and innovation.

Busy Patterns:

Busy patterned bed sheet from John Lewis
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Thanks to this, people could try new things and had the money to do so. And rather than choose one patterned rug, they’d opt to deck-out a whole room in a myriad of bright prints and patterns – in true kitsch, clashing style.

Bold Colours:

circus coloured blanket from John Lewis
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Determined to leave the drab interior design styles behind, a typical ’70s home would house every colour under the sun – without a pastel or cream in sight.

Earthy Colour Scheme:

arden yellow sofa from darlings of chelsea
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The underpinning colour theme derived from earthy tones like yellow, brown and orange. They took homage from the bright and vibrant shades of the ’60s in its own toned-down version.

Usually Something Outlandish:

As we said, the ’70s was a time of curiosity, vibrancy and change; and change comes about by pushing boundaries. That’s why ’70s interior design styles often incorporate gaudy, outlandish pieces of furniture and décor.

Like a piece of furniture that would leave you confused as to its purpose:

Circular blow up bed by The Range
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70s Home Décor:

Everyone knows that to truly string together a serious interior design, the theme needs to run deeper than the main pieces of furniture. This means subtle nods through smaller home décor accessories.

If you’re looking to make some subtle nods to ’70s interior design style, you should invest in…

The Humble Lava Lamp:

Lava Lamp by John Lewis
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AKA the building block of every teenagers room throughout the decade!

Vinyl Records:

Crosley Record Player from John Lewis
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Which are fortunately super hip now!

Shag Pile Carpets and Rugs:

Shaggy Rug from La Redoute
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Fantastic texture underfoot – no little ones will moan about having to sit on the floor anymore…

Stamp Collection:

stamp collection from Etsy
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Now so uncool that it’d be cool again.

Macrame Décor:

Macrame plant holder on Etsy
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It’s hard to believe this was popular in the ’70s given how contemporary it looks.

And of course, you could always get a mirrored disco ball… but even that’s too far for us.

So, that’s a wrap! ’70 interior design styles in a nutshell – it’s coming back guys – you heard it here first! Stay up-to-date with more interior design news, DIY guides and home improvement tips by liking A Fancy Home on Facebook.