1970's Design Aesthetic is Coming Back, Groovy!

When you think of the 1970s you might think of the music, the fashion, or the politics, but another hallmark of the iconic decade was, of course, the decor. With psychedelic prints and plenty of bright colors, the 1970s brought about a very specific type of maximalism that’s recently been seeing a modern resurgence. While you may not want to mimic all of the design choices of the 1970s (shag rugs can stay in the past) there are several subtle ways to infuse your home with a touch of '70s flair. 

Prints on Prints 

Prints on Prints

The 1970s were all about their prints. Tie-dye, florals, psychedelic patterns, and more are all coming back in contemporary designs. If you’re hesitant to tie-dye your bedroom walls, consider a retro wallpaper accent wall, or even just paint one wall an off-the-wall color. Maybe you like prints, but on a smaller scale. With the newfound interest in vintage designs, there are plenty of options available for heavily patterned couches, blankets, curtains, or even tables. Adding patterns to a room adds interest and energy without overwhelming the space, it’s also a simple way to play into the 1970s trend without being too much.  

Earthy Vibes 

Earthy Materials

Earthy materials were a staple in 1970s homes, with wood paneling and rattan being particularly popular. In 2024, it’s just as easy to incorporate these tones and textures into your current home. While a whole home of wood paneling might be a bit too much, an accent wall in a matching stain can add an interesting element to your home. Alternatively, introduce rattan furniture, such as dining chairs, or adorn shelves with pottery. Plant enthusiasts can swap standard plant stands for hanging macrame holders. Incorporating earth tones and natural materials is a straightforward way to achieve that boho-chic aesthetic.

Play with Materials 

Materials

Velvet couches, fur coats, and shag rugs are iconic 1970s elements. This exploration of new materials characterized the design and fashion choices of the time. The wave of different materials also brought about new interpretations of current materials. Glass vases in quirky shapes, or tables with shiny metal legs were all the rage. And while you might not want neon pink plastic end tables in 2024, consider adding in some unconventional materials to your living space. An exposed brick wall, bold chrome lights above your kitchen island, or even a modernized version of that velvet couch are all great ways to make unique materials the focal point in your home. 

Stay Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve

Furniture and decor in the 1970s often featured rounded shapes. Armchairs, lamps, and even tables all removed their pointed edges. These bubble-like silhouettes are coming back in style and finding their way back into our homes. For an iconic and instantly recognizable nod to the 70s add a curved couch to your living space, adding circular pillows for that finishing touch. Large, rounded, or entirely circular mirrors are a great way to make a small room seem bigger while staying true to a vintage design. 

By incorporating a few of these elements, you can pay homage to the distinctive style of the 1970s while maintaining a contemporary aesthetic. If you're interested in learning more about home design, or even how to hire an interior designer, check out some of our other blogs!

 

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