That 70’s Home: Using Retro Decor to Make Every Room Pop
The 70s are back.
With so many new trends popping up all over the place, from fashion to automobiles and even the continuing phablet trend in smartphones, it’s surprising that the 1970s are making a comeback when it comes to home decor. If you’ve secretly waited your whole life for this era to return, here’s how to make your home groovy again.
Use Colors In Small Doses
In the 1970s, kitchens were a splash of chrome amidst a sea of color. Oranges, greens, yellows, and browns – you remember that, right? Well, if you’re shopping Ikea, you can get the Orange Vilmar chair and bring it all back to life.
Of course, be prepared for funny looks from your friends.
When redecorating, it’s probably a good idea to stick to “pops” of color, rather than an entire makeover. In other words, keep the walls of the house light or white, and use the bright chairs to accent the softness of the room.
Break Out The Bean Bags
Fombag bean bags make a statement, and they’re not that expensive. You remember bean bags, right? Well, now you can outfit your living room or game room with them. No, they’re not going to replace a couch (unless you’re single), but they are a lot of fun, and great seats for kids or for when you just want a place to curl up and read a book.
Most bags range from between £50 and £250, but larger bags can cost £400 or more. Still, if you’re looking for something small, it’s going to cost you less than a comparable chair.
Make A Statement In The Bedroom
We’re talking big, bold, prints here (get your mind out of the gutter). For a retro chic look, you can’t go wrong outfitting your bed with Scribble Stem bedding. At just £28, it’s an affordable way to bring back vintage colors.
You could also incorporate matching duvet covers, pillowcases, and throw pillows.
Bring Back The Rock Walls
Another popular theme in the 1970s was glam rock. If you’re not familiar with it, here it is in a nutshell: Glam rock was a particular type of music that was popular back then. Inspired themes bled over into wallpaper, which was also popular. Designs varies, with most of them being quite busy. But, that was the style. “Do The Stretch Mustard” is one throwback that’s busy enough to keep you interested, but not so busy that you will regret your life decision.
Inspired Country Cottage Kitchen
Not everything from the ‘70s was colorful and glitzy. Some of the pieces from that time were about appreciating craftsmanship and rediscovering the past. Pine furniture took off during this time because it was inexpensive and could be handcrafted.
By the end of the decade, the pine dresser was a staple in most households.
This two-piece dresser is an example of styling that you would use to recreate this look.
A Sunburst Clock
This was actually pretty popular in the 1950s and ‘60s. But, because the styling was so fashion-forward, it remained a staple in many homes well into the ‘70s. No kitchen wall was complete without a sunburst clock. And, you can get your very own: the Newgate Pluto Wall Clock.
A Decadent Chair
The Statesman Chair was launched in 1960, but remained popular throughout the 1970s before going out of production in the early ‘90s. Good news: it’s back. Now, you can enjoy the Parker Knoll Statesman Recliner Chair for only £1,999.
If you just can’t settle for replica prints, look around for vintage 1970s stuff. Etsy is a great place for retro items, like tablecloths, pillows, blankets, and table runners. You can also get great holiday-themed prints so that you don’t have to give up the look for Christmas, or any other holiday for that matter.
The lounge chair idea was born in the 1950s, but these were still popular in the ‘70s because they were so comfortable and inexpensive. The Vitra Eames lounge chair is a more modern take on the classic, but still appropriate for that retro look.
Beaded curtains help you keep out the light (sort of), and they look cool too. But, they don’t have to be placed on windows. They can be put in hallways and doorways. They act as informal doors, separating one room from another. They can also be put in place of doors to walk-in closets.
Jennifer Nabors has a penchant for interior spaces. She has a design background and now spends most of her time as a consultant. She enjoys sharing her design views online through blogging.