1. Revive those 1970s trends
The beauty of the 1970s Revival trend is that there’s something for everyone, you can pick and choose your retro furniture – from boho-chic pieces to glossy, modern pieces. Some 1970s homes were all wall hangings, rattan, paisley patterns and macramé. Others were open plan and split level with clear plastic hanging chairs, plenty of vinyl and white globe ceiling lights. And many were a mixture of the two. If your home has original 1970s features such as wood clad walls, terracotta floor tiles, linoleum or fitted wardrobes, then you have a head start. That original 1970s ceiling-high stone fireplace you were going to rip out? Don’t, it’s right back in style.
Paint and decorate – 1970s style
2.Painting your walls in the warm, bright colours of the 1970s will create that retro vibe in an instant. Think turquoise, purple, avocado, pea green, burnt orange, warm yellow, harvest gold and earthy brown. For a bold and funky look, use the colour block technique in your retro living room, simply paint two walls in different but complementary colours. If you dare, go ‘full 70s’ with wallpaper featuring outsize flowers, psychedelic patterns and 70s style graphics, including distinctive geometrics. Or create a statement wall featuring a single scene from nature, for example a forest of trees.
3. Fabulous 1970s flooring
If you’d like to create a boho 1970s interior consider terracotta tiles, flagstones or wood flooring with woven or sheepskin rugs. Also coming back into style, and straight from the 1970s, are wall to wall carpets or (at the very least) the classic 1970s shag-pile rug. Lino type flooring is making a comeback for kitchens, hallways and bathrooms – with a wide choice of bold, bright colours and patterns on offer.
SHOP PATTERNED RUGS
7. 1970s dining with retro dining chairs
The new homes of the 1970s pioneered open plan living, where the dining room and living room flowed into one another. You can create a chic 70s style dining room with a classic wooden retro table and chairs, or go modern 70s with a dining table that’s glass, ceramic and metal or wood and metal – perfect paired with colourful upholstered chairs with tapered wood legs or sleek designer retro chairs with cantilever style chrome or slim, shaped metal legs.
SHOP ERCOL DINING
9. Retro accessories
Lighting of the 1970s ranges from rattan or Moroccan metal to space-age ceiling lights and table lamps in chrome and plastic – not forgetting the iconic lava lamp. Channel the 70s look with an arc style retro floor lamp, a white globe lamp or a gorgeous ceramic table lamp with a retro base. Other 1970s inspired accessories include sculptural ornaments, textile wall hangings, bean bags, macramé pot holders, rattan lightshades and ceramic vases and bowls. And don’t forget generous piles of cushions in all shapes and sizes in a glorious mix of textures, colours and patterns.
With the 1970s revival trend there’s something for everyone. Whether you go for hippy wall hangings and earthy ceramics or chunky modular seating and cool shag pile rugs, we hope you have fun creating that fabulously funky and colourful 70s look in your home.