The 70s decor trends we love – and the ones we hate



Photo credit: Graham & Brown

From the reunion of Abba to the smocked Holly Hobbie dresses on the catwalk, the ’70s are the go-to decade this fall as they tap into nostalgia and remind us of positive influences and cheerful design, says Andrew Henry, director of Andrew Henry Interiors.

However, there is a knack for incorporating the right touchstones without turning your home into an Austin Powers movie set, warns Beth Lewin, design studio manager at Portfolio Home and North West regional director of the Society of British Interior Design: “Mix in items with your own style and other trends such as boho to give it a contemporary touch. Don’t go overboard with the bold colors typical of the 70s, this will psychologically create too much stimulation. Orange burnt will give you a fresh and modern 70s look with a soothing and warm atmosphere. “

Here are five trends from the ’70s we love – and five that should stay firmly in the past:

Geometric prints and wallpaper

The pattern is very seventies. Wallpaper with a graphic or repeating print brings this element into the home, like Graham & Brown’s bohemian dream, a soft geometric pattern, with an orange fade in a warm shadow with a teal and gray outline, on a background neutral.

“I love graphic wallpapers, but you should always try to use wallpaper that doesn’t give you a headache in the morning,” says Emma Deterding, Founder and Creative Director at Kelling Designs. “The repetition has to be small enough to be fuzzy or large enough to be meaningful. Make sure the scale of the pattern is correct for your room. “

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Photo credit: Graham & Brown

Rattan, bamboo, wicker, cane

“Moving away from the sleek minimalism of previous years, customers opt for nostalgic, retro-inspired pieces that channel relaxed comfort and champion natural materials,” says Rachael Fell, purchasing manager, furniture, Habitat. “70s-inspired designs have seen a huge resurgence in recent months with rattan and bamboo materials favored for their ability to balance clean lines with a rustic, handcrafted look.”

Photo credit: Habitat / Jon Day Photography

Photo credit: Habitat / Jon Day Photography

The Habitat Astri Rattan King Headboard is very Fleetwood Mac. Also check out the range of Indi rattan and mango wood furniture at Dunlem, especially the sideboard, and storage solutions including a lovely French rattan bathroom basket.

Corduroy cushions and padding

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture And Choice, says comfortable luxury corduroy is a nostalgic ’70s trend and a top choice for sofas and cushions: “This material has a dual function in offering no only comfort but also a fashionable touch with its unique texture. “There is a Cassie Cord Fabric L-shaped corner sofa in mink, charcoal gray, or gray.

Photo credit: Furniture and choice

Photo credit: Furniture and choice

A quick way to bring in some corduroy is to add a throw or two – like the York High Low Corduroy Cushion in Teal, from Yorkshire Fabric Shop. Or add a real throwback to the ’70s, a classic retro corduroy ottoman in a range of funky giant drawstring colors, including mustard and purple (dark of course).

Reactive glaze dishes

The artisanal look of reactive glaze tableware typically combines two or three complementary shades in a pattern that highlights individual swirls and spots. “With its effortless undone finish, Reactive Glaze Dinnerware meets a growing desire for organic cutlery as we seek more casual finishes on perfectly polished ceramics,” says Nadia McCowan Hill, Wayfair Resident Style Advisor.


Gorgeous glasses such as vases and bowls in rich jewelry colors or crisp monochromes are an easy way to bring in ’70s chic. Ideally, you’re looking for a shape that combines angular lines with gorgeous bulbous curves, like the Bloomingville glass vase from Nordic Nest.

Photo credit: Bloomingville

Photo credit: Bloomingville

Jon Sharpe, Creative Director of home accessories company, says glassware trends are accelerating both on the catwalks and our new love for nature: rattan and macrame are on the rise. for a while and other ’70s trends such as patterns, bangs and even curved shapes – all of which saw significant sales increases with us. “

Photo credit: LuxDeco

Photo credit: LuxDeco

Long pile rugs

Nothing makes the 70s scream more than a tufted nylon shag rug – or worse, a wall-to-wall shag rug. If you are lucky enough to have pitch pine flooring – a very seventies look – forget about synthetic fabrics and to add warmth and color, opt for a striped recycled cotton chindi rug from Homescapes instead.

Avocado bathrooms

Photo credit: Andrew Paterson / Alamy Stock Photo

Photo credit: Andrew Paterson / Alamy Stock Photo

Avocado has its place on toast, not in the bathroom, despite a brief resurgence of that ’70s washroom classic a few years ago. Instead, AGVA Bathrooms points to two of this season’s trends, earthy oranges and dark oak / light oatmeal brown for a more subtle ’70s reinterpretation.

Combine undertones of earthy orange offset by a slightly off-white, accentuated by a brighter parent, like gold: “says Fay Patel, Senior Buyer at AGVA.

Deep oaks and light oat browns suggest a natural feel while creating a darker, darker style reminiscent of retro country life, says Fay: “Warm lighting options with brass fixtures would add a touch. shine. “

Nylon sheets

What were they thinking? The nylon sheets could have reduced the ironing stack, but there was no excuse for the hot, static sticky nights. A classic ’70s look that never goes out of style is pure white bed linen against wicker. “White is strong and modern again,” says Joanna Ross, General Manager of Design at Sheridan. “Where color is absent, amplified texture and tactility come into play. Furniture and ceramics take on a more “human” tone thanks to soft curves and textured finishes, so it’s only natural that the bedding layers follow suit.

Crazy colors

Crazy mixes were all the rage – think the musical Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat by Tim Rice and dear old Keith Chegwin and his multicolored swap store – but we’re sweeter now, says Xander Shreenan, interior designer at interior design brand Dowsing & Reynolds: “Oranges and pinks were very popular in the 70s, but you can try to modernize yourself slightly by going for a brick orange and a dustier pink. They will still give a feel of the years. 70 but with a cleaner, more modern color story. “

Photo credit: Annie Sloan

Photo credit: Annie Sloan

Artex walls

Shell or swirl, broken or dotted leather, whatever the texture of that Artex ceiling – and its walls – it should stay firmly in the decade of glitter and space hoppers. We prefer to mask slightly uneven walls with a deep dark green like Ditch The Tie or Adulting by COAT Paint. “Pair it with walnut or teak furniture with brass accents for a cool 70s gentleman’s club vibe,” says COAT Paint co-founder Rob Abrahams.

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