Inspired by the ’70s? Here are 9 ways to incorporate the era into your home design!
Trends tend to be cyclic, and we’re definitely seeing a revival of the 1970s right now. So if you’re suddenly feeling an urge to cover your home in crazy-colored wallpapers and turn your living room into a jungle of large plants and hammocks, you’re not alone.
Interiors influenced by the 70s are all the craze right now, and Instagram and Pinterest are flooded with design influences from the hippie decade. The 70s were characterized by a laid-back, bohemian style that just needs some minor tweaks to feel modern and contemporary today.
Let’s have a look at 9 ways to incorporate the 70s design aesthetic in your home with style while avoiding cliché.
Large Green Plants Everywhere
A typical 70s influence that we see everywhere today is the use of big, green plants in every interior. Monstera deliciosa and plants in hanging pots were very popular in the 70s, and a quick scroll on social media will show you that they’ve made a strong comeback. And, bringing large plants into your home will add a relaxed vibe and improve the air quality as the plants help cleanse and humidify the air.
Big, Shaggy Carpets
Shaggy rugs, throws, and pillows were a trademark of the 70s. Today they’ve made a comeback, but with less crazy color combinations and a more muted color scheme. Add a large, shaggy carpet in beige or off-white to your home, and it will feel modern and retro at the same time. Try a modular sofa with a shaggy throw, for a cozy place to kick back and relax.
Macramé Art and Textile Wall Hangings
Macramé art and textile wall hangings are super popular right now and have almost turned into a social movement. There are classes and macramé retreats for enthusiasts, and adding a beautiful piece of batik fabric or macramé will instantly give your space that laid-back 70s boho vibe.
Rattan and Wicker Items
Another prominent trend on our list of 70s interior influences is wooden furniture, or more specifically, rattan and wicker furniture. Furniture made from willow, bamboo, rattan, and wicker was trendy in the 70s. Today they offer a great way to give your home a stylish and relaxed atmosphere.
Hanging Chairs and Hammocks
Hammocks and chairs hanging from the ceiling were super cool in the 70s. And when you think about it, it’s not difficult to understand why! A hammock or a hanging chair creates precisely the playful and chilled-out ambiance so typical of this decade, and that feels just as modern and attractive today. Add a shaggy throw and some folklore pillows to the mix, and you’re good to go!
Linoleum Floors in Quirky Colors
There is no kitchen and bathroom flooring that sums up the 70s style as well as patterned linoleum in crazy color combinations. Loved for its durability and easy maintenance, linoleum has made a comeback in recent years, especially for kitchen areas.
Big Bean Bag Chairs
In the 70s, everyone had one of the big, weird bean bag chairs in their basement. Yes, they’re comfy, and yes, they are seeing a bit of a renaissance today. But beware–once you sit down in one of them, getting up can be quite a challenge.
Crocheted Blankets and Pillows
Homemade things were popular in the 70s and have seen a huge revival with the whole DIY movement. Crocheted blankets and pillows in a repeating “granny” square pattern, were frequent in 70s interiors, and now they are coming back. Back then, they were often made from scratchy wool. But today we often see them in the softest of cotton instead, especially as baby blankets and items for the nursery.
Bold Wallpapers With Geometric Patterns
In the 70s, walls were often lined with wood paneling. But when that was not the case, they sported bold wallpaper with big and bright geometric shapes. Today we see the same trend, although the general colors today are often a bit more muted than they were back in the days. Instead of sharp colors, we see pastels, but the patterns are still the same.
Introduce New Age and Crystals in Your Home
The 70s were all about new age and exploring alternative lifestyles. Why not make room for that in your own home, with a small shrine where you can practice mindfulness and collect crystals, photos, and other little trinkets that hold an aesthetic or emotional value to you. This is also the perfect place to light candles or incense, another staple of the 70s that is making a big-time comeback. Sage, rosemary, or lavender will create a wonderful atmosphere in your home without going overboard with the more heavy, opium-like scents.
Have you ever thought about decorating your home in 1970s flair? What about a different decade? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this page!
Kiley took the big leap from working a 9-5 to quitting, getting out her laptop, and becoming a freelancer. Since then, she has found her passion in writing valuable, informative lifestyle and travel articles. After Traveling for years, she knows just how valuable a quick how-to guide can be for readers. This is why she contributes guest posts to various blogs.