70s chic is making a comeback. Think vibrant shades, groovy patterns and over-indulgent textures, and you’ll find yourself right in the middle of a retro revival tailored for modern day living.
The return of ‘Avocado Green’
Fresh, optimistic and soothing, green continues to have a moment in interior design. We saw it with sage green, and now avocado green is becoming a popular choice across interiors and soft furnishings alike. Vibrant greens are a staple of a 70s-inspired interior style when combined with bold pops of pastel like yellow, pink and blue for a contemporary, playful look.
As a shade that can be easily built on, avocado green is a good starting point for your throwback look. Combine this with other tones and neutral furniture to create a modern, minimalist 70s scheme, with metallics and simple accessories being the crowning glory of your living space – when it comes to the 70s, think opulent, grand pieces.
Rich, vibrant shades & patterns
The 70s was known for its funky geometric patterns and prints, so use them to your advantage as you bring retro style into your living room. Opt for a striking patterned wallpaper for a full on 70s comeback or, if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, a selection of quirky cushions or even a pair of loud curtains will embrace the trend without the need to commit to a larger investment.
Warm, burnt shades were a prominent feature of the 70s. Bold without being overpowering, shades of spice, rust and terracotta are design staples and, although typically considered as autumnal shades, when carefully accessorised these earthy tones can add an element of warmth to a neutral 70s scheme all year round.
When you think ‘70s’ you think ‘shagpile’. Layering texture is key to the 70s trend, mixing a variety of tactile materials to create interest and casual comfort. Combining soft velvet and shaggy-pile rugs with natural elements like rattan furniture and macrame decor creates a warm and inviting space. Use accessories to your advantage here, with fluffy cushions and throws helping to create the quintessential 70s look and feel.
It doesn’t all have to be tactile though. You can achieve added texture with carefully placed geometric details in your space, like quirky lampshades or unique side tables that scream ‘retro’.