When you take a look in the fashion shop now than you will see the first items for winter arriving and yes, the 70s are back. Some will look back on those years with some nostalgic, others will think this can't be back in trend. So lets see what was typical in the 70s.
Bold prints in wallpaper, fabrics, rugs. Bright color combinations. Flowers, geometric motifs, tie & dye, psychedelic print.
Are you brave enough to make a bold statement in your home? You can find some vintage wallpapers when you start looking on-line, but it can be easier to find some great designs in modern wallpaper collections. You will see ethnic print, the 70s was a period of peace and love and they got inspired by India.
The Patricia Anne wallpaper has a large Oriental floral print. The Tree of Life style are inspired by Chinoiserie, motifs which take inspiration from the Orient with lots of details and all over pattern.
Patara wallpaper: an ornate Paisley motif named after ancient coastal city.
Osborne and Little is offering in the same theme some amazing embroidered fabrics, if wallpaper would be to much for you than curtains can give a nice accent to your plain painted walls.
The geometric Hick's hexagon wallpaper is a classical, Cole & Son has been printing it now also at a bold large-scale.
The 70s was a time of relaxed living, having friends over, parties, the living area got a re-look. They were more and more designing with the idea of comfort, natural materials.
The Togo line of seating is the most recognisable collection of Ligne Roset, it was designed by Michel Ducaroy in 1973. It features ergonomic designs to make the frame and makes each piece both visually attractive and very comfortable.
Another classic: the UP5 chair of B&B. In 1969 Gaetano Pesce designed the UP serie, the UP5 chair is the most known and is still in production after 40 years. Funny when you know that Gaetano Pesce had no interest in appealing to the "Establishment" or had any desire for commercial success.
The walls and ceilings were often covered with wood. Green, orange, brown, mustard yellow made the colour harmony. And in every house you could find a collection of pottery: vases, plates, bowls...... and not to forget some crochet pieces.
Wallhangings were very fashionable, artist Sheila Hicks has her work now exhibited in several museums and got a retrospective in 2014 after 50 years of work. Sheila Hicks, who graduated as a painter, developed an interest in working with fibres after she spend some time in South America. She continues working in her studios in Paris and NY.
Recent work of Sheila Hicks
And if you take another look on some archive pictures form interior architecture in the 70s than you will see that macrame was a big trend. Macrame was one of the technics used for wallhangings and it inspired a lot of women to DIY for decorating the house.
Macrame was out of fashion for quite some years but it is making a strong come back. When I was visiting the Fuori Salone this year in Milano I could see that a lot of young designers from different countries were working around weaving , macrame. So take a look on a more modern approach which can easily be used in our homes right now without looking vintage.
The 70s was a time of change, a time to make statements, to stand for what you believed. If we think of pottery, macrame, tie & dye: it was all quite DIY but suddenly it gets back in fashion and it can look great in a modern approach.
Hope you got inspired by 70s. You don't have to change your whole home, just add some accents to get the mood.
- one wall with a bold wallpaper and it will look as you redid the whole room
- tie & dye cushions will look great on each sofa
- put some vases together, one can look a bit strange but once you put them as a collection you will see it will take a center point in the room
- wallhangings instead of a painting, put them tone on tone on the wall and it will look very sophisticated
Soon I will show you how to decorate a room in the 70s style with some modern pieces , just watch out for my next blog post.