Easy ways to work the 1970s trend at home

A decade defined by disco music, eye-catching prints, a colour scheme of browns, oranges and greens and a shot of glamour for good measure, the 1970s certainly captured our attention.

And we’re still feeling the love – so much so that designers continue to be inspired by the ’70s, reviving the look with a range of ideas to fire the imagination.

There’s a sense of fun when we reconnect with this decade’s trademark palette of brights, as well as the feel-good factor of nature (house plants were one of the hottest trends at the time), and there’s good reason key pieces such as vintage chairs, lava lamps and eclectic homewares have never lost their appeal.

Here’s how to rock the ’70s vibe at home.

1. Play up patterns and prints

Kubrick Wallpaper in Toffee Apple, Carmine Lake

“The ’70s was such a ground-breaking era in interior design and it still inspires us today,” says Rachael Doble, lifelong fashion and textile expert. “For an instant injection of ’70s glam, a feature wall in a 1970s-inspired design will score plenty of style points.

“Make sure it has a strong, distinctive print and a palette of browns, oranges and reds for maximum impact.”

Sunset Astro tiling, Porcelain Superstore

Interior expert Abbas Youssefi agrees: “Interior style in the ’70s was all about statement patterns in strong, earthy colours, with red and terracotta shades exuding warmth.

“For maximum impact, use rich tiles to create a striking splashback, while keeping the rest of the kitchen relatively simple.”

Read: Design tips to create a kitchen you’ll love

2. Rally retro accessories

Market finds – such as boho-chic rattan and leather swivel chairs – are easy ways to introduce the look, if and when you can track them down.

Otherwise, online shopping sites such as Etsy and Ebay are good hunting grounds for things such as wicker and teak furniture, retro glass vases and – love it or loathe it – the lava lamp.

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“A simple but extremely effective way to introduce 1970s style to your home is with statement lighting, a trend we’re seeing for 2022,” notes Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson. “I also like vintage wall prints, which is an inexpensive way to experiment with adding ’70s flair to your home without much commitment.”

Miami Cushion, Orange by Malini, Iamfiy

The ’70s trend is bringing a touch of luxe and nostalgia, especially with a retro colour palette of terracotta orange, aqua tones and rich greens.

Opt for mid-century furniture pieces and add a contemporary edge with velvet textiles and contrasting textures. Then finish with the warm glow of a mushroom lamp for a sense of vintage glamour to really nail the look.

3. Hang house plants aplenty

Phanta Plant Hanger in black by Hay, Nest

Whether it’s with macramé or a glittering disco ball, stringing and hanging your plants is a stylish way to work the ’70s take on greenery in the home.

Disco Ball Hanging Planter, Rocket St George

Plus it’s a space-saving way of bringing the leafy world inside, as you won’t need to worry about running out of room on shelves and cabinet tops.

Read: How houseplants can make you feel like you’re on holiday

4. It’s cool to colour-clash

Funk Triangles carpeting, The Rug Retailer

“The 1970s were defined by the bold sound of the funk era. The music was rich and brazen and really made you stop in your tracks to listen,” says interior expert Chris Bond.

“From an interiors perspective, for me 1970s style is all about capturing the excitement and confidence of the funk movement, so strong colours and shapes are an absolute must. And don’t be afraid of clashing hues too – the more the merrier.”

Henry Holland collection of 70s inspired homewares, Freemans

Try mixing and matching your furniture, rather than sticking with variations of the same shade in a room. Or, adding pops of clashing colours in accessories – or a bold, geometric rug – is a quick way to get the look.

Read: How to make your own dried flower arrangements

5. Flaunt your flower-power

Think cosmic blooms in sunshine yellow and other happy brights. Going bold with pops of pretty petals will make everything look fresh and modern, and you can always work the wicker look in the form of lampshades and shelving, or a sweet bedside table.

Retro 70s wall clock
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Also, be on the lookout for crochet wall hangings, or a DIY kit if you fancy trying to make one yourself. Another key find is a vintage sunburst wall clock – a prime example of why 1970s style stands the test of time.

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Written by Sam Wylie-Harris

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