The seventies retro style interiors and design has an ethnic vibe about the look. It is an exciting blend of hippie, beatnik, and boho chic with the funky kitsch designs from the sixties.
Music helped shape this decade as rock music mixed with disco fever, disco balls and disco dancing hit the groovy scene.
Many 70's homes were light, airy and free in reflection of the movements that were happening; activism, freedom and self expression.
There are many ways to integrate elements of 1970's decor into your home without over doing it.
Wallpaper and murals that display stylized flowers and pattern similar to the example shown in the above image, would be a brilliant addition into your room for this concept.
Remember to collect all your ideas together and make a mood board which will help you devise and organize your design and therefore, you will be able to make your design changes confidently.
The image of the living room below shows how to incorporate retro style interiors from the 70's using neural tones. I love the scattered cushion all loosely bunch together to make an rough informal seating area. This look is a blend of retro with a touch of country.
Get the 70's look:
Color: building your color scheme around the hippie, ethnic style which would give you a more neutral palette of earth tones i.e. beige, sage green, sand, brown, mustard, burnt orange, navy, plum, aubergine, wine and deep shades of purple.
Brown and cream with orange and avocado were the most popular color choices of the seventies.
Of course there is the disco vibe, additional colors of silver and gold that you could fuse into your design ideas.
The bedroom shown in the image below, left is a wonderful example of retro style interiors and the right image is a blow up of the main wallpaper used behind the bed.
Walls: look for a fabulous wallpaper which you could add to your room or use to make a stunning mural. Vinyl wallpaper was popular during the 70's however today there are many incredible designs that are paper or fabric backed.
Patterned fabrics also make great murals so enjoy looking through lots of ranges before you make your final selection. There are many talented people who perhaps would be able to draw directly onto their walls. This would very much put your own stamp onto your designs.
The images below are examples of 70's wallpaper design created from retro colors and pattern. They are a real nostalgic look and could be used in a very modern way within your design. I love the subdued tones.
Decor: Look for some tubular chrome or polished steel pieces of furniture to add to your look. Bean bags are also a great addition. Super comfy!
Retro style interiors have lots of big pattern so mix and match fabrics i.e. upholstery to sofas, scatter cushions and curtains. It is daring to have lots of pattern in the one room however, you can combine them as long as you link in tones so that your design look tasteful.
Lighting: the images below show how simple pendant lighting can be used to help you with your retro design ideas to create a wonderful and interesting home. You can see that is is the pendants that are the focal point and centerpiece of this particular room.
The below, left image shows a funky version of what you can see hanging in the image of the living room.
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