Modern Revival: The Return of 70’s Style Decor
I may have not been there myself, but it feels like the era of disco and the retro, eye-popping design of the 1970’s is making a comeback in a big way. Splashes of color in zig-zagging chevrons and psychedelic patterns, this modern revival of 70’s style decor has it’s fair share of shag and Technicolor, and nobody is doing it better than Missoni Home.
Still infused with the colorful free-love hippy movement of the 60’s, the 1970’s moved towards a mod style. Today, the funky 70’s style decor is elevated in bold, modern patterns in shapes reminiscent of the times, kicking out the neutral and stark color palettes of the earlier 2000’s.
The 70’s saw a color trend of vivid greens and turquoises, sunshine yellows, and warm oranges and browns, all the makings of Missoni’s Tropical Fish Outdoor Collection. The general look of the 70’s was bright, sunshiny and Mod. Wood paneling was in and offered the perfect backdrop for popping colors and bold patterns, making even the interior of a boat the perfect time capsule for a fresh 70’s vibe.
Pattern was an integral part of design in the 1970’s. There is no fear of clashing today, as not one, not two, but multiple layers of patterns like large, vivid flowers, stripes, and abstract designs are being utilized. Even the outrageous color combinations that were hugely popular for Mod 1970’s design are coming back. The strong use of black and white was a popular color combination for bouncing off more color and mixing patterns.
Popular fabrics like chenille are popping up, like the folded screen at the head of the bed here. The Sibilla 160 Duvet Cover is like a 70’s inspired floral bedspread, mixing popular color combinations of the times in more muted shades for a fresh take.
Abstract paintings and sculptures are the perfect modern accessory to this 70’s revival. Chevron is not to be missed, and even a bright floral pattern, like the Oriental Garden, is layered with a geometric texture for more depth.
Most, if not all, rooms in a house were adorned in some bold metallic wall paper during the 70’s. The same look is achieved in the use of colorful patterned curtains across an expansive window. Subtle as it is, pattern is not passed up. Even a shaggy rug and bushy greenery are all 70’s inspire.
With the presence of velvets and organic touches, mingling with the abstract and patterned, this style may be classified as bohemian today, but there’s no doubt about it, 70’s style decor is the true inspiration for these brazen and panache spaces.
Darren is one of the Merchandise Managers for YLiving, and has had a long career in the Home Furnishings industry with companies like RH, Gumps and ABC Carpet & Home. He has a passion for art and design inspired by his time at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He spends his free time in his garden picking lemons and avoiding mowing the lawn, while playing with his long-haired dachshund.