How to create the 70’s color trend

From the 1960’s to the 70’s, color trends transformed from psychedelic to earthy muted shades of nature with bold overtones. Rich oranges, yellows, and greens joined shag pile and corduroy to create an ambience of warmth and comfort. There was a playful element, too, with geometric shapes and mosaics imbuing a sense of movement and high energy.

Today, many of us are falling for the retro 1970’s color trend all over again, incorporating tones and textures that evoke on-trend nostalgia.

Here’s how to welcome the 70’s look to your contemporary home.

Dark wood designs

Dark wood brings depth to your design while wrapping you in cozy sophistication. It also forges a strong relationship between the indoors and out. A penchant for wood paneling in the 1970’s offered the perfect contrast to a rich, natural color palette, so it’s an ideal canvas for the style. On a backdrop of dark wooden floors or walls, invite contrast with soothing grays, whites, and pops of black. Complete the look with delicate furniture designs, like a chic corner sofa with open ends and slim legs, in a pale shade for balance and visual interest.

Sophisticated home office with the Kingston office desk and Calgary storage

Rich color palettes

It’s easy to reveal your personal style through the 70’s color trend. Channel the glamour of the era and accessorize with luxe gold accents via mirrors, cushions, and vintage decor. Enhance a minimalist neutral scheme with a statement furniture piece in bold green, blue, or mustard. To cocoon your space in eternal warmth, blend deep shades of orange, yellow, and brown. If you’d rather a soft, feminine touch to go with your 70’s ambience, introduce a dusty rose occasional chair or sofa. The most important thing is to create a color palette that represents your unique personality within the design.

Modern living room with a mustard sectional sofa, beige chair, patterned rug, and minimalist decor.

Tantalizing textures

From the distinctive pattern of corduroy to luxe leather and softly glowing velvet, this is an era that truly embraced tantalizing textures. To turn heads with your design, incorporate the look with a velvet sofa as a living room focal point, in rich yellow, green, or brown. Highlight a classic black leather lounge chair with white walls and dark wood accents. Mix and match textures by layering patterned corduroy cushions in a variety of colors. Then, take the chance to experience the luxurious feel of shag underfoot, with a rug that represents the 70’s trend at its finest. Vivid mosaics are another hallmark of the era, so accessorize with vases, picture frames, tiles, or rugs featuring a kaleidoscope of geometric shapes and colors. Indoor plants are always on-trend. However, giant palm fronds and ferns are particularly in keeping with the style.

Cozy bedroom with a view of the water, featuring earth-toned bedding and a small side table

Getting it right

Whether you’re starting with a blank canvas or reviving a tired room, it's always great to have a trusted opinion to point you in the right direction. Our experienced designers can guide you to an on-trend space, whether your needs are large or small. Just set up a chat in-store for free styling advice. If you decide you want some help, we’ll work with your budget and your individual style to bring your 70’s color trend dreams into the present-day reality.

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