The 1970s were an interesting time for home design. It was a radical shift from the austerity of the 1950s and the era just before the war. But it was also a change from the 1960s, where social change utterly transformed the design landscape.

The 1970s were an era of bold design choices, partly fuelled by the fact that more people were able to afford mortgages. Over time, they developed their own styles and did things differently to the builders who had constructed their houses before they moved in. Suddenly, people’s living rooms were awash with vibrant colors, and new technology allowed homeowners to invest in plastic furniture. Once the oil shock hit in 1973, incomes fell, and homeowners changed their strategies once again. They began to use a lot of wood, rattan, and handicrafts like macrame.

Once the 1970s were over, few people looked back with fond memories. But recently, that’s all begun to change. Expert firms, including Million Dollar Makeovers, have started to offer their clients the option to revive their retro roots and experiment with 1970s design ideas, right here in the 2010s.

Take Brown And Make It Beautiful

When most people think of 1970s interiors, they think brown. In the past, this was a bad thing, but contemporary stylists have been working hard to make it look good. The trick here is to combine lots of differently colored and textured objects. A camel-colored bureau, for instance, should be paired with a rich, coffee-colored sofa.

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It’s also a good idea to include wood paneling wherever possible to accentuate certain features in the room. Pine, when paired with original features, like a Le Klint 172 light pendant, can recreate a retro atmosphere instantly.

Use Photography

In the 1970s, people didn’t decorate their walls with paintings: they used photography instead. Often the photographs were oversized and hung above the bed. Prints are now widely available, thanks to the power of the internet.

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When choosing a photograph, it’s a good idea to pick one whose colors are dramatically different to those of the surrounding wall. A photograph with a lot of vibrant blues goes nicely with a retro-patterned wallpaper.

Use Stone Cladding

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In the past, people loved stone cladding. It was a sign that you were somebody who was up-and-coming in the world. But stone cladding isn’t something that should be left in the past, like Morris Minors. No, it’s made a comeback and a rather significant one at that.

One cool idea is to use stone cladding to surround the fireplace, with a separate area, built into the cladding to store the logs. Having a slate finish will make the cladding look even better, giving it a genuine, Palm Springs feel while bringing it right up to date.

Use Touches Of Orange

If truth be told, designers from the 1970s went a bit overboard with their orange. But orange can actually work quite well, so long as it is used in moderation. You don’t want your home to look like the inside of a factory, but having some objects, like the fireplace, brightly colored can add interest to an otherwise plain room.