There was some incredible design and style to come out of the seventies – it wasn’t all bad bell bottoms and glitter, but the design mentality of the midcentury continued, evolved and produced slick but funky interior design, luxury and a lot about comfort and relaxing – think low level seating, sumptuous throws, endless cushions, fabric on walls, even padded walls… dinner partying in the home and cocktail evenings or ‘soirées’ were becoming all the rage so creating the right home environment was key.
Fast forward to present day and a lot across the current high street has taken inspiration from the styles, patterns, furniture silhouettes and luxurious feel.
The colour palette to stick to should include neutral creams and beiges with rust, red, mustard and green tones. For a modern approach keep things quite minimal with not overlaying too many strong patterns as they would have done in the 70s.
Hunt on eBay, in markets and at car boots for pottery, ceramics and homewares of the era to bring in the right details but also high street favourites Habitat and Dunelm have some great modern equivalents.
Print designer Anna Hayman creates beautiful 60s & 70s patterns through turning original linocuts into wallpapers, fabric and art prints. These gorgeous patterns are particularly stunning on her range of lamp shades.
Anna has now collaborated with illustrator Beth Faser to create these A3 character piece aet prints. There are four designs in the collection and we love them. ‘I wanted to create some fashion style illustrations incorporating my patterns and when I was introduced to Beth, I knew she was the perfect partner for the project with her bold and louche style. She cleverly mixes ink painting with paper collage to create these languid characters, I think the style combines with my prints really well, and I love the feel of these super laid back girls’
We love a new season with lots of new arrivals hitting the stores. A favourite of ours spotted this week is from Rockett St George. Their Soho Ceramics range of vases and planters is the perfect addition to any home. The 70’s colours will bring warmth to a room and the paint dipped finish creates texture and pattern. A quirky addition is that all the ceramics are named after streets in Soho, London.
This Autumn see the revival of a trend which never really goes away in many homes. Modern vintage does what it says, combining old styles and past trends with modern interpretations. Vintage styles have always inspired us in the present, whether it’s mid-century furniture, 70’s glam, or 80’s modernism you can take elements and work with them in any room.
There are no rules to creating this trend, infact it’s entirely up to you what feel you would like to bring. Although when introducing vintage pieces into a room make sure you you don’t over clutter or over exhaust the look. Mix different items from different decades to create an eclectic look, but try and bring it all together with a base colour [white is always a good place to start ].
The rich 70’s tones of orange, moss green, burgandy, and teal will be perfect for this time of year. Darker woods like walnut and mango will ground the room and give it more interest. Once you have some key pieces of furniture, or a statement light then start bringing in some modern touches with pattern and print on soft furnishings and art work.
If you are looking to make a statement why not go retro with a brick effect wallpaper. Popularity has grown massively for wall or garden effect wallpapers and some are even textured to give a more realistic appearance. And don’t worry, you are not trying to kid anybody, they just look great and create a fab backdrop to a room. Check out Dunelm, Henderson Interiors and I Love Wallpaper
With a little reinterpretation of the strength of wildness of the 1970s this trend is a contemporary take on the clashing patterns, natural textiles, pattern mixing of the original look.
Bring together the organic feel of natural homewares including wicker, macrame, wood, jute and brick with the richness of burnt oranges, purples and brown. Use fabrics like velvets in sofas, weaves for walk hangings, hides and fluffy afghans in rugs and cushions and mix with earthy tones and metallics in the lighting, ceramics and sculptures.
It’s with the wall and floor covering that this trend really gains strength. Introduce wood panelling effect walls, real exposed stone walls, textured giant wall hangings of rich colour themes and the key to this trend – lots of indoor planting. Use great house plants with super architectural leaves and layer up with small hanging plants in plant hangers and also wooden and woven planters.
The louche 1970s trend pushs the boundaries of taste, with style and design ideas that are lavish, ostentatious and brave.
The hedonistic vibe oozes from the styling choices including crushed velvet, gold, rich colour tones and bold patterns.
It is over the top and glamorous. Metals and glass are favoured for furniture with velvets, silks and heavy weight tapestry in upholstery. Be generous with accessories, multiple vases, candle sticks, cushions, throws and show-piece lighting to make a statement.