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70s Colors

The 70s weren’t boring! Just look at the fashion and home decor of the era and it’s evident that it was a time when “louder” was better and subtlety didn’t enter the picture.

Indeed, everything was bright, from clothes and artwork to the furniture you put in your house or the wallpaper you hung on your wall.

One of the most popular color palettes of the 70s was one that many would refer to as earth tones.

However, these colors were still fairly vibrant. A bright rust or orange color was part of that palette, accompanied by a reddish brown and perhaps a peach tone. This was a very popular color scheme for home furnishings.

As a matter of fact, among the best sellers of the decade was the popular rust-colored overstuffed velour furniture that sat in many living rooms and dens of middle-class America.

Many younger folks opted for pinks and purples and other “lipstick” shades. Girls decorated their bedrooms in these shades, complete with metallic wallpaper that included swirls or geometric prints in these colors. The look was completed with bedding of the same color and perhaps strings of sparkly beads in the same hues.

70s kitchens were also full of shades of orange. Usually, cabinets were maple and countertops were fashioned in a terracotta shade. But the real kicker was the wallpaper, which was sometimes metallic in design and usually included bright orange, yellow, green, and other contrasting colors.

Florals were very popular and this colorful wallpaper was often made of vinyl for easy cleaning. Over-the-table light fixtures that looked like big daisies often completed the picture.

Also in the kitchen, appliances were rarely white or off-white. Instead, they were bright and colorful. Most 70s kitchens included refrigerators, ranges, and dishwashers that were featured in popular shades known as Harvest Gold, Avocado, Bronze, or Pumpkin.

These closely matched the countertops and wallpaper and made for a very interesting look that was quite fashionable in those days. Today, it’s easy to spot a 70s kitchen – just look for the colorful appliances!

You may have found a similar Harvest Gold color in the bathrooms of the 70s as well, though equally as many were done in pastel shades of pink or blue. As a matter of fact, the toilet, tub, and sink were all fashioned from your chosen color. Problem was that well the toilet broke 10 years later, you couldn’t get a baby pink or powder blue one to replace it.

By the time the disco era hit and the 80s were drawing closer, the color palette of the 70s did indeed change a little.

In fashion, shimmery, metallic-colored jumpsuits replaced the earth toned maxi dresses and people began to decorate their homes in more subtle pastel colors that many found much more pleasing to the eye.