Just like fashion in the 70s, the 70s home decor was pretty funky.
Bright colors were popular and interesting new shapes made their way into the 70s furniture market.
While it’s typical to look back and see the design trends in the 70s as rather outlandish (many designers believe the 70s was not the best in decor style!)
But those who lived through the era actually thought these new 70s decor fads were pretty groovy!
Purchasing new furniture in the 70s meant that you had just a few choices – bright and brighter!
Orange, for example, was one of the most popular colors of the decade and it wasn’t unusual for young people to want to do their entire room in shades of orange, including their curtains, carpet, and bedspread.
And if your furniture wasn’t orange or rust- another favorite color - it was most likely multi-colored.
Even carpets were fashioned in outrageous color combinations, often in geometric patterns. It was like a smorgasbord for the eyes!
The shape of furniture varied throughout the decade. Some 70s style furniture was rather minimalist – with square off corners and clean lines.
Towards the end of the decade, the overstuffed look was more popular. This was also the era of the bean bag chair which was very popular. They were great for relaxing while watching television or listening to the hi-fi.
Chrome and glass were really popular in 70s decor as well. Many people had glass dining room tables with chrome legs and chairs that matched. Chrome and glass was commonly used for coffee tables and end tables as well.
As far as accessories were concerned, lamps were large and equally as “mod”. And who could forget the lava lamp, that strange column filled with floating masses of colored glop. They didn’t supply much light, but they were a lot of fun to watch!
70s decor style on the floor
In the 1970s, if you didn’t have shag carpet, you just didn’t have any fashion sense!
Every house in-the-know had floors that were totally covered with extremely high-pile shag, often in very bright colors like red, yellow, purple, and – of course – orange.
Hardwood floors were not “in” in the 70s but vinyl tiles were fairly commonplace in most American kitchens and bathrooms.
On the Walls
In the 1960s, wallpaper was rather demure, but when the 70s hit, things changed. Like other home decor items of the 1970s, wallpaper featured bold, bright patterns in a variety of colors.
Often, the designs included geometric patterns but floral prints that featured large, vibrant flowers were popular as well.
One of the biggest 70s decor trends was foil wallpaper. This was sleek and shiny and could be used in just about any room of the house, including the kitchen and bathroom.
Often, the colors on the foil wallpaper included silver, gold, or some other metallic.
Another popular 70s wall decor was wood paneling. Some homes in America had paneling on just about every wall surface in the house.
Paneling came in a variety of different wood tones – from light to dark brown – and even came in some unexpected colors as well.
This was not the expensive tongue-and-groove stuff you might find today but, rather, very inexpensive plywood.
That means it was quite affordable and easy to install, making it a great do-it-yourself 70s decor item.