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70s Living Room

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In the 1970s, home décor had a look all its own; one that hasn’t been repeated since. Some will say that’s a blessing.

But for those who dug the trends of the 70s, the furnishings of that era bring back great memories of hanging out in your funky house with your friends and family.

Unless you had a house with a den, the living room was the center of family life and also a place to entertain. That means it not only had to be fashionable but also comfortable as well.

Comfort started with a shag carpet on the floor. Shag carpets were high-pile rugs. That means they had especially long fibers.

Most likely, the carpet was wall to wall and you would have found it throughout your house. Greens were very popular in the beginning of the decade but by the end of the 70s, living rooms probably sported carpets in a variety of golds, oranges, or browns as well. Some carpets even included more than one shade of a particular color. These were called variegated patterns.

The kind of furniture you had depended on your personal preferences though some styles were more popular than others. Those into Early American or country décor probably had a plaid couch and chairs and heavy wood furniture.

However, modern décor was much more popular during the 1970s. In the early to middle part of the decade, the furniture tended to be very sculpted and futuristic in appearance and might have even had chrome legs or other accents. Later on, towards the 1980s, furniture was overstuffed and very comfortable.

Similar to the carpets of the 70s, lighter colored furniture was more popular in the early part of the decade and the earth tones took over the as the 70s progressed. Gold, rust, brown, olive green – all of those colors dominated furniture stores throughout the country by the end of the decade.

On the walls, paint wasn’t the norm. Instead, some houses had wood paneling, even in the living room. Paneling of the 70s, which was made of inexpensive plywood, came in all shades of brown as well as in white and, sometimes, a variety of other colors. Paneling was durable and fairly low maintenance, so it made sense for many families.

You may have also found wallpaper on the walls of the living room. And like the clothes of the 70s, the 70s wallpaper was bright and vibrant, often featuring large geometric prints, stripes, or bold flowers. Some home owners chose foil wallpaper, which was more often used in kitchens and bathrooms but did make its way into the living area on occasion.

Another popular trend for walls was to completely cover one wall of the living room with mirrors. This was ideal for smaller rooms as it made them look much bigger, but it tended to be high maintenance when there were little ones in the house who liked to make fingerprints on the glass.