Trend Alert – 70s Seduction
There’s no doubt about it, a 70’s revival is upon us.
Debuting on the catwalks earlier this year and filtering through to the high street labels, 70’s style including retro favourites like fringing, florals and flares have made a huge comeback in the fashion world. 70’s inspired interiors are to follow, but with a sophisticated and glamorous twist that pays homage to the bohemian and care-free spirit of the time without being trapped in the past.
It wasn’t all psychedelic wallpaper and circular beds, the iconic decade introduced several design staples that have been gracing our living spaces for years. The spherical light was born in the 70’s and features in all kinds of interior spaces, from restaurants to residential homes, and even nightclubs. Tom Dixon has designed a vision of beauty with the Mirror Ball, now available in gold, which would sit perfectly within a 70s inspired living room, reflecting light around the room and bringing a touch of luxe.
Curves, spheres and futuristic shapes were typical of furniture design at the time, so choose statement pieces as a foundation for your scheme. A low-slung sofa like The Sixty Seven is the perfect blend of past and present and will give a nod to the time period without going overboard. Our Tonic Brown and Festival Amber fabrics would work well as part of a moody and muted scheme but if you’d prefer a more contemporary base try Marl Grey and introduce a splash of colour with scatter cushions and blankets.
‘The Nest of Tables’ also became famous in the 70’s, the versaility and Russian-doll stacking style made them invaluable in small living spaces. Many a home had them tucked away in a corner until they were required; however, B&B Italia has bucked this ‘hidden away’ trend with the Fat Fat Table, a functional and effortlessly stylish addition to any home.
Finally, we couldn’t welcome home the 70’s without mentioning the colour palette. Muted interiors of browns and yellows, and brighter schemes of paisley and floral designs have both been criticised in the past, the former for being drab and the latter a clash, so we introduce a more sophisticated twist for the 21st century home. There is still a place for rich earthy tones but lift these darker shades with golds, yellows and metallic accents for an elegant, refined look. If you want a more contemporary feel that still evokes the peace and calm of this pre-disco era opt for luxe pink, forest green, and accessorise with gold and copper.
With a modern twist, it’s hard not be seduced by the 70s trend as it works its way into our homes as well as our wardrobes, but hold the lava lamp, it’s all about timeless sophistication.