That 70s show

In an in­te­rior style funk? If you love all things bold and bright, re­vis­it­ing the trends of the 1970s might just be the in­flu­ence you’re look­ing for, says sa­man­tha massey

Bath Chronicle - - YOUR HOME - ■ Sa­man­tha Massey is the ed­i­tor of in­te­ri­orslook­book.co.uk

IT was the era that in­tro­duced us to Abba, the Bay City Rollers and Bruce spring­steen. And while the sev­en­ties might be a decade more renowned for its con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic than in­te­rior de­sign, delve deep enough into the his­tory books (or ar­chive copies of Ideal Home) and there are plenty of de­sign ideas to get ex­cited about.

From bright bold colours and tes­sel­lat­ing pat­terns, to iconic prints and state­ment side­boards, the 70s has plenty to of­fer the 2020 homeowner.

bold Colour Schemes For­get min­i­mal­ist greys and calm­ing blues, the 70s was renowned for its love of all things bold and in­te­rior colour schemes were no ex­cep­tion.

The warm­ing tones of or­ange, brown and yel­low were dom­i­nant, with ac­cents of pink and green thrown in for good mea­sure.

And while this colour com­bi­na­tion may make you want to re­coil in hor­ror, pick the per­fect com­ple­ment of shades and not only will you be bang on the Cot­tagecore trend cur­rently sweep­ing the in­te­ri­ors world, you’ll be cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful warm­ing home just in time for win­ter.

If you’re not brave enough to go all out with th­ese dis­tinc­tive hues right away, why not con­sider a state­ment wall with 70s-in­spired wall­pa­per sit­ting along­side more neu­tral tones? It’s an easy – and af­ford­able – way to in­ject style with­out too much DIY.

You can al­ways add to the look with vin­tage ac­ces­sories or a house plant (bonus style points if you opt for the must-have plant of the 70s, the swiss Cheese Plant).

Sup­per Club Style

Salmon mousse, chicken kievs and Black For­est Gateau washed down with a mar­tini were a sta­ple of the 70s din­ner party. And as din­ner par­ties grew in pop­u­lar­ity, so too did the de­mand for some­where to store party para­pher­na­lia – which is why there was mas­sive de­mand for side­boards.

Side­boards not only of­fer a prac­ti­cal stor­age so­lu­tion, but are also a stylish ad­di­tion to any liv­ing or din­ing room.

You can use them to hide away un­sightly items you can’t bear to get rid of but don’t fit with your cur­rent aes­thetic, as well as hold all the crock­ery and cut­lery you could ever need to host the per­fect soirée.

If you want a truly au­then­tic 70s side­board, vin­tage fur­ni­ture em­po­ri­ums or even on­line mar­ket­places such as ebay are a trea­sure trove of sal­vaged pieces.

How­ever, if you want some­thing a lit­tle more con­tem­po­rary, the mar­ket is awash with side­boards in plenty of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, colours and sizes which will slot straight into your ex­ist­ing dé­cor.

Funky Fin­ish­ing touches the 70s was an era of fab­u­lous in­te­rior ac­ces­sories. And if you fancy dress­ing up your side­board top, some vin­tage-in­spired fin­ish­ing touches are a must.

House plants were ev­ery­where back then and right now, the UK in­te­rior scene is hav­ing a real love af­fair with all things botan­i­cal.

Not only are gar­den cen­tres go­ing big on in­te­rior plants, life­style shops and de­part­ment stores are also stock­ing fan­tas­tic col­lec­tions of gor­geous faux fo­liage.

Great news for those who don’t have the time or skills to keep real plants in tip top con­di­tion. If you do go down the faux route, re­mem­ber to give them a reg­u­lar dust!

Flip clocks were also a pretty big deal in the 70s and they are a great talk­ing point. Opt for an im­i­ta­tion piece that ben­e­fits from smart tech­nol­ogy to keep a track of leap years, odd months and day­light sav­ings time.

And fi­nally, cel­e­brate some of those fan­tas­tic 70s tunes with some fab­u­lous wall art pay­ing homage to the disco di­vas and soul stars of the decade. From ty­pog­ra­phy-led graphic prints to epic tour posters, there are plenty to choose from when it comes to cre­at­ing state­ment wall art.

Add some funk to your wall with this ty­pog­ra­phy-led art­work from Lime Lace. £15 There are 70s vibes aplenty in this gor­geous The Mys­te­ri­ous Trav­eller Taj Ma­hal Wall­pa­per from Mind The Gap, £175

Pret­tify your side­board top with this mini cop­per cube ter­rar­ium. £49.95 from The Ur­ban Botanist Add some retro style to your home of­fice with this black and or­ange cal­en­dar clock from Karls­son. £187 from Red Candy

A sta­ple of Sev­en­ties in­te­ri­ors, the hum­ble side­board has come back into fash­ion big time. This is the Berke­ley mar­ble side­board from Atkin and Thyme, priced at £799

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