Get the Look: 1970’s

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Inspiration, Tips & Trends

May 26, 2016

Home decor from the 1970s is no doubt memorable. The decade saw serious changes to the way homes were laid out – big, sunken living rooms, the prevalence of one-storey homes and the addition of breakfast nooks to the kitchen are just a few examples. The decade’s distinct color palette surrounded earthy tones juxtaposed against bold pops of colors, laid out in psychedelic-inspired patterns. The furniture was bold; made of experimental and non-traditional materials like plastic, in shapes that were outside the norm (think the tulip chair).

While a room straight out of the 1970’s would no doubt look very garish today, a room inspired by the decade delivers a relaxed and cool vibe in an at-ease manner. Here are some pieces from our showroom that are no doubt influenced by the 1970s and can easily be worked into a modern home without looking contrived.

Many people instantly think of the shag carpet when they think of 1970’s decor. While some versions of this look deserve to be banished strictly to memory, a well executed shag carpet has remained a stylish look and the Ronaldo is a great example of it.

The Glamour Chair has a tulip shape, a hallmark of 1970’s chair design. Many of the designs that emerged during this time were inspired by nature and tulip shaped chairs were one of them.

In the last few years we’ve seen a big resurgence in popularity of wall units. As people gravitate towards smaller homes, these pieces become a very logical choice as they make use of a home’s vertical square footage. The Online Wall Unit is a great example of a modern update to this very 70’s style of furniture.

Many modern sofas are similar to couches that were popular 40 years ago. Much like today, sectionals were very popular and the Mercury‘s profile and lines are very reminiscent of the 70s as is the tufting and colors on the Ava Sofa.

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