About this decade's interior design style and a curated color palette!
As the name states, this interior design style originally came about in the 1970s. The iconic and distinct aesthetics which came about during this decade were considered controversial for quite some time; some loved it and some hated it.
Despite this, 1970s interior design has been regaining somewhat of its popularity since the late 1990s (hence “revival”) and many continue to draw inspiration from it today.
Now, onto some of the key elements of this style that make it what it is.
Bold and earthy colors. Greens, oranges, yellows - this decade’s style was known for it’s vibrant color palette that was used for walls, furniture, and various decorative elements. It also made use of earthy tones to balance out the vibrant colors.
Geometric patterns, bold florals, and psychedelic prints were also prevalent in upholstery, curtains, and wallpaper.
Sunken living rooms, and of course, the iconic conversation pit.
Furniture often featured sleek lines and curves. Egg chairs, bean bags, and modular seating arrangements were iconic pieces commonly seen in 1970s design.
Avant-garde lighting. Chrome and metallic finishes were popular choices.
Curated Color Palette
As mentioned earlier, the most prominent colors of 1970s interior design were earthy tones (browns and beiges) and colors such as avocado green, harvest gold, burnt orange, and mustard yellow.
From what I’ve observed, burnt orange in particular seems to be the defining color of this decade’s style. Below I’ve curated a color palette with some of the most used colors from this decade using Sherwin-Williams paint colors - take a look!
Here is the Sherwin-Williams color list from this palette:
Obstinate Orange (SW 6884)
Sunflower (SW 6678)
Overt Green (SW 6718)
Saddle Up (SW 9099)
Soft Fawn (SW 9097)
Hopefully you enjoyed learning a little bit about the history and key elements of 1970s Revival, as well as the color palette!
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