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Ah, the 1970s. The 60s might have been swingin', but the 70s were totally groovy, with Disco, Star Wars and terrible wallpaper being all the rage. 

Much of the decade's decor was all about colourful impact, while other designers focused on new environmentally friendly ideas. Others still preferred tasteful tan leather, chrome or newly available glass furniture. In other words, there remained a great deal of diversity when it came to taste.

While some see the 70s as a bit of a design disaster (see Del Boy's apartment if you don't believe me), others are still drawn to the tastes and trends of the period. 

With that in mind, here are some of our favourite design trends from the 1970s!


Creating a sunken sofa pit

These cosy, intimate features were a popular design choice for homes in the 1970s. They could make the living room a much more sociable area, and were often large enough to fit over a dozen people, or even additional furniture!

While sunken pits like this are, for lack of a better term, just plain cool, they can be difficult to add to a property. Creating a sunken sofa pit in your living room would require you to dig into your property's foundations, which could potentially cause structural issues. 

Because of this, it is usually best to speak to both a builder and structural engineer if you want to add a sunken sofa pit to your home. Of course, if you are designing a new build property, then you should be able to incorporate a pit into the design without any trouble.


Installing stone cladding

To be fair, every decade is allowed to have one or two terrible design trends.

Interior and exterior stone cladding was, unfortunately, quite popular in the 1970s. It was a shame, too, since many people installed it over Victorian brickwork, which these days could make a property much more appealing! This style of cladding was also difficult to remove.

Stone cladding was part of a general trend in the decade that went towards being bold and obtuse. The example below certainly manages that, especially when viewed beside that varnished wooden panelling, which remained popular after the 1960s.


Building an indoor garden

These days, indoor gardens are coming back in a big way. For city dwellers who are not fortunate enough to have outdoor garden space, creating an indoor garden can be a great way to relieve stress, grow useful materials and bring a bit of natural warmth into a property.

In the 1970s, however, indoor gardens could often go a bit... overboard. The decade saw many interior designers focusing on getting back to nature, with a focus on pro-environmental features such as skylights and wicker furniture. Indoor gardens were a big part of this, but they also came with their share of disadvantages. A poorly designed indoor garden could lead to issues with damp or even mould, and they could also make it easier for pests to establish themselves in a home. 

If you are eager to set up a proper 1970s style indoor garden, you should speak to a professional gardener, as well as a local damp proof specialist.


Decorating with bold colours

Today, we tend to prefer lighter colours when we design our homes. They are inoffensive, simple and liked by almost everyone. In the 1970s, however, people wanted colour, and lots of it!

Bright and obtuse colouring was all the rage, especially if you could get as many clashing colours in a room as possible. Orange was particularly popular, as was hideous avocado green. 

This taste did not just extend to walls and floors. Furniture, curtains, bedding and home accessories all got a tropical treatment, leaving many rooms looking like a packet of Opal Fruits.


Clashing patterns WITH bold colours

One of the most well known staples of 1970s design is brash and clashing patterns. These were everywhere, from geometric wallpaper to quilted tartan-patterned sofas. Of course, homeowners had no worries about whether or not the patterns in a room clashed, and often this could lead to a beautiful abstract mishmash of different patterns and colours.

Even if these patterns were not always easy on the eyes, they were certain distinctive. Just like with the 1960s, people still gravitate towards 1970s patterns, though these days they are more likely to be confined to a statement wall than an entire room!