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Vintage home focus: 1970s look

I’m on a quest to learn more about vintage furniture and home design style to help with my new job as Retail Manager at Emmaus Oxford.

Our shops sell a variety of items but mainly furniture and homewares, so I need to be able to spot a good’n!

From what I can gauge from the 70’s look is that it’s all about colour (think orange), texture (think shag pile carpets) and of course lava lamps!

space hopper

How to get the look (all pictures from Pinterest and should have URL link back):

Geometric and eclectic patterns – From wallpaper to carpet it was bright, bold and eye-catching. You can see these influences in pieces today by designers such as Orla Kiely. I think to get this look you could find scraps of 70s wallpaper and add to a glass frame to hang around the house or create a feature wall with the wallpaper. I think too much and it would be over kill but it could brighten key spots in your house.

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70s 2


Staffordshire mugs – These pieces follow on from the wallpaper theme. They can easily be found in charity shops & online and would add a nice pop of colour to any kitchen.


Key items – There are a few items you could add to your house to bring a 1970’s flavour. Bring the outdoors, indoors by creating a terrarium. Or add some alternative seating such as bean bag.


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bean bag

 White – Following on from 60’s space age adding some white pieces to contrast the colours works. You could try white lampshades.



Wood panelling – Lots of 70’s homes were floor to ceiling wood. This might be a bit much in today’s homes but one popular trend at the moment is creating a pallet wall using the wood from pallets – so trends do come round and round!



pallet wall

Wicker – The film ‘The Wicker Man’ was released in 1973 and it must have had an influence on designs at the time. Having one or two key wicker pieces would finish of a 1970’s home look – especially a peacock chair.


wicker 2


And so that’s my thoughts on a 1970’s style home look – what would you add? I think my faves (and easiest) would be to get a few Staffordshire mugs on display!

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