Love the laid back vibe of 1970s’ rooms but want to give yours a contemporary twist? Here’s how
1 Find cool furniture
Ask any interior designer and they’ll tell you that every room needs a piece of furniture that acts as a focal point – whether a gorgeous armchair, four-poster bed or stylish dining table. The hanging egg chair was big in the 1970s and the last few years have seen a new fanbase for this eye-catching item. Put yours in a corner of a living room, den or teen room – or even hang it in the garden.
Save money by… re-upholstering an existing armchair in a bold print or by painting a piece of wooden furniture in a bright colour.
2 Choose a graphic print
The 1970s were all about graphic motifs – but for 2016, they’ve been super-sized on walls to create a contemporary finish, which makes them super-easy to recreate with paint and a roll of masking tape. Considering the colour scheme? Reject the browns and oranges of 40 years ago and go for fresh, inspiring shades instead – we love these tones but pastels work, too, for an easy-to-live-with look.
Save face by… keeping the basics of the scheme neutral – white or cream floors, ceilings and large pieces of furniture will keep the overall effect looking calm not chaotic.
3 Add comfort with fabrics and layering
Back in the day, deep shag pile carpets were all the rage, but we like to think that post-millennium, we are all a bit more practical – so, why not top off floorboards with faux sheepskin instead? Velvet for furniture – just like the velour we were all so enamoured with way back when – is perfect for creating that all important feeling of luxury, and a throw and a pile of cushions won’t hurt either.
Save time by… opting for a large, graphic art print rather than wallpaper. The bigger the better and a lot less elbow grease needed.
4 Dress the windows
Remember when everything from windows to cupboard doors were in a rich-coloured, varnished wood? Louvres were a favourite then, and you can update the look easily (and make a fabulous investment for future decades) with wooden plantation shutters in premium elm.
Save a furrowed brow by… checking out our measuring, designing and fitting video guides to get your shutters perfect first time.
Pic: California Shutters
5 Get groovy accessories
Big bold prints for bedlinen and cushion covers, faux fur throws, tons of metallics and over-sized houseplants (or wall art in the shape of palm leaves) are all winners in our book – and combined will create that over-the-top, atmospheric look you’re after.
Save space for… over-sized overhead lighting – whether a big globe shade or a massive pendant.
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