From rattan room dividers to velvet sofas and macrame accents, we are currently obsessed with this rebellious decade.

It’s not surprising that a generation of pushing boundaries, relaxed entertaining and essentially good old-fashioned fun is making an indisputable comeback. Post pandemic, there’s a desire for an easier way of life; a slower, more laidback feel and this undoubtedly begins at home. We want calm surroundings and the warm earthy tones of the 1970s give us exactly that. 

 

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We’ve seen an increased desire for nostalgia, too, with iconic designs from the era, namely Michel Ducaroy’s ‘Togo’ sofa or the Gubi Pacha Lounge Chair, originally designed by famed Pierre Paulin, rise in popularity. Low slung furniture, shag pile rugs, bamboo, boucle, and rattan are all gradually slipping back into our living rooms. Shades of ochre, pink, avocado, and chestnut brown, once baulked at, are now adored by contemporary interior designers. 

This season colours are generally more muted than their ‘70s brash predecessors, but then the patterns remain bold and striking in animal print or geometric shapes. Whinnie Williams, a designer renowned for her fearless design and love for all things kitsch, is wholly on board with this explosion of creativity.

Having transformed a derelict property into a ‘70s-inspired dream home, revamped a holiday caravan into a luxe Palm Springs style haven and launched her own vintage-feel homeware collection, Poodle & Blonde, we can safely say Williams is an authority on reigniting this much-loved period. “The ‘70s aesthetic, to me, is so wildly creative and ridiculous,” she says. “The shapes, the textures, the fun and the connection to nature is just so playful. To create the look, mix new with old and layer up all the textures you can.”

With fashion taking on this platform-loving decade, it seems our homes are also about to fall for the 1970s. So let’s get on the shag pile rug with the most talked-about trend for 2023…

The ‘70s aesthetic is so wildly creative and ridiculous - the shapes, the textures, the fun. Mix new with old and layer up where you can.

BELLISIMA IN MELA WALLPAPER, £115, Poodle & Blonde

 

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