Retro Revival: Vintage Vibes with a Modern Twist
There’s something about the 1970s that feels inherently cool. Maybe it’s the vintage graphics, the groovy patterns, or the freedom of the overall laid-back vibe. The nostalgia to don boogie shoes again has taken over the world of home furnishings and decor, and we’re here for it. Retro reimagined is the name of the game, as we take a trip back in time while staying forward in style.
Combine Classic & Current
The key to making a 70s aesthetic work today is all about balance. Incorporate the curved shapes, vibrant colors, and geometric patterns of the hippie era alongside contemporary pieces. For example, paisley or floral print wallpaper can be paired with a sculptural sofa to create a chic and playful living space. A shag rug or mushroom lamp in a bold color can add a touch of retro flair to a minimalist bedroom. Or imagine a vintage-inspired, chunky fridge with all the modern amenities, like a built-in ice maker and smart technology. Updating mid-century must-haves with unexpected convenience is as stylish as it is functional.
Bring in Natural Textures
Incorporating natural textures like woven baskets, rattan chairs, macrame wall hangings, and fringed or leather poufs is an inviting way to add a touch of the bohemian flair that was popular in the 70s. It was also peak plant-mom era, so bring in lots of green. The mix of relaxing textures creates a casual, tactile environment that’s comfortable for lounging with records, but still feels refined and “now.” For the same reason, pieces upholstered in crushed velvet and boucle are also trending. They’re rich and sumptuous, iconic for the decade of self-expression
Blend a Neutral Palette With Cozy Colors
To keep your look feeling clean and elevated, it’s important to avoid going overboard with the funky 70s elements. Too much psychedelic pattern or bright color can quickly make the space feel cluttered and chaotic. Instead, focus on creating a few key moments that capture the essence of the era, while keeping the rest of the space simple and streamlined.
Stick to a neutral base. Think oatmeal, sand, warm brown, black, and white. These colors create a pared-back foundation that can be built upon. Warming up your palette with pops of 70s hues like earthy greens, oranges, and mustard yellows makes a huge impact, creating that welcoming environment that’s so familiar. By using these colors sparingly, as accents in pillows or art (especially vivid pop art), you can add just the right amount of retro charm without overwhelming the space.
Our Favorite 70s-Inspired Furniture & Decor
Fusing the wavy shapes and energetic colors of the 70s aesthetic into your home decor can be a fun way to add personality and charm to your space. To revisit the past in a way that feels sophisticated, shop modern, affordable products at Overstock and get free shipping on everything!*
- Home Trends