Back to the 70s

There seems to be a real movement recently – both in fashion and interiors – for simple, soft neutrals and lots of texture. 

In interiors especially, it’s a far cry from the slightly clinical, more Scandi-inspired trends we were seeing a few years ago where rose gold took precedence and stark white Ikea furniture seemed to filled our homes. While the latter may still be the case, interiors have grown much warmer and cosier. Deep mahogany wood and reclaimed oak is making a welcomed come-back while white, stark walls are being replaced by the deep dark hues of smoky greens, rich blues and even black.

Gallery walls – a must-have now it seems for every wall – are helping to inject personality and character up staircases and in living rooms above sofas. Flowers too have evolved. We’re still seeing vases filled with peonies come May and June, but it seems dried flowers are now having their day. Faded hydrangea heads in September, bright yellow billy buttons and dried cow parsley and seed heads are finding their way onto kitchen tables and bedside cabinets. Pampas grass has seen a resurgence too since the 1970s and is appearing in every other Instagram square.  

This movement towards cosy is always a welcoming one, especially at this time of year when the clocks go back and the evenings grow darker. Many of us look forward to adopting a more ‘hygge’ inspired feel to our home. It’s easy to create and yet, unlike many other trends, can feel individual and adaptable too. Textures in the home – like dried flowers, macramé and house plants – are not only inexpensive additions, but they’re perfect for home renters too; especially if white or magnolia walls come as standard.

It seems these 70s-inspired home trends are here to stay then, at least for the foreseeable future. I wonder what decade we’ll re-enter next?