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2016 interior design trends — 1970s inspired

This month our blogs will focus on a series of trends which you can expect to see a lot of this year. The first will inspire and terrify in equal measure, offering a feeling of nostalgia to some and a feeling of dread to others. Every year we see the re-emergence of a particular period. We saw 1950s and 1980s inspired design in recent years, but this year it is the turn of the 1970s.

1970s Designers

interior design trends 2016

Seventies prints have been on the market for a while now, and the popularity of designers such as Orla Riely may be the reason for the rise in popularity. Kiely’s designs are clearly recognisable as being Seventies inspired, although bright white backgrounds are used to offer a more contemporary feel.

The new range of MissPrint products at John Lewis have also been received well, specialising in kitchenware and bedding. Jonathan Adler, the American designer, has a range of styles, not only in Interior products but also fashion. Parts of his collection, although experimental, shows a clear correlation between Seventies prints in terms of the use of colour and pattern.


70s design inspiration

The original interior above shows the basic principles of Seventies design. Bold use of colours and prints, layering of materials and clean lines created with the use of dark materials, which contrast the colour palette. Creating a traditional Seventies interior is easy, as currently there is so much available on the market. Above is just a selection of products available today which can be used to create a scheme inspired by this era. However as with all trends, it is best not to overdo it. Creating a feature wall with Seventies prints, sourcing a piece of vintage furniture or just adding a few bold print cushions will allude to the trend, without overpowering the space.

Contemporary 1970s design

contemporary 1970s interior design

The above images might also help inspire you to create a scheme, which although takes inspiration from the period, is more appropriate for contemporary living.

  1. Vintage furniture is used in bright colours and is teamed up with bold printed rugs. However the flooring and walls are neutral, brightening and enlarging the space.
  2. Contemporary furniture is incorporated here, but the colour palette has been used to reflect the era.
  3. The main focal point of this space is the wall art used to add interest, using prints and colours found in Seventies design.
  4. Very neutral, clean space with the use of vintage furniture, but again using neutral colours.
  5. The rise of Hollywood was a big factor in interiors from the fifties onwards, and those who shied away from the bold prints of the Seventies used high quality finishes to add luxury to their interiors. This is something worth trying if overly decorated interiors are not your thing but you want to stay up to date with the latest trends.
  6. Dark wood can be used to frame an interior and in this instance this does not impact negatively on the perceived space within the room due to the large windows.

I hope this has given you some ideas, as well as showing that the trend does not need to be used with the same intensity as that from which it has developed. Next in the 2016 interior design trends series we take a look at interiors and colour schemes inspired by Delft pottery.

Stay tuned for regular updates on interior design trends, news and updates from the NDA!


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