Between the perfect pairing of wood and avocado green, the pops of copper and orange and The Green Lady portrait, the 1970s feeling is there, but without a hint of irony in sight.
Jewel colours layered over a neutral base were a way for the newly well travelled of the 1970s to channel their adventures into their homes. Mexico, Tangier and India were now destinations that were being admired for their native style. Here, the sandy tones of the walls and textiles are kissed by the shots of blue that inject the feeling of crystal pools or a twilight sky from foreign climates. Jet-set gorgeous!
Retro chic can apply to any room in the house. Case in point – this very modern all-white bathroom is grounded and given a punch of personality via a very 1970s-style floor tile pattern. The green and yellow starburst is part Mediterranean getaway, part kitchen wallpaper of the era, but as the flooring for a cool family bathroom, it is bang on.
Any collection – especially one of treasured vintage nostalgia-inducing trinkets – deserves a proper showcase. The retro chic here comes boldly in the form of the mid-century wallpaper. The Festival of Britain pattern is pared back by being kept neutral, with only a hint of mustard here and there. It’s all in the name of a fun collection of mementos and memories.
Explore the world of 1970s style through an opened door to the tropics. The colour palette of brights – from azure blues to flamingo pinks – and the floral vine motif make this chic curtain the most tropical of textiles. Like something out of a classic thriller, the cool cane chair in brilliant white creates a vantage point from which to soak up the atmosphere. All that is missing is a ceiling fan and the treasure map.
Slip into the dark shadows of 1970s style by embracing a chic but almost Hammer horror-esque surrounding. This opulent office setting – complete with blood-red chair of world-domination proportions, tone-on-tone rug and retro portraits – is a whimsical setting not for the faint of heart. If Liberace were a vampire, this is where he might do his paperwork (after dark, of course).
Take the popular tapestry look of a bygone era and apply a very modern take. This standard contemporary rug is placed on the wall to act as wallpaper-cum-yarn art. As the backdrop to a distressed cabinet topped with a jewel-blue lamp, the look is eclectic and full of texture. See this as a mish-mash that works and be inspired to create your own.
Retro chic is greatly about shapes and textures. Here, the expected riotous colour palette is nowhere to be seen. Instead, a cool masculine grey sets the tone and the layered textiles and diverse shapes create the nostalgia. The borderline shag-pile carpet, the modern patchwork rug, the gloss table – they all hint at past while coming together to form maximum modernity.
Wallpapering in such a bold colour is daring, but the pay off is divine. A grey mid-century sofa, despite the distinct shape and buttonned accents, cannot lift a room the way the choice of this yellow wallpaper can. The character of the seating comes alive when supported by the sunny hue, which plays a balancing game with the other neutral tones. Sweet harmony.
A slick and solid wood sideboard transcends time, but when peppered with glass objects, typographic trinkets and a pelican lamp, it becomes a retro bolt-hole. More so, the pixilated print is a 1970s celluloid throwback. The grain of the pixilation and the intimate moment amps up the borderline cult movie moment to a level of high art.