Sweeping bell bottoms, hippies with flowers in their hair and groovy disco moves take us back to a time when the internet didn’t yet exist and people were hooked onto many spy movies on TV. Looking back, some of the trendiest lifestyle practices back then may strike us as odd today, but back then, it totally worked.
The 60s and 70s were a time of experimentation when the younger generation broke many conservative family norms and introduced the concept of free love. Among the various aspects of life in the 60s and 70s is, of course, the home designs. You can bring the unmistakable style of that era into your home today with these amazing retro ideas:
Strikingly Warm Colours
One of the hallmarks of the 60s and 70s interior design is the inclusion of bold warm colours, including striking red and orange. These colours were often used together to create a very strong atmosphere, one that inspired conversation and activity. These warm colours are often balanced out with neutral earthy colours like beige or off-white, especially on the walls and furniture.
Trippy Curved Furniture
Interior designers in the 60s and 70s were big fans of rounded and curved furniture, including sofas, chairs, coffee tables and beds. You’ll remember the introduction of the space helmet TV during this era. You don’t have to overdo the ’rounded’ theme, as incorporating one or two round pieces is good enough.
Whether it’s on the carpets or a central conversation piece, the retro interior design makes full use of geometric lines. These geometric designs are often introduced to balance out the rounded elements in the room and can be incorporated into any part of the design, including book cases.
Shades of the Same
If you take a look at many 60s and 70s interiors, you’ll notice a common trend where the colours used to decorate the room are all the same colour, but different shades. The practice of using colours as highlights to a neutral background is actually something that’s very new and not widely seen in designs from that era. So if you want to start decorating your space in a retro style, it’s time to pick a single colour scheme.
Have You Heard of Conversation Pits?
One piece of design that truly exemplifies the 60s and 70s is the conversation pit. It’s basically a seating area that forms an enclosed or semi-enclosed layout so that people can socialise much easier. Conversation pits are often sunken into the ground, and some of the most far-out designs even include a hot tub in the midst of the pit!
Science Fiction Inspired
Space travel captured the imagination of the general public during the 60s and 70s as this was the era when the first men were launched into space and landed on the moon. Science fiction made its way into interior design too, and soon people were decorating their homes like space ships and furnishing it to look like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Having retro designs in your home doesn’t mean that you need to revamp everything. Incorporating old and new can always work to your advantage and give your home a unique look that’s really about being original and creative. To begin groovy-fying your home, just look up any of our renovators here on Kaodim and receive free quotes!
written by Michelle Chee