Blast From the Past: Living Rooms in the 70’s VS Now


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Times certainly have changed in the realm of living room styles since the 70s, so we’ve taken the liberty of revisiting the past and reviewing the transformations undergone by the typical American living room from the 70’s until now. We’ve also given you a few ideas on how to incorporate the different eras into your living room today. You ready for this blast from the past?

 

 

The 70’s

Where the word ‘retro’ was born, the 70’s was filled with neon colors and bold prints and adorned with delightfully gaudy accessories. Let’s take a deeper look at the living room home trends:

 

Books

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Libraries were a common focal point in living rooms in the 70’s.  Scattered about against the wall, books provided a simple and easy way to spruce up any living room. With their varied colors against a stark backdrop, the overall look of books fit in very well with the 70’s vibe, and we still see books featured in modern living rooms today.

Bulkea Buy: Get the Look

Add a touch of 70’s inspired home decor in your room with our  Asymmetrical Cube Bookcase and get a mini library in your living room

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Coaster Bookcases Contemporary Asymmetrical Cube Bookcase, Cappucino

 

Geometric Furniture

Strong geometric furniture pieces were a commonality in the 70’s. Squares, circles and rectangles all comfortably fit into this category and were often used to make living rooms fit in with the norm. Sharp, defined edges were what was sought after, compared to the softer edges of popular furniture styles present today. With all of the different shapes, it reminds us of a Tetris game!

Bulkea Buy: Get the Look

Have a furniture sofa piece that captures the geometric 70’s feel without going too harsh maintaining soft edges with our Natalia Retro Sofa. Comes in black and heather gray

Coaster Natalia Retro Sofa w/ Flared Arms

 

Psychedelic Wallpaper

 Bright, mesmerizing colors were the Go-To for walls in the 70’s. Rather than paint, the convenience and simplicity of wallpaper proved to be too appealing to ignore which led it to become a huge trend boom, in living rooms especially. The bright colors were to allude to the hippie movement which was spurred in the 60’s and took the world on in full force during the 70’s.

Get the Look

Instead of going all out and completely covering your walls with 70’s inspired wallpaper (which we think may be a tad bit too overwhelming), try going for a retro art piece on a canvas, or several depending on the size. It would be the perfect flash of color to spruce up your living room.

Mid Century Art - Retro - Stripes - Canvas Print - Red, Purple, White - Abstract Art - Large Wall Art - " Swivel "
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Now

We’ve had a look at the popular living room trends in the 70’s, and now comes the fun part – seeing modern trends and comparing and contrasting them with their 70’s counterparts and seeing how much we have transformed in tastes since then – and also how much we have incorporated 70’s trends in our living rooms today.

Blue

Blue has been a big color focal point in the recent years, especially in 2015. Whether you completely dive in and paint a few walls blue or decide to take the safer route opting to pepper a few blue home decor accessories about, the alluring blue trend is still being fulfilled and taking modern day living rooms by storm in the best way.

Bulkea Buy: Get the Look

Meet in the middle with the Blue trend and get  blue home decor accent pieces that will help tie your living room together perfectly with our Wesby Bench.

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Furniture of America Wesby Bench W/Blue Flax Fabric CM-BN6199BL

 

Furniture Color Pop

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We can’t help but think this trend looks familiar and is making a slight nod towards previous 70’s trends. Bold pops of color against an otherwise muted background of either white or beige has been popular in the recent years. Vibrant sofas, tables, and lovseats galore, all bright furniture colors and home decor are welcomed with this trend known for making living rooms unique and bringing forth feelings of positivity.

Bulkea Buy: Get the Look

Channel the Color Pop trend with our Claire sofa in a vibrant yellow that will be sure to always uplift the mood. Also comes in blue and green.

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Furniture of America Claire Sofa Seat (W/ 2 Pc Pillow), Yellow Fabric,Cm6266Yw-Sf

 

Living Room Gallery Art Walls


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This fun recent trend really lets your creative side come out, and what we think is great about it is that even if others are following the same trend, every recreation of it differs – you, the designer get to determine what picture frames are used, what photos, positioning and the color scheme of it all. This is one of those trends with very relaxed boundaries leaving you free to take whatever route you so choose and really get a chance to make it your own. Could this be the modern version the 70’s bookshelves trend with a twist?

 

And we have finally come full circle. Which trend was your favorite?