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Küche im Stil der 70er mit Laminatboden
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Saturday Night Fever: Living the 70s lifestyle

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Night fever, night fever – we know how to do it! And true fans of the unique style of living from the seventies can say the same about their furnishings; after all, this disco decade is celebrating its comeback and there are now countless easy possibilities to add retro charm to your own home. Just imagine it: your interior can be as diverse and colourful as the decade itself.


Disco meets interior design 

It’s the decade of disco music, long flowing hairstyles and movie classics like ‘Jaws’. But you’ll be hard pressed to find a feature of the 1970s that sticks in your mind as much as the furnishings and interior design of your parents or grandparents from this era. Whether it was bright colours or fancy shapes on wallpaper that covered entire walls, it was as if the residents were visually letting off steam through their furnishings.

authentische 70s-Einrichtung

The beauty of geometric forms 

Some people may find them soothing, others may find they make an exciting, almost psychedelic impression: that’s right, we’re talking 70s patterns. One of the most striking features of an authentic 70s interior looks like something straight out of an early geometry lesson. The arrangement of circles, triangles or squares of all different colours and sizes is a matter of opinion. What is certain, however, is that they absolutely have to feature in the retro look we are striving for. In Germany at least, the best-known example of this can probably be seen in the floral brand symbol of a well-known washing-up liquid manufacturer from the time, which adorned kitchen tiles in the form of colourful stickers. How many childhood memories of yesteryear spring to mind when you think back on prints and motifs like these?

It’s hardly surprising, then, that this recurring trend has contributed to the fact that more and more wallpapers can be found in furniture and DIY stores that wouldn’t have looked at all out of place in our parents’ first homes. If you want, you can even dig out your old set square and compass and let your creativity run wild with colour on the walls.

To achieve the desired effect, there are only a few rules that DIY painters should stick to:

  • Keep it simple
    A mixture of different shapes can confuse the harmonious look you want. With this in mind, stick to either just circles or just squares.
  • Choose colours from one colour family
    To achieve a vibrant effect with your patterns, it makes sense to choose different shades from the same colour family. For example, yellow and orange tones can be combined with red and brown, or a composition of blue, pink and violet can shine for all its worth.
  • Symmetry is important
    The patterns should follow a defined order and have uniform spacing as far as possible.

Whatever the heart desires: Furnishing in your favourite colour 

The most attractive thing about the 70s style is probably the broad colour palette and the range of possible combinations this creates. After all, pretty much anything you like goes – and the more colourful, flamboyant and ostentatious, the better! Living room furnishings in pink and orange are just as common as pink-tiled bathrooms and kitchens with bright blue and green accessories.

But where did the sudden urge for colour come from? Well there are several possible explanations for this. First of all, households started to welcome colour televisions for the first time as black-and-white sets largely fell by the wayside. And then there’s the fact that the plastics industry had already been experiencing a sustained boom for years, which meant it was easier than ever to bring countless design ideas to life.

Back to the future: Innovations and more 

The 1970s successfully laid the foundations for countless technical innovations that we couldn’t imagine ever being without today. What is now taken for granted by the young people of today was an absolute novelty for the generation of the time: The PC era began with the founding of companies like Microsoft and Apple, and the first video game flickered across home screens in the form of ‘Pong’. Science fiction classics like ‘Star Trek’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Alien’ were the pop-cultural reaction to the conquest of space from the 1960s onwards, offering creative illustrations of how the future could look.

Inspired by these exciting visions, more and more futuristic-looking accessories started to enter people’s homes. Archetypal representatives of this trend include arc lamps with metal shades.


There’s no place like home with rustic oak 

The futuristic glamour of the era was contrasted with solid furniture made of local wood. The 1970s was also the decade that sparked the popularity of environmental protection and nature conservation. The oil crisis and the burgeoning criticism of mass consumption fuelled the demand for furniture made of high-quality, natural materials with a longer lifespan than products made of cheap plastic. Remnants of decades gone by can often be found at flea markets or even still in your grandparent’s house.

  • Opulent walls of cupboards that took up a large part of the room formed the basis of countless living rooms.
  • And perish the thought that tables and shelves might not be carved from the same wood. The interior wouldn’t be complete without a matching real wood floor, such as MeisterParquet. longlife in ‘Rustic golden brown oak 8487’.
  • Another style of interior design that had almost been forgotten is wooden panelling on walls or ceilings. This was still widespread in the 1970s and provided a contrast to bright, colourful patterns in many homes. Today, wall and ceiling panelling is making a fierce and stylish comeback in the form of decorative panels that are easy to apply and add a warm, cosy touch to any room. The decorative and system panels – or even real wood panels – as we know them today have a more modern look to them. This means that no only do they work perfectly with a retro style, but they also complement the cosy Nordic ‘hygge’  vibe and other on-trend furnishing styles beautifully. The designs are bright, welcoming and subtly tinted for just the right dose of the 70s effect. 

    These gorgeous designs are just a few examples:
Echtholzkommode im Retro-Stil
Arbeitsplatz im Stil der 70er Jahre
Retro Kommode
Tipp: Verkleiden von Wänden klappt auch mit Parkett und Lindura-Holzboden und ist eine schöne Upcycling-Idee falls nach der Boden-Verlegung noch Dielen übrig sind. 

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