Often, 70s fashion, especially interior design, is thought to be very different from modern trends and decorating styles. However, when my grandma gave me an old decorating magazine from 1974, I was completely surprised by how many pieces within the copy translated into modern design. The magazine is filled with tips about decorating a home and ways to elevate pieces within a room. Though some of the patterns and colors are outdated, many decorating choices still hold true in today’s styles. The headlines could even be from a magazine today.
- White walls – Many of the rooms have bold print wallpaper which has actually gained popularity today. However, when a room did not have wallpaper, many of the pictures showed rooms painted white. From what I can tell, choosing white as a paint color allows furniture and accessories to stand out within a space.
- Patterns – The magazine shows the popularity of mixing patterns throughout all parts of a room, which can be outdated. However, the pictures do showcase the importance of mixing colors and patterns in order to make a room pop.
- Furniture – Most of the furniture within the magazine still fit within today’s fashion standards. Sectional sofas were highlighted throughout. Many of the couches are leather or a solid color. Many of the chairs and tables were acrylic, very popular in today’s interior trends.
- Carpeting – The entire magazine is filled with colored wall-to-wall carpeting along with area rugs in various rooms. Though colored carpeting is mostly outdated at this time, many homes still have wall-to-wall carpeting throughout each room.