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The decade that tasteful forgot

Interiors inspiration from the 1970s

There’s a cliche about 1970s decor – it involves purple shagpile, garish patterns, avocado-coloured bathroom suites and lots and lots of plastic. Unfair, we say. The 70s are the newest period for interiors inspiration. Why didn’t we look at them before?

 

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Looking for inspiration? Sky Atlantic’s new show, Vinyl, created by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, features a lush range of hip, moneyed interiors from the decade. We’re also highly enamoured of the Instagram account @Daughterofthe70s. The owner has a keen eye for a good retro interior shot and shares her vintage picture finds regularly.

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Top plants

There are fashions in house plants like everything else (we’ve fallen for succulents like every other 2010-er), but the 1970s love for potted greenery was quite pronounced. New plants are an easy way in to a new look. Go for foliage, rather than flowers, and bold shapes. Classics of the era include the Swiss cheese plant (£19.99, Waitrose), ferns (£12.75, Bakker Spalding) and the school-staff-room favourite, the spider plant (£6.95, Gardens4You).

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Move on down

The Togo sofa from French furniture company Ligne Roset was launched in the early 1970s and was the world’s first all-foam sofa, made more for lounging about rather than formally entertaining visitors. You can still buy the Togo; prices vary depending on fabric and set up but you’ll be looking at a starting point of around £2,000. Determined hunters can scout for originals online. Cheaper, but true to the low-slung retro vibe, is Blue Suntree’s Modus range, kicking off at £750.

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