The 70’s Revival: A warm wave of nostalgia in 2023’s decor trends


In the ever-evolving world of interior design, trends tend to come and go, but some eras hold a timeless charm that keeps making a comeback. One such era is the 1970s, a decade known for its iconic fashion, music, and, of course, interior design. This time around, the wavy warm colors of the ‘70s are making a resounding return to our homes in 2023.

Embracing the groovy color palette:
This year, interior designers are enthusiastically embracing these groovy colors, creating spaces that exude a nostalgic charm. Think rich ochre, burnt orange, avocado green, and deep brown. These shades bring a sense of comfort and nostalgia, transporting you back to a simpler, more carefree time.

The return of textured fabrics:
One hallmark of ‘70s interior design was the use of textured fabrics. Velour, shaggy rugs, and macramé wall hangings were all the rage. In 2023, we’re seeing a resurgence of these textured elements. Velvet couches, fringed pillows, and tufted headboards are adding a touch of luxury and tactility to modern homes. Contrasting textures, especially, stand out more prominently enhancing the blend.

Retro-inspired furniture:
Furniture from the ‘70s is making a big comeback, and for good reason. The era produced some timeless classics. Vintage-inspired pieces, with their clean lines and organic shapes, have found their way into contemporary interiors. The desire to mix the old with the new always creates an eclectic, curated look. Flank heavier pieces along the wall and juxtapose lighter ones with a contemporary more massed piece to strike the perfect balance.

Maximalism meets minimalism:
The ‘70s were known for their maximalist approach to design, often characterized by bold patterns and eclectic decor. In 2023, we’re seeing a clever fusion of maximalism and minimalism. The warm, earthy color palette of the ‘70s is being used in more restrained ways, creating a harmonious balance between bold and understated.

Lighting with a retro twist:
Lighting fixtures are getting a groovy makeover too. Sputnik chandeliers and globe pendants, reminiscent of the space-age designs of the ‘70s, are making a stylish return. These fixtures add a touch of whimsy and intrigue to modern spaces, casting a warm, inviting glow.

Bringing the outdoors in:
One of the defining features of ‘70s decor was the incorporation of natural elements into interiors. Indoor plants, rattan furniture, and wood accents were common. In 2023, we’re rediscovering the joy of bringing the outdoors in. Houseplants are adorning shelves and corners, while rattan chairs and wooden coffee tables add an organic touch to our living spaces.

The timeless appeal of 70’s design:
What makes the ‘70s design so enduring? Perhaps it’s the warm, inviting colors that evoke a sense of nostalgia and comfort. Or maybe it’s the fusion of boldness and simplicity that speaks to our desire for balance in today’s fast-paced world. Whatever the reason, the ‘70s comeback trend of 2023 is a testament to the timeless appeal of this iconic era.

The author is a Creative Director of I’m the Centre for applied Arts.