Right-on retro from the 1970s
RETRO chic is still topping the trend lists when it comes to accessories, with influences from the 1940s, right through to the 1970s still having a huge impact on interior fashion.
Here, we take a closer look at the 1970s – a time when flares and Afros ruled and oranges, acid greens and plastics took preference over any neutral shades – and discover how to weave them into your home.
It's enough to make some of us wince. But if you're brave enough to dabble in a bright orange, yellow or red felt feature wall or clad a lamp in a feather or knitted fuchsia, cardigan-type shade – all in the name of interior fashion – then this trend is right up your street.
It's not about going completely overboard and donning shades and bell-bottoms just so you feel at home in your house (although you can go as far as you see fit) – it's equally trendy to add subtle hints of the trend to book, CD, or DVD shelves with vinyl book-ends and coasters – or to the kitchen with a Disco Washing Up Sponge brush, £5.99 from Getting Persona, or a retro coffee tin.
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Alternatively, just throw some bright, rainbow coloured, orange or patterned scatter cushions on to your bed or a sofa to give the room a retro touch.
If you want to invest in a piece of vintage furniture, look for an old-fashioned radio or display cabinet to house your favourite trinkets which can be picked up in various antiques or vintage furniture stores in Exeter and Topsham.
Try a retro phone in red, teal, cream or grey to give a vintage hint to those lines of communication with Berry Red's funky dial landlines – just like we had in the 1970s. Or pick up a Verner Panton S Chair, inspired by Verner, one of the most influential designers of the 1960s and 1970s.
Whatever your memories of the decade, opinions on its fashion or music trends, or your view on the 1970s interiors revival, there's sure to be an item out there to match your tastes and add a touch of retro chic to your pad – however small, palatial, remote or urban it is.
Here are a few of our top picks from a range of products currently on the market.