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70s Glam Report

The 1970s was the decade that turned funky into fun, made us swoon over shag, and paved the way for many of the design aesthetics you still see in homes today. Here, an expansion of the Trend Report from the March 2019 issue has even more inspiration to help you incorporate the glam of the 70s into the modern style of your own home.

Lucite and Acrylic

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By 1970, clear acrylic and lucite furniture (made from plexiglass) had taken over living rooms across the country. You can make your own acrylic furniture or you can shop from the widely available options on the market right now from stores like West Elm, All Modern, CB2, and many more.

We like: Jolly Table, $195;

Arc Lamps

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An arc lamp serves two purposes: It can add a feeling of subtle motion to a room, which can balance out more static furniture lines, and it can add more dispersed light to a room without central ceiling fixtures. The designs of arc lamps are varied–with styles that feature pendants, drum shades, and metallic features—so you can be sure that you'll be able to fit one into the decor of your home.

We like: George Kovacs Polished Chrome Arc Floor Lamp, $378;


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Shag, in its heyday, covered floors, walls, and even furniture with its dense, high-pile weave. Dialed down a notch, the covering can add a lot of texture, color, and warmth to a room. We love using it in bold area rugs to soften hardwood or concrete floors, and in accent pillows and throws to add neutral layers. Plus, the smaller items are less commitment than wall-to-wall carpet, so you can try out shag guilt-free.

We like: Sherpa Fleece Pillow, $49;

Cantilevered Furniture

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Sculptural furniture takes its inspiration from the Bauhaus movement and added subtle style to many 1970s rooms—and rooms of today. Pieces that use a mix of materials—like leather over a metal frame, for example—highlight the shapeliness even more. Use cantilevered seating for dining chairs, office furniture, or living room loungers, then pair them with a lucite coffee table to score more 70s glam… and to keep the furniture feeling light and modern. Pair it with a lucite coffee table to score more 70s glam...and to keep the furniture in a room feeling light and modern.

We like: Alchemy Dining Armchair, $199;

Metallic Wallpaper

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Add pattern to a room by using the bold strokes of metallic wallpaper. In modern homes, this works well when used on an accent wall, in a smaller space such as a bathroom, or to add a layer of texture behind a wall of built-in shelving. Rose gold is all the rage right now and has the remarkable ability to be both pretty and bold. It's our current fav!

We like: Archetype Gray and Rose Gold Wallpaper, $100/roll;


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The fabric's sheen came to life under disco lights. Today, it dresses up throw pillows, blankets, and chairs in stores ranging from high end to big box. We've fully embraced the particular loveliness of crushed velvet and use it in colors ranging from jewel tones to subtle creams and whites. If you're new to the fabric, try adding one pop of velvet to start and layer up from there.

Cube Furniture

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Clean lines, crisp colors, and sharp angles make the trend of cube furniture one that's stayed the course. Look for big, chunky blocks in pieces like low coffee tables or modular sectionals to try this out at home. Remember: You can mix styles, using an angular table with a couch that has softer lines, to up the cozy factor of your own space.

Super Graphics

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Bold graphics were commonly used to divide areas of rooms, to add accents to a wall with just the help of paint, or to show off a fearless sense of style. You can go with a wall treatment similar to the ones in these retro rooms, or ground a space with pattern by using a supergraphic rug. P.S. Get extra points for going double-duty with a boldly patterned shag rug!

We like: Turnstyle Retro Shag Rug, $379 (5'×7'6");


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High-shine chrome—especially in thin but sturdy tubular forms—looks luxe propping up chairs, tables, and lighting. The subtle reflective nature of chrome can add texture to a room with a hint of an industrial feel. We like to pair chrome decor accents with warm fabrics to ensure that the overall feel of the room is inviting and warm. Look for chrome accented coffee tables, side tables, lamps, and vases.


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There's good orange, and there's bad orange...and we bet you've seen them both! This color is still groovy, but it can be so good in the modern iterations that feature soft coral undertones. Try it as an accent color in a room on accessories such as a lamp base or a side table, on painted furniture, or paired with neutrals like gray or navy to keep it to just the right dose.

We like: Orange Slice paint; 2002-1B Valspar