Dream big with worldly and organic elements woven into a naturally nostalgic bedroom scene
Embrace the wild side of the 1970s with the Elektra patterned hanging rattan bowl chair, £625; Yanamarie mahogany poles shelving unit, £675, and Trudi glazed globe hanging lamp in Smoky Grey, £150, all from Out There Interiors
The best bit about the resurgence of the 1970s trend is that, whether you were there first time around or not, the latest take on one of the most famous interior eras is both subtly and sensitively done. There is tactile texture in the form of shagpile rugs, fringes, tassels and woven rattan takes on warm and earthy hues, plus worldly prints and patterns that have an artisanal edge. And this bohemian play on the 1970s works particularly well in the bedroom, where it creates a calming, comforting vibe. ‘This decade is often associated with bold bright tones, however there’s actually a much more neutral and natural side to this era,’ explains Jakki Pay, fashion and home design director at House of Fraser. ‘It’s really easy and achievable to recreate this look, by working with different textiles, textures and prints and layering duvet covers, pillows, cushions and throws. The muted tones and relaxed styling create an understated bohemian feel that won’t overhaul the whole bedroom décor.
Natural materials, from garden leaves and indoor plants to rattan furniture, jute, bedding and blankets, all create a wholesome scene. Mattress, from £649, herdysleep. Nomad taupe knitted stool, £100; and Misty Blue small aluminium enamelled bowl, £18, both Libra
Much of the inspiration behind this look comes from a time where people started travelling more and opening their homes up to worldly influences, she adds. ‘We’ve sourced a patchwork of techniques, from mark-making to hand-stitching and tactile fringing, so expect natural materials, tribal prints and plenty of earthy, sun-dried colour. I love the little variations that make artisanal textiles and ceramics unique and that’s why this trend has such staying power and is really workable today.’
One-off designs that don’t fit a mould offer a perfect antidote to our mass-produced modern-day, agrees Mariella Hostrup Buus of Lene Bjerre Design. ‘The authenticity and warmness of the designs and colours from the 1970s have been passed on in a subtle way to today,’ she enthuses. ‘Handmade items give a human and unique feeling, while textiles are allowed to be uneven, loose and wrinkled. The bedroom welcomes a warm and woven texture, to really emphasise our need for cocooning and going off-line.’
In amongst this soothing scene, don’t miss the chance to inject some of the original 1970s colour palette; think avocado greens, browns and oranges mixed against yellows and golds, says Bronwen Harris of Poliform. ‘For today’s ode to this era choose these colours as accents in the rugs or upholstery, using white to cool down the mix of tones and patterns,’ she advises. ‘If you are brave, mash bold patterns on curtains that contradict with the rest.’ Because the beauty in this nostalgic tale is that you can take the era’s inspiration and reinvent it in your own style.
Bringing natural luxury 1970s-style are this Fern print duvet cover, from £50; pillowcases and cushions, from £10; kilim wool rug, £350; golden side table with marble top, £120; and golden reading lamp with marble base, £80, all Zara Home
STYLE TIME MACHINE - Jenny Hurren, director of Out There Interiors, shares how to bring the best of the 1970s into the 21st century
NATURAL BRIGHTS The 1970s may have been bold and ‘out there’ but by choosing a few classic colours from the same natural-toned palette you can bring the best of this look into a more muted modern-day vibe. Brown, red, orange and yellow were best friends back then and combined they make the perfect classy take on contemporary retro for today’s all-new homemakers.
FRINGE FESTIVAL Imagine a fringed leather jacket but for your home. Fringes and tassels are a real thing right now, and perfect for adding to your 1970s style. Think outside the box and opt for fringed furniture, rather than simply accessories. If you do decide to accessorise, lampshades offer a fun take on the trend.
SHARP PATTERN I’d recommend keeping patterns to a minimum but if you’re going to do it, go bold! One strong and imposing blast of chaos will tide over the rest of the room and create enough of an impact to really be a talking point. A feature wall or even simply a bold bedspread could be all you need for a 1970s angle.
TEXTURED MIX Mix up your textures with leather,
velvet, wool and plastic (it really can be fantastic!). Rattan furniture and thick chunky knits will all create tactile interest, especially set against a neutral background. We still harp back to this retro style for a reason, so whatever you do don’t take it too seriously - make sure it’s fun.
Here rattan, tassels and macramé take centre stage against white walls and sleek furniture. Kinsella rattan kingsize bed, £1,800; Pommed Kimbra quilt, from £278; Pommed Kimbra pillowcases, £68 per pair; Tufted Somora rug, from £348, all Anthropologie
Q & A With Justin Marr of Zinc Textile
Can you tell us about the fabrics pictured below?
Yes, they come from Zinc Textile’s latest Geronimo collection, inspired by Navajo tribal motifs. We have translated them on to a diverse range of cloths and in a varied colour palette to create a fresh, contemporary twist on the trend. We are recognised for our 1970s-inspired collections, and Geronimo is no different, this room really embraces the carefree, unusual look that bohemian 1970s style is remembered so favourably for.
Can you tell us about the materials used here and how they work with this trend? This image sees chunky fabrics formed of jute, knitted chenille yarns, bold embroidery and subtly refined linen; these refer to the more rustic origins of this important trend, while also adding textural intrigue to the room. They’re also very comfortable and calming too.
How is this look ideal for the bedroom?
This 1970s bohemian style is ideal for bedrooms: the warm, earthy colours have long been known to produce a restful and restorative ambience, perfect to fall asleep in. This look works well for a chilled-out summer vibe, and you could bring in even more layers for autumn and winter. More is more when describing 1970s bohemian style, so mix up scale, pattern, weight and touch, and don’t worry about things jarring – contrast is good here.
How can we create this look from a blank palette?
An interior that embraces this trend should appear busy and yet confident in its fullness. Fill wall surfaces with textiles and colour, and don’t approach a room too scientifically, it’s really important you follow your own instincts to create the look. With textiles, if you do find you’ve brought too many patterns or textures to the room you can easily take one away or tone it down, but it’s always worth trying them out together first.
Set the scene with this wall-hanging in Geronimo fabric, £139 per m, and layer texture with a headboard in Algonquin, £119 per m; throw in Poncho Stripe, £135 per m; bench in Mojave, £119 per m, and contrasting cushions from the Geronimo collection, from £79 per m, all Zinc Textile
Article by: Victoria Hrastic