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What Goes Around, Comes Around

It’s so disheartening when something you remember wearing as though it was yesterday, is currently considered “retro.” Very similar to the way it feels when you realize that the songs from your youth can easily be found on the “oldies” station. But it’s the law of the universe really; there are cyclical patterns in weather, cyclical fluctuations in the stock market, cyclical trends in fashion and a big one we have noticed lately is an interior design movement. In the spirit of, “everything old is new again,” the latest trend we’re seeing is a reemergence of the seventies.

There are eras in interior design that some would say are best forgotten. All eras have some bad taste of course – but it took the 70s to make bad taste triumphant. Who can forget the avocado green and harvest gold color scheme which was considered de rigueur circa 1972? Or the patterns and wall art which are iconic ’70s? The ’70s also proved that not all wood is classic, as faux wood paneling (something we would never dream of using at Camelot Homes) was one of the surest eyesores from this time period. This is not to say that there weren’t some good times to be had in those green and gold rooms; wearing your mood ring, Captain and Tennille on the hi-fi…

While it may be too early to dig out your hot rollers and high-waisted jeans, ’70s-inspired interiors are nevertheless making a comeback. A big trend we are seeing for 2012 is bold patterns in both fabric and wallpaper. Used correctly, the bold patterns can add style and color to a room rather than over-powering it. Combining jazzy wallpaper with retro-inspired furniture and a unique piece of art will complete the look without overdoing it. Finish with some ’70’s accessories, such as a lamp and you will have a room which is at once playful and sophisticated.


Photo via Houzz and Ownby Design, Scottsdale AZ

Be warned, that it is a fine line. If you feel at all compelled to resurrect the bean bag chair or the lava lamp, you are heading into dangerous territory. Let your mantra be, “Clean lines and sophisticated patterns” and you won’t go wrong. Remember, if Carol Brady can do it, so can you. It will look groovy, we promise.

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