The 1970s may not be remembered as the best decade for interior décor, but styles from the period are slowly taking over our homes. A completely 70s kitchen may be a step too far, but there are a number of ways to evoke the looks of the time without going for a completely retro theme, with influences from the decade brightening up and adding interest to a contemporary kitchen.
A lot of the colours favoured in the 1970s were bold, dramatic shades, but a peach or pink colour can be used to subtly introduce the style for a warm and inviting feel. Pair these pale colours with dark cabinets or worktops to evoke 70s kitchen style. This is a popular way to add colour without it overwhelming a room – consider Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose or Setting Plaster to recreate the look in the image shown here. Brighter colours such as Yellowcake or Charlotte’s Locks will suit smaller areas or a feature wall, but could be overpowering if used too liberally.
All That Glitters Is Gold
Gold was the metal of choice throughout the 1970s, and was often used in glamorous and decadent-looking fixtures, lighting and accessories. Warm metallics have seen a resurgence in popularity through the last couple of years, and it looks as though gold is back as a firm favourite. Whether you prefer a bolder use, or want to limit its use to just a couple of accessories – like taps, utensils or light fittings – gold is sure to evoke a 70s kitchen feel.
If a whole kitchen redesign is out of the question, carefully chosen accessories will really set the style off – and are much easier to replace when trends change. The otherwise neutral scheme pictured here is given a pop of colour with matching lime-coloured accessories and small appliances – combined with their retro style, they give a subtle nod to the 70s kitchen. The dark wooden worktop is also perfect for a 70s kitchen setting so, if you are considering this style, we would recommend choosing a worktop such as our walnut, iroko or wenge surfaces.
Lighting is another great way to create a 1970s feel without needing to redesign your entire kitchen. The classic retro pendant lampshade is a perfect choice, and the ones pictured here are painted in different pastel colours and feature a shiny copper element, accentuating the lights and offering a slightly luxurious feel. For more of a 70s feel, clear or frosted glass options would work well.
Can you think of any 70s kitchen styles that deserve to make a comeback which have not bee included in our list? Do you have any of these in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments, or tag us in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram.