1970: Practical Encylopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement Chris February 5, 2012 1970-1979, Art & design 24 CommentsFavourited 1266 times Add to favourites 24 Responses qka February 5, 2012 Some less outdated than others. A change of paint or wallpaper would bring them up to date However, carpet, especially shag carpet, is never a good idea in a bathroom. Reply ammy February 5, 2012 i remember homes similar to this when i was kid, way back when. i like the purple kitchen, but the rest of them nearly made my eyes bleed. Reply lea February 5, 2012 Everything old is new again! The pink dressing room reminds me of a Doris Day movie. I really dig the sectionals though – great for key parties! lol Reply JonBuck February 5, 2012 The purple kitchen is the best of the bunch, IMO. But… hot pink cabinets? Hot pink dressing area? Avocado green? The faux Peter Max wall murals? One thing that stands out is that black sectional that looks like a very wide lounge chair. If you get on in the middle you’ll need someone to pull you out. Reply Leeloo February 5, 2012 Thanks for sharing these. I love old interior design images from the 50′s through the 80′s. You brightened my day. Reply Mike F February 6, 2012 Groovy, man ! Some of that furniture would be worth a fortune now. Reply Bronwen February 6, 2012 I love how decorators in the 70s were not yet willing to make the television set the focus of the room. They are off to side, on shelves, in places that would be awkward to actually lounge around and watch. The furniture in these living rooms/dens, whatever are positioned to make visiting and socialization the focus, rather than everything being pointed at an entertainment center. I miss that. Reply Carol February 6, 2012 WOW! Are these COLORS for people who grew up in the 60s but got jobs and stopped doing drugs when they bought their first homes in the 70s??? Reply RC February 8, 2012 Carol: No, these were for people to sit in the conversation pit and pass a joint. Reply CJ February 8, 2012 When I was house-hunting, I looked at a house from the late 1960′s that had a pit with banquette seating around the fireplace, as in photo #10. The fireplace itself was round, and brick. It was definitely cool-looking. Love the design from this era, but remember that I never really liked all of the crazy colors back then. Reply Joe February 9, 2012 Replace the shag with hardwood and I’ll take the circular bathroom Reply Miranda February 13, 2012 I see that Jonathan Adler borrowed his decor repertoire/aesthetic from the black and green room with the Eames chair. Reply Troy February 13, 2012 i think i may have just suffered irreparable retinal damage Reply ap February 18, 2012 My theory is it takes 50 years for an architectural style ot peak, become butt ugly and then become retro cool. 0′s populauxe has been trendy lately, so this stuff is next on the horizon. but it does make my brain hurt. Reply Renee February 24, 2012 Yikes. I felt like I need my sunnies on to stop the glare from these…err bright coloured images! I agree though the purple kitchen is cool! Reply HuntanPeck February 26, 2012 I’d love to have a living room like in photo #18 with that lovely, warm wood paneling and subdued colour scheme. I find it interesting how these photos reflect the changing aesthetics of a single decade. For example, photo #4 still has a very 1950′s flavour, while photo #9 looks almost like something out 2001: A Space Odyssey or Barbarella. Reply Yacko February 28, 2012 It’s a particleboard world after all. Reply MzStilletto August 24, 2012 Is it weird that I totally want some of these rooms in my house?? (The bright pink kitchen gave me bleedy eyeballs, though.) Reply Aristocrat August 24, 2012 The sad fact is that these pristine-looking places would be ruined by the presence of actual people living in them. Within a week they would start to resemble a pigsty by default. Reply Gerald September 26, 2012 It maybe retro from the 70′s, but I find these concepts amazing. It has distinct taste and vibe for the setup. perth door Reply Geoff Jackson October 23, 2012 Some of those are crazy, love some of them, hate others. And indeed, some are very bright. Would have a permanent headache I think living amongst some of that interior decor. Reply John_Hodge December 5, 2012 These are like the glorious sunset before Postmodernism. Or rather, when I say ‘Postmodernism’, I mean the point when they realised that ‘liveability’ – ie what sort of spaces human beings can comfortably live in, coming from our humble origins as cave-dwellers – had unfortunately been left behind by designers’ and architects’ visions of a ‘future’. Then again, maybe it’s not as disturbing as it looks, living in a house where lurid lime green, hot pink and bright orange relentlessly do battle on the wallpaper! ReplyReport user Dany Maria May 12, 2014 I love the way of decorating the room with such a beautiful and elegant furniture. Thanks for sharing it!! Reply Mark Smith May 14, 2014 Do any of these still exist? Wonder what they look like now… ReplyReport user Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.