A classic 1970s surfacepattern A classic 1970s surfacepattern

Moving forward a few years, this is perhaps the sort of furnishing pattern you would expect to see in a classic 1970s style UK house.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s furnishings were mostly drab, featuring plain colours with simple or non-existent patterns. Fabrics were uninspiring and echoed the same old wartime ideas but all that changed with the 1970s decade.

The colour, pattern and general euphoria that buoyed up the late 1960s swept into the 1970s and managed to enhance and beautify even the furnishing material. Colours were deeper and more varied and patterns appeared ranging from contemporary ‘1960s’ style flowers to simple colourful stripes such as this version I have created. Not drab nor yet outrageous, this is the sort of fabric that would appeal to a family who wanted their home to look new and up-to-the-minute. It was hardly hotly modern but neither was it dull and last decade and it complements the furniture, making it stand out and be noticed in the room. At last people began to take note of what they were sitting on and appreciate the design as well as the upholstery.

In the previous decades colours of furnishing fabrics would have been predominately brown or perhaps greenish brown but bolder colours were tried which had the effect of making the rooms look more like the rooms of today. Again, the colours are hardly brash but they do jump up and are noticed much more than would have been the case ten years ago.

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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