The 70s were an iconic time period in American culture, and the design trends of the era were no exception. Now, many of the trademark features of the 70s are making an appearance in modern interiors, and we can’t say we’re upset. Put the cozy nostalgia of the 70s to work in your home with these design elements. 



Whether it’s a few throw pillows or your entire couch, velvet is a must in 70s design. The luxurious texture and sophisticated appearance make it an instant upgrade in just about any space. To get the most out of what velvet has to offer, choose it in a rich, saturated color like emerald green or mustard yellow. The result will be a glam statement that’s both fun and elegant.



While on the topic of color, it would be remiss to neglect the classic 70s color palette. Combine any number of the following hues and you’re sure to have a home that’s totally groovy:

  • Mustard yellow/marigold
  • Burnt orange
  • Avocado green
  • Teal
  • Turquoise
  • Emerald green
  • Camel
  • Wood tones


Macramé, Fringe, and Fiber Arts

Made popular by artisan resources like Etsy, macramé, fringe, and fiber arts have had a huge revival in recent years. These homey touches are reminiscent of that art class your mom took with Aunt Janice when you were a kid. Add a touch of whimsy to your space with a macramé plant holder, fringed throw, or fiber art wall hanging.


Faux Fur and Animal Hides

These 70s staples work well with the other deluxe finishes so common within the decade. Add color and texture to your space with faux fur and animal hides. Rugs, pillows, and throws are an easy way to introduce this feature into a room.


Brass Accents

What started as a playful experiment with metallic finishes has now developed into a full-on love affair. Brass can be found everywhere from kitchen hardware to animal figurines. The stainless, chrome, and nickel movement of the 2000s left homeowners wanting in character and charm. Warm golds, and now, antiqued brass have made their way onto the scene. If you don’t want to make a complete switch, mix your metals by adding in a few brass elements to your home.



Whether in flooring or countertops, this aggregate material is back in the spotlight. Terrazzo is made up of marble, quartz, granite, and glass make it a hearty addition to any space. 


Shag Rugs

Okay, so it’s not wall-to-wall and burnt orange, but shag is back! Add this 70s icon into your space with an earth-toned rug. You’ll be putting a modern twist on the classic 70s feature without, you know, hundreds of square feet of glorified yarn fringe.


Building and designing a custom home can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it on your own. Work with the professionals at Homes by Brill to create a space that’s simultaneously on trend and timeless. Our team of experts will walk you through each step of the home building process to ensure that your experience is both effective and enjoyable. Schedule a consultation to begin making your dream home a reality.