This colorful plaid-filled family room checked all the boxes

Vintage colorful plaid-filled family room decor 1970s
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An exuberant splurge of mixed pattern colored this cool and colorful plaid-filled family room, seen here as it looked back in 1972.

All of the decor in this lofty, slant-ceiling family room was a virtuoso performance in the mixing of plaids, their color taken from the Spanish tiles in the fireplace wall.

The interior designers, Zajac and Callahan, combined several colors and patterns of checked prints in this vintage space, all set upon a subdued dark blue low-pile wall-to-wall carpet.

In a particularly unusual touch, both sets of modular sofas combined two different colors of plaid prints.

Vintage plaid family room decor

The blue and green plaid pillow-topped block benches were covered in faux-cork finish Formica. The room’s occasional tables had a similar construction, but instead were a solid pink/red.

Valances, tucked under the clerestory windows, gave the room a sense of coziness without shutting out surrounding views of the outdoors.

The tartan-like fabric covering matched the blue and green of the curtains hung below, but the decor veered from the expected by featuring a yellow border, and three large red-framed circles with more plaid material inside.

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The high vaulted ceiling, slick as a mirror, was actually not a mirror, but an exceedingly high-gloss enamel paint in blue and green, which dramatically reflected both outdoors and indoors.

Shiny black and white family photos adorned the walls on both sides of the room.

Vintage colorful plaid-filled family room decor 1970s
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