Here’s how one interior designer back in the early 1970s envisioned a retro-futuristic living room — a space filled with fashion-forward furnishings that were modern, fun and colorful.
Armstrong Flooring designer Suzy Taylor designed homes “for the young, small family under thirty who wants to live surrounded by things other people won’t discover for a few years.”
The basis for this living room’s entire color scheme was wallpaper with a super hip large-scale geometric pattern of squares of tan, orange, yellow and white. (See some similar styles in our article all about retro 70s supergraphics.)
White Excelon Tile from Armstrong covered the floor throughout the whole area, which acted as the perfect foil for Suzy’s bright, bright colors and the chrome and Plexiglas accents she chose.
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Under the table, there were three subtly different shades of carpet — Peach Blossom, Maize, and Jasmine — which Suzy had cut and assembled into an area rug.
The brilliant yellow lacquered storage cabinets against the far wall were outlined in gleaming aluminum.
Aluminum strips were also used on the wall around the fireplace, both to outline the actual firebox (which was filled with white candles), and two additional layers echoing the same shape — all working to highlight that whole wall as a decorative focal point.
In the center of this 70s living room, there were two mod-style chairs with chrome frames, from which tan hammock-style seats were hung. The seats were perpendicular to a matching tan sofa with a suede finish.
All of the seating all faced a square-shaped lucite coffee table — clear and shiny to allow the bright colors of the carpet to shine through.
Nearby was a fab piece of mod art: a contemporary-style chrome sculptural tree lamp on a rectangular base, which sprouted several large round Edison light bulbs.
In the far corner of the room, you could see just a bit of the eat-in kitchen. There, tdining table and chairs all had chrome bases, and the seat cushions were covered with a wide yellow and orange stripe fabric.