An A-Z Guide to ’70s Decor

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The 1970s was an exciting time in the world of design. Architects and engineers were competing to build the tallest building in the world. Buckminster Fuller perfected “Spaceship Earth.” Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers “turned the architecture world upside down” with the inside-out Centre George Pompidou in Paris. And as we discovered via our favorite passport to another time, Retronaut, Graystone Press published a massive, eighteen volume anthology known as The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement . Arranged alphabetically by topic, the books cover everything from “how to select chairs that are comfortable and durable” to “how to arrange collections to create focus and visual rhythms” to “why the ancients used color.”

We were so inspired by the quirky range of entries that we had to make our own abridged version of our new favorite design reference. Let us know in the comments what has you wanting to invest in some avocado green accent pieces or give couching a whirl.

Astroturf

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Baby blue

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Couching

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Dual-purpose furniture

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Evelyn Ackerman wood panels

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Flokati rugs

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Goldenrod

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Harry Bertoia chairs

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Isamu Noguchi lights

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Juhl (Finn) sets of drawers

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Knoll furniture

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Leopard

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Murals

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Neon pink

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Outdoor rooms

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Petrified wood

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Quasi space station bathrooms

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Relief wall treatments

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Sewing rooms

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Trompe l’oeil

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Ultra modern chrome tubular steel

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Vent hoods

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Wall units

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Xanthic yellow

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Yellow, avocado and orange

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Zebra rugs

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