Our Connection to Nature Continues – The 70s Revisited! Trends From the Fall Furniture Market!

Starting from the top counterclockwise: Century Furniture’s Great Room collection; Feizy Ashby Collection Hand Woven Rug; Union Home Furniture Kebab Lamp; Eichholtz Elan Chair; Sherrill Brenne Birdseye Buffet


The Fall Furniture Markets finished up recently with design trends continuing to focus on nature, texture, organic shapes, and the increased representation of the brown color palette. So, if it feels like we are on a time travel trip back to the 70s, your senses are on the right track. Below are some of the latest style notes trending now from this “revamped” decade.

FLUTED OR CHANNELED DETAIL: This pattern gives dimension and visual texture, particularly to neutral or monotone furnishings. The curvy shapes soften the hard surfaces of both upholstery and hard goods, giving them a more organic appeal.

Starting from the top: Caracole Continuum Bed; Four Hands Oranda Coffee Table; Sunpan Birrit Sofa


HAIR ON HIDE: A more natural-looking way to to bring nature’s texture indoors and accentuate its qualities is to combine the look and feel of animal hide with a simple, classic shape, creating more of a luxury furniture piece versus a rustic one.

Left: Interlude Home Hudson Waterfall Table; Right: Wildwood Square Hide Stool


RATTAN AND CANE: This trend continues the desire for natural elements and is seen in case goods, lighting, and combined with upholstery. Now more color options are available in this material to create pieces that can provide nice accents in a particular color palette.

Left: Worlds Away Charlie Angel Table; Right: Currey & Company Tegal Chair in Navy

Above: David Francis Rattan Dresser


FRINGE FRENZY: Those groovy suede vests from the rock and rollers of the seventies were probably an inspiration for the swingy details you’ll see on fun seating pieces, pillows, and even light fixtures, entailing such different materials as fabric, leather, and glass.

Left: Ngala Trading Egoli Swivel Chair Right: Eastern Accents Kelso Fil Coupe Pillow

Left: Global Views Draped Glass Chandelier Right: Ngala Trading Nekeia Chandelier


UNIQUE SHAPES & ACCENTS: Texture isn’t the only element that gives play to what’s new in furnishings, but you’ll see biophilic shapes, some with fun and whimsy accents. Again, soft, round curves lend visual interest as well as artistic expression. Swivel chairs, sculptured lamps, and three-dimensional wall decor can be found with these characteristics.

Starting from the top: Kravet Barnet Swivel Chair; Pacific Coast Lighting Orin Lamp; Bernhardt Trianon Dresser; Lily Koo Lara Stool

Starting at the top: Cyan Design Ichiyo Wall Sculpture; Wildwood Lilliana Mirror; Cyan Design Chemise Wall Decor


COLOR NOT ABSENT: Even though the warm neutrals are guiding the color train, that doesn’t mean you won’t see an absence of color. The blue and green families are still showing a strong presence due to their connection again to nature (water, land, and sky), but just as in the 70s there are bright, vibrant hues of yellows, oranges, and reds seen in upholstery, accent case goods, rugs, and even lighting. There’s nothing like a pop of color that can bring life into a room, and offer you the opportunity to add personality to your space.

Starting from the top: Wildwood Nina Chest; Gabby Irving Console Lamp; Chelsea House Classic Lamp; Zuo Modern Papillion Chair

Starting from the top: Feizy Anya Terracotta Rug; Madegoods Murni Stool; Surya Makrome Pillow; Global Views Poise Console Table


Overall, it appears you will have a vast amount of choice with new furniture options to create that look and feel you’re desiring, whether a nod to the seventies or not. And, if you need a little help with that, don’t hesitate to allow Karen Lee Johnson Interiors to give you a hand! Groovy baby!

Karen Lee Johnson, interior designer in Milwaukee Wisconsin

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