If you grew up in the 1970s, you likely spent at least part of the decade in a wood-paneled rec room where you listened to 8-track tapes of Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, and Neil Diamond, while your parents read The Joy of Sex, played racquetball, debated Watergate, and went to key parties (if they were particularly adventurous). And you had one, if not more, of these things in your home.
The Brady Bunch decorated their floors with yards of the long, loopy pile known for coming in eye-watering hues (lime green, oceanic blue, acidic orange) and being impossible to clean.
Who didn’t have one of the ubiquitous macramé owl wall hangings with wooden bead eyes? They’re a hoot!
Everybody Must Get Stoned:
Floor-to-ceiling fireplaces constructed of rough-hewed, boulder-sized rocks gave even modest split-level suburban ranches the air of a hunting lodge.
Brass Monkey (or Bird, or Flower):
Chrome may have accented the coffee table, but brass, in the form of animal or flower sculpture, was the metal that really stuck.
Why freshen a room with anything as pedestrian as fresh-cut blooms when you could accessorize with giant palm fronds, ferns, or other featherlike branches?
Going to Pot:
As the seasons changed, so did the dish towels and pot holders of any au courant kitchen, with a theme to match every holiday.