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1970s Sofas

The 1970s is renowned for its ability to bring back nostalgia and ‘70s sofas are no exception. You’ll find earthy brown and orange colour schemes and shag pile carpet, as well as some real design gems. From Pierre Paulin’s sculptural marshmallow chairs to André Vandenbeuck’s tufted leather couches, this was the decade of statement furniture. Browse our hand picked selection of vintage ‘70s sofas to find a striking piece for your home.

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What are ‘70s sofas?
It’s a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. 1970s sofas are couches that date back to the ‘Me Decade’ — so called for the era’s preoccupation with introspection, spirituality and finding yourself. The furniture from this period reflects the societal shift towards unbridled self-expression with bold shapes, bright colours and psychedelic patterns present across the board.

At the same time, the 1970s marked a rekindling of humankind’s relationship with the natural world. It’s characterised by the use of raw materials, beige and brown hues and organic elements. 1970s sofas vary significantly in terms of design, material and form. There’s a 70s couch to suit any taste or interior style.What types of ‘70s sofas are there?
Leather ruled supreme in the 1970s. And ‘70s sofas epitomise the trend. From squishy couches with plush back- and armrests to more structured tufted designs, there’s a tan or brown sofa for every retro inspired living room. For those who want to flirt with the decade’s more out there pieces, there’s a whole host of patterns and textures available. A paisley print sofa makes a charming addition to a boho style lounge while a corduroy couch will complement industrial loft spaces and townhouses. Many 1970s sofas also feature natural materials, such as wood and bamboo.

For loud fabrics and a true step back in time to the decade choose a charming bentwood design. ‘70s sofas with cane or rattan frames also make a characterful addition to a conservatory or sunroom, particularly when embellished with a mishmash of colourful cushions.How to style 1970s sofas?
1970s sofas can be tricky to style because the bold designs can easily overwhelm existing décor. Keep it simple and they can help to elevate any living room, adding character and statement style to the space.

A vibrant velvet or corduroy sofa is great for jazzing up a neutral-toned lounge. It adds an unexpected pop of colour and prevents the space from feeling too cold and clinical. For best results, opt for a clean-lined design with minimal embellishment. Use a Scandinavian-style rug to echo the bold shapes. Or liberally decorate the walls with graphic posters for a Pop Art-inspired look.

Loving the industrial look that has dominated the design scene in recent years? A retro 1970s sofa can blend perfectly with other pieces of reclaimed furniture. Choose a slightly worn leather couch for that oh-so-trendy loft vibe or a sleek tuxedo design for a more refined feel. Complete the look with a cream-and-brown Moroccan rug and factory pendant lights.

When it comes to styling ‘70s sofas all you need to do is pick your perfect piece and build your decor around it.

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