Home design tendencies can be fickle, and sometimes circular. In real estate parlance of the 1990s, the expression”1970s ranch dwelling” and”fixer” were almost synonymous. Home buyers winced as they surveyed avocado-green orange and appliances countertops. Walnut-stained paneling was outside, and pink and grey speckled granite was in. Along with the new millennium, a new generation of house buyers started to have a fresh look at 1970s ranches–buying them refreshing themwhile respecting their origins.
Flooring and Walls
Vintage 1970s ranch design decor featured parquet wood floors, vinyl sheet floors and carpet. Walnut or other cool, dark wood halls contributed to spacious living areas that had wall-to-wall deep-pile or shag carpeting, in either neutral browns or bolder oranges and greens. Dark-wood paneled walls heated the look of a space, but consumed a lot of available light. The general feel of a 1970s ranch style house was casual and unstudied. Maintaining the unpretentious and low-key vibe of a 1970s ranch means selecting a range of easy-care flooring products and wall-cover choices in an updated color palette. Shag rugs with fresh shorter pile made from organic materials make great accents on durable hardwood floors. Brand new coats of neutral-colored paint can transform an area for small money.
In general, 1970s ranch-style living did not bring attention to itself. Sofas were practical and comfortable–neither spare, such as mid-20th century bits or overstuffed, such as some gargantuan couches and seats made in the early 1990s. An eclectic mix of interval chunky-wood end tables and casual, streamlined modern furniture can help to keep the space from appearing just like the set of a 1970s-revival sitcom. Adding a set of beanbag chairs at a corner might be sufficient to remind people about the origins of the house.
Easy-care materials such as plastic and artificial leather were used in the 1970s and then later reviled by the design-conscious. The industrial offspring of 1970s products are enjoying a quasi revival. Green-conscious retailers sell items made from recycled man-made materials. Imitation leather, made from fresh materials, seems warmer and feels softer than the plastic-based materials used in previous generations of interior decoration. Vintage 1970s accessories continue to be excellent bargains, and many thrift stores sell dining table lamps, plant hangers, light fixtures and wall hangings at low prices. Reproduction catalogs that feature new interpretations of classic 1970s decor are also great sources when decorating a house.