They’re ba-aack! It’s like Back to the Future for fashion, and if you still have your peasant blouses, bell bottoms, or anything crocheted or with ruffles or fringe tucked away somewhere, go get it! They’ve evolved, but not so much that you won’t recognize these classic 1970s fashion trends. There’s another ‘70s-era classic showing up this year, but you can’t wear it. Say “hello” again to avocado green and harvest gold!
The ‘70s got the vote for the most stylish decade ever. We think the greens, golds, and copper browns so loved by interior designers back then deserve a shout-out. In 2020, it’s all about jewel tones, brazen floral prints, and stone accents – and green and gold. A popular paint company even features shades of gold in four of their color palettes.
If you’re feeling that ‘70s aura coming on, you’ll love this year’s color trends. With an infusion of vintage colors throughout your home, you can return to a time when “greige” wasn’t a thing and kitchens weren’t stark white. The ‘70s vibe is an acquired taste, but you don’t need to saturate your home in green and gold to enjoy it. Instead, just use a splash here and a pop there.
Another major paint supplier chose a shade of green for their color of the year, and it’s strikingly similar to the ‘70s avocado green. While they are ‘70s-inspired, green and gold today take on a whole different look. Warm and bold yet playful, these colors are making a new statement. They have new names as well – like olive, sage, and cargo.
No longer drab, harvest gold is now an earthy yellow-orange reminiscent of falling leaves and Thanksgiving tables. Let gold offset slate blues, dusky violets, and other earth tones for a modern twist on an old trend.
Speaking of old trends, brass is making a comeback, too, after a fallout with brushed nickel and stainless steel. Today, instead of having a hard, shiny surface, brass is being transformed. Much more subtle and warm, brass now has a brushed gold finish and it’s showing up all over the house. So, what to do with all that brushed nickel and chrome? Keep it! No longer is it considered taboo to mix metals. Just don’t mix more than two per room.
In a country recovering from the turmoil of the Vietnam War, it was natural to express the hope for peace and calm with warm, earthy colors and dark wood made so popular in 1970s homes. In a sense, we’re at the same crossroads today – at the start of a new decade, with hope for the future. It just feels right to bring back those peaceful, earthy colors from decades ago, doesn’t it?
Amy Ramirez is a freelance writer and writing coach