A.D. Woodcraft’s Hall of Shame for interior design
Interior design 1970s style: oranges, yellows and browns. Image by Viktoria Bykova (via Shutterstock).
For some people, the 1960s and 1970s was a seminal period in interior design. Out went staid design in favour of modernist options. Oranges and browns adorned our crockery and kitchens; not to mention the infamous avocado green bathroom suites. Heck, even our buses had the same colours as our kitchen units. Yet, for a time, this was fashionable. What was fashionable in 1976 could well be tasteless or garish in 2017.
Here’s a quick look at what was acceptable in the last fifty years, though absolutely atrocious today.
Patterned Wallpaper: if you take a trip back to the 1970s, bold patterned wallpaper was the in-thing. For today’s eyes, overwhelming for the front room.
Woodchip: don’t get us started on woodchip, such a nightmare to strip. Cheap and nasty.
Polystyrene ceiling tiles: a potential fire hazard if the wrong paint is used. Don’t go there.
Avocado or maroon bathroom suites: somewhat attractive in 1977 but not in 2017. White is always a safe bet for any bathroom or wet room.
Flush panelling over a panel door: for a modern look, putting an extra layer of wood over a traditional panel door was the in-thing in the 1960s. Thank goodness we don’t do that any more.
Freestanding ashtrays: when smoking was more popular, the average living room used to have freestanding ashtrays that were as tall as the arm of your sofa. No comment.
Ranch doors: for a brief time, swinging ranch doors were popularly used for entry from one room to another. This interior design idea was fine in summer, but totally useless in a biting winter.
A Minibar: a good idea for entertaining friends and families, its appeal evaporated faster than Guinness Light. Today, having one will be like living in Del Boy Trotter’s flat.