There’s no better way to infuse your living space with character and personality than by introducing a few conversation starters. Our experts have selected the must-have ’70s-inspired statement makers to get you started.

“Choose wicker and terrazzo pieces as well as earthy tones of mustard, ochre, tans and browns. Accessorise your home with plant life, macramé and shaggy carpets.” – Lize Barnard, @home


“Go for a statement sofa in a bold, interesting and beautiful design. It’s the largest piece of furniture and most functional, and as a talking point in a living room, it should be where one spends the most money.” – Jodi Sifris, Casarredo


“When going for a ’70s look, it’s important to also have a stand-out rug. Something like the Hayon x Nani 2 rug, the Collage 1966 rug or something from the Calder rug series are not only thematically perfect but are artisanally made using traditional hand-spun techniques.” – Daniel Boraine, Créma Design

Créma Design

“A large Moroccan Berber rug makes a wonderful impact on a ’70s-influenced interior: it adds a sense of the exotic and much-desired texture.” – Charles Gonsenhauser, Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs

Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs

“Accessories are obviously a cost-effective way of embracing this trend. Ceramics are a good place to start, with a combination of authentic and reproduced pieces readily available. But it’s the larger pieces of furniture that make a big retro statement in your interiors, so consider sideboards, coffee tables, sofas and armchairs with characteristic ’70s styling.” – Karin Cawthorne, KARE


“Add a ’70s flavour by incorporating some of the trending colours through occasional chairs and décor accessories. There is no need to go all out with the ’70s colour palette, but the earthy tones are a wonderful complement to neutrals or even pastels.” – Alon Sachs, Mobelli Furniture + Living

Mobelli Furniture + Living

“Sculptural and architectural aesthetic pieces are the best statement makers. Curvy sofas, rugs with abstract artworks and non-conformist pieces or accessories are all essential elements of the ’70s interior design revolution. These elements, especially when combined, create the biggest visual impact.” – Sandrine Fanchette, Roche Bobois

Roche Bobois

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