Feeling Groovy: 6 Dining Room Ideas That Bring Back What We Love About the ‘70s

These styling tips for the dining room put a modern spin on bohemian chic. 

Jennifer Pinto
09/26/2018
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Cavern Clay swatch from Sherwin Williams

What goes around comes around. And while there are more than a few things we’re perfectly happy (and somewhat relieved) to leave in the past, when it comes to the dreamy, eclectic 1970s-era vibes, we say, bring ‘em back, baby.

We’re still all about the boho, and it seems we’re not alone. Paint powerhouse Sherwin-Williams recently revealed its 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, a “sun-washed and worldly terra cotta” that offers a modern spin on what we love about the past. 

“2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s — with a twist,” says Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “In the coming year, we will embrace our pioneering spirits and artisan ingenuity. Our 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity and free-spirited, bohemian flair.”

Warm, casual yet refined wall color is just the beginning. The winter and fall markets were chock full of home furnishings that complete the far-out feel of today’s modern bohemian trend. In the dining room, ‘70s staples like big texture and simple wood grains lend softness to sleek Mid-Century Modern lines, making it one of our favorite spaces for feeling groovy.

Check out some of Furniture, Lighting & Decor’s favorite looks for outfitting a dining room in boho revival style. Macrame not included. 

Cavern Clay — Sherwin-Williams

Swatch of Sherwin-Williams' 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern ClayLet’s start at the very beginning. Set the stage (as we have here in this gallery) for your 1970s revival with Sherwin-Williams’ 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay.

The warm, dusty hue is part of the company’s Wanderer color journal, which is characterized by baked clay and the worn leather looks of the American West. Cavern Clay plays well with other “casual, balanced neutrals” like gray, deep brown or denim blue.

But don’t let that stifle your creativity. This color encourages you to explore uncharted territory for your most free-spirited clients

 

 

Bok Dining Table — Ethnicraft

Bok dining table in a light wood from EthnicraftThe entire family has a seat at this table. Constructed from solid oak, the sleek Bok dining table from Ethnicraft features simple, timeless good looks and the gift of space that keeps on giving, thanks to its extendable design. Bok also boasts a perfectly acceptable matching set of dining chairs (available separately).

Of course, we’re partial to a mix-and-match approach, so check out our picks for rockin’ dining chairs below for a more eclectic feel.

 

 

 

 

Harvey Park Dining Chairs — Sauder

Henry Park dining chairs in a dark finish from SauderThanks to its free-spirited, casual je ne sais quoi, bohemian style was front and center during the 1970s. Today, that easy-breezy attitude lives in on interiors that aren’t afraid to forge bold new paths, borrow from the past or settle into a comfy mix of the two.

New dark wood dining chairs from Sauder’s Harvey Park collection might be Mid-Century Modern at heart, but styled alongside a simple table with ‘70s-style accessories, the resulting appeal is as boho as they come. 

 

 

 

 

Linkka Chandelier — Arteriors Home

Linkka chandelier in gold with shaded glass orbs from Arteriors HomeA few years back, Arteriors founder and creative director, Mark Moussa, was digging the zodiac jewelry trend and wanted to find a way to translate the astrological fun to home fashion. He landed on Dallas. Then, there was Karrington. Now, Arteriors saves the best for last: the Linkka chandelier.

The latest constellations-inspired design from the company, Linkka features three tiers of opal glass-shaded bulbs positioned vertically along a heritage brass rod. Style this over a simple wood table (see the Bok above) for a look that’s far out. 

 

 

Carmel Kilim Shag Area Rug — Classic Home

Carmel Kilim shag area rug with gray and white stripes from Classic HomeEnough with the Mid-Century Modern stuff. When it comes to finishing touches, we’re ready for full-on ‘70s. Macrame and wicker are one thing (OK, two things), but are your clients ready to revisit shag carpet? Ease them into the idea with this Carmel Kilim Shag from Classic Home.

The design is a stunning example of how to update shag for the 21st century: Cotton and thick pile shag wool hand woven into an elegant chevron pattern offers softness and texture that your clients can really sink into. 

 

 

 

Stevie Nicks Print — Four Hands

Stevie Nicks photo print from Four Hands

Nothing says the ‘70s like a young, ever-so-witchy Stevie Nicks. True, this black and white photograph of the Fleetwood Mac rocker by Four Hands is not for the faint of heart, but boho style is not about playing it safe now, is it?

Pair this conversation piece with the right mix of fabulous yet subdued furnishings to lend just the right amount of ‘70s sass to your client’s space. 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite way to bring the ‘70s back? Share with us in the comments. 

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