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Colours of the 1970s


Though there was a carryover of the Hippy sub culture from the late 1960s the 1970s embraced several aspects – the home spun/creative and ultimately rustic/romantic country style with Laura Ashley mini printed floral wallpaper and fabrics and peasant maxi dresses and the upwardly moving disco dancing Afro permed, platform shoe and hot pants, jump suited and bell bottom brigade who were free and easy – part of what was called at the time the ‘Me’ decade – full of student protests, feminism, environmental issues, fuel/oil crisis and the ‘space race’ – helped by the advent of microwaves, VCRs, shagpile carpet and lava lamps. The re-discovery of real wood for furniture morphed into panelled walls and kitchen cabinetry and benchtops and presented as chunky colonial styling. Wallpaper was bold, stronger in colour and pictorial or covered all over with trellis patterns, spots, stripes and mini print flowers with curtains and clothing to match. Bathroom fittings were almond ivory, avocado and chocolate, floors were orange or brown and inspired by terracotta tiles and stoves were brown or pumpkin orange or ochre gold.

Bright colours of the era were (from the BS5252 collection):

Resene Midnight
Resene Midnight
Resene Cardin Green
Resene Cardin Green
Resene Astronaut Blue
Resene Midnight
Resene Ming
Resene Ming
 
Resene Plum
Resene Plum
Resene Hot Purple
Resene Hot Purple
Resene Hot Chile
Resene Hot Chile
Resene Guardsman Red
Resene Guardsman Red
 
Resene Brown Bramble
Resene Brown Bramble
Resene Rich Gold
Resene Rich Gold
Resene Reno Sand
Resene Reno Sand
Resene Golden Sand
Resene Golden Sand
 
Resene Verdun Green
Resene Verdun Green
Resene Hacienda
Resene Hacienda
     

More neutrals were used and they started to make their presence known, with colours such as:

Resene Calico
Resene Calico
Resene Colonial White
Resene Colonial White
Resene Champagne
Resene Champagne
Resene Solitaire
Resene Solitaire
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Pearl Lusta
Resene Soft Amber
Resene Soft Amber
       

Soft muted pastels and mid tones appeared, in tones such as:

Resene Siam
Resene Siam
Resene Flax
Resene Flax
Resene Thistle
Resene Thistle
   
Resene Kashmir Blue
Resene Kashmir Blue
Resene Rock Blue
Resene Rock Blue
Resene Spindle
Resene Spindle
   
Resene Dolphin
Resene Dolphin
Resene Spun Pearl
Resene Spun Pearl
Resene French Grey
Resene French Grey
Resene Blue Haze
Resene Blue Haze
 
Resene Envy
Resene Envy
Resene Cascade
Resene Cascade
Resene Opal
Resene Opal
Resene Jungle Mist
Resene Jungle Mist
 
Resene Mexican Red
Resene Mexican Red
Resene Blossom
Resene Blossom
Resene Shilo
Resene Shilo
Resene Wafer
Resene Wafer
Resene Dawn Pink
Resene Dawn Pink

Information thanks to Carolyn Atkinson.

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