Back to Nature
If there is one decade I am colour-wise allergic to it is the 70ies. Many buildings still suffer from this “style”. Orange tiles in bathrooms and kitchens, olive green or dark brown carpets. Not to forget the wooden (of course brown) ceilings that make sure a room looks like a box. Buildings that were constructed around 1910 typically have high ceilings that are embellished with stucco. Only about half of it survived the 70ies.
If I read about the 70ies it looks as if people wanted to go back to nature. I did not know that stucco is the enemy of nature and neither was I aware that only autumn (orange, dark red, brown and olive are the dominating colours in the European autumn) are natural.
Disco and Punk
Now I step off my soapbox.
The 70ies also gave room to the disco culture which stands for bright and cheerful colours such as pink, yellow, electric blue, red and also black. John Travolta’s white suit and Karen Lynn Gorney’s red dress in louche darkness should become legend. Alluring Donna Summer appeared in sparkling dresses, blue boots and big hair.
Not to forget another rebellious crowd: the punks. Granted, their outfits were mainly black – or at least dark. But think of their hair: blue, green and pink or a mixture of it all. Although a Mohawk reminds me to cockscomb going back to nature was not their mission.