Mary Tyler Moore and Seventies Design

Mary Tyler Moore and Seventies Design

November 7, 2010 | Barbara's Blog

Mary Richards' ApartmentThe Mary Tyler Moore Show began in 1970 and continued until 1977. In this ground breaking comedy, the main character rents a very chic studio apartment in a Victorian house. This fictional apartment was more than the setting for a great comedy, it displayed the best of 1970s interior design.

Contrary to popular belief, the 1970s contributed more to interior design than lava lamps and burnt orange shag toilet seat covers. The retro style that this time period is known for can be found in modern day design and is gaining popularity.

Here are a few trademarks of the seventies design style that you can use in your home.

-Shag carpeting. Instead of an entire room carpeted in orange shag, try an area rug in a neutral color.  The plush rug will give your room a cozy, comfortable and gold table setting

-Avocado green and harvest gold. The 1970s can keep the kitchen appliances in these colors, but you can try the color combination in small doses around your home. Use the nature inspired hues on a tablescape for your next dinner party or on throw pillows for your living room sofa.

mirrors -Mirrors. This decorative element was used liberally during this decade. You don’t have to put up mirrored tiles on an entire wall or (ahem…) on the ceiling. Use a grouping of mirrors on a wall instead of artwork to create a bright, light filled area in your home.


Inject a little “groovy” into your space today and try out some of these Mary Tyler Moore inspired design ideas.

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