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10 of the best: 1970s-style wallpaper

1. Trippy wallpaper at Graham and Brown
1. Trippy wallpaper at Graham and Brown

Yes, I am going in with some big patterns, bright colours and retro flourishes. Yes, I am talking about 1970s-style wallpaper and picking out 10 of my favourite designs available right now.

1. Trippy wallpaper at Graham and Brown
1. Trippy wallpaper at Graham and Brown

1. Trippy wallpaper at Graham and Brown

Let’s start with something of a modern-day classic.

If you think 1970s-style wallpaper, you probably think of something like this. Hardly surprising as the Trippy design has been the ‘go to’ pattern for some years now. In fact, I reckon it’s probably one of Graham and Brown’s biggest sellers. Plenty of colours to choose from, each with that same ‘shimmering’ pattern and guaranteed to turn even the most traditional of rooms into a hip ’70s hangout.

£20 per roll is the price.

Find out more at the Graham and Brown website

2. 1970s Lavaliers wallpaper by Little Green Paint Co.
2. 1970s Lavaliers wallpaper by Little Green Paint Co.

2. 1970s Lavaliers wallpaper by Little Green Paint Co.

Not a paper inspired by the 1970s, this one is actually from the 1970s.

One that we featured on the site not long back and part of a heritage range from the Little Green Paint Co., it was actually discovered in a French wallpaper book from 1975. Subsequently the design has been updated in four shades, all of which are available to buy right now. Very bold, but very ‘now’ at the same time. Love this one.

£64 per roll if you want this design in your home.

Find out more at the John Lewis website

3. Apollo at Wallpaper From The 70s
3. Apollo at Wallpaper From The 70s

3. Apollo at Wallpaper From The 70s

Well, with a name like that, the retailer is always going to have something of interest when it comes to 1970s-style wallpaper. I think its Apollo design is the standout. Quite literally.

This is pretty much the extreme of 1970s design and if you want something your guests aren’t going to forget in a hurry, check this one out. Ok, it might be a but ‘much’ for a whole room or large room, but for a feature wall or retro den, this might work. Just make sure you have some dark glasses to hand if you intend to stay awhile.

£21.20 for this hypnotic gem.

Find out more at the Wallpaper From The 70s website

4. Cole & Son Hicks Hexagon wallpaper
4. Cole & Son Hicks Hexagon wallpaper

4. Cole & Son Hicks Hexagon wallpaper

I don;t know about you but when I think of 1970s walls, I think of David Hicks. So obviously he’s going to be represented here.

The first Hicks design is perhaps one you typically associate with him. A complex combination of hexagons in a dark shade that’s perfect for recreating that sophisticated ‘70s vibe. Of course, if the colour is a little dark, there are lighter shades which are every bit as stylish.

Of course it doesn’t come cheap, with a roll retailing for £76.

Find out more at the John Lewis website

5. Harlequin Contour wallpaper
5. Harlequin Contour wallpaper

5. Harlequin Contour wallpaper

Again, various colours for this one, offering both dark and light options.

It all comes down to your personal taste. Of course, the design is unchanged, a curvy number in a suitably ‘70s style that is bold, but not quite asa bold as some others in this rundown.

£51 per roll for this one.

Find out more at the John Lewis website

6. Geometric wallpaper by Sharon Jane
6. Geometric wallpaper by Sharon Jane

6. Geometric wallpaper by Sharon Jane

A more obscure design, but one worth hunting down if you want some 1970s-style wallpaper with authenticity.

Not that it is an original design, but this one is all about authenticity of colour and pattern (there are other shades available, by the way). Stick this on the wall, add in a few choice design pieces and your 1970s will be recreated in your living room. Not for everyone, but if you want people to take notice, this is the paper for you.

Not cheap though. An independent maker, so the cost is higher at £142 per roll.

Find out more at the Sharon Jane website

7. Do The Stretch wallpaper by Wayne Hemingway
7. Do The Stretch wallpaper by Wayne Hemingway

7. Do The Stretch wallpaper by Wayne Hemingway

If anyone is going to know how to recreate the 1970s, that man is Wayne Hemingway.

This design is one of Wayne’s creations for Graham and Brown, a suitably retro affair of a ‘stretch’ design in a choice of the green here or an equally eye-catching pink. A 1970s-style wallpaper without being too ‘in your face’.

£50 per roll if you want this on a wall.

Find out more at the Graham and Brown website

8. Jordgubben wallpaper by Borastapeter Jubileum
8. Jordgubben wallpaper by Borastapeter Jubileum

8. Jordgubben wallpaper by Borastapeter Jubileum

It wasn’t all bold geometrics and blinding shades in the 1970s. Florals like the Jordgubben wallpaper by Borastapeter Jubileum were also around too.

This is a Scandinavian design inspired by 1970s floral wallpaper, offering a subtle take on ’70s retro touch and a rather appealing collage of flowers, berries, leaves and strawberries.

£33.15 for a roll of this one.

Find out more at the Wallpaper Direct website

9. La Fiorentina in the David Hicks by Ashley Hicks wallpaper collection
9. La Fiorentina in the David Hicks by Ashley Hicks wallpaper collection

9. La Fiorentina in the David Hicks by Ashley Hicks wallpaper collection

A second appearance from David Hicks and another wonderful example of the famed interior designer’s use of colour and pattern. In fact, there are various colours of this particular design, each with that trademark diamond motif.

If you want a classic on your home, this one is currently discounted, but still costs £78.40 per roll.

Find out more at the Wallpaper Direct website

10. Original 1970s geometric wallpaper at Retro Wallpaper
10. Original 1970s geometric wallpaper at Retro Wallpaper

10. Original 1970s geometric wallpaper at Retro Wallpaper

No lifestyle shots of this one, perhaps because the retailer doesn’t want to waste any of its precious stock.

That’s because Retro Wallpaper specialises in original, vintage wallcoverings rather than reproductions of wallpaper. That means a fast-moving market, limited stock and in some cases, barely enough to cover a wall or a room. You do need to check stock availability first before you plan a room. The one here is all about the colour and pattern and ideal for a feature wall.

If you want it, you have to order from the US (they do ship worldwide) and order by the ‘yard’. So get the conversion table out. A yard of this one sells for £13.17.

Find out more at the Retro Wallpaper Etsy website