Step inside the homes of yesteryear




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With a focus on cleanliness still lingering from the turn of the century, sanitaryware was typically white. Square tiles were often used to line the walls around the bath and sink, with the upper portion of the wall painted. Linoleum was the exciting new floor covering of choice in the 1940s and the classic black and white checkerboard pattern was especially popular.




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Houses built in the 1970s tend to get a bad rep but they have a lot going for them! Big sized rooms, large windows and plenty of outdoor space made them fabulous family homes but some of the decorative touches are now considered design pariahs. Very few ceilings were spared the Artex popcorn treatment (which also sometimes contained asbestos!) and cladding was in in a big way.




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The classic avocado bathroom suite was a much-loved staple of the decade. Here it’s paired with brown and orange patterned wall tiles and terracotta hexagon floor tiles – ceramic tiling was now a common choice for bathroom flooring. For 1970s kids, a fluffy toilet lid cover may also have been a familiar, if questionable, feature in your home.




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Bedspreads with geometric patterns like this one were a popular trend in the 1970s – this room even features framed matching curtains flanking the bed too. Plastic was now a regular choice for furniture production and it looks like it was used to create this curved headboard. Busy carpet, often in loud prints or check, was often used throughout the house too.




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Moving on from the pastel tones of the previous decade, the 1990s signified the rise of beige, even in bathrooms. This space offsets beige tiles against, you guessed it, beige walls. Corner baths were another must-have home feature – for the ultimate in luxury, you might even have splashed out on water jets too.




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36/36 SLIDES

Debbie A. Cunningham

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