From the “Seventies” to the “Now”
If you carried a mortgage decades ago, then you’re definitely glad to have said goodbye to the decade of the seventies when interest rates were double digits and the dream of refinancing for a better rate was to maybe get down to 12%.
Wow! That’s so seventies! In this flashback glimpse, we look at the trends of the seventies and how we’ve grown and evolved into larger and smarter homes, even though households have shrunk.
The average seventies household size was 3.58 compared to 3.14 in 2015, according to statista.com.
The 20th century phenomenon of Stay-At-Home Mom’s gave way to the rise of the Working Mom movement.
In 1969 there were 9.8 million stay-at-home Mom’s compared to 7.2 million in 1979 and then down to 5..2 million in 1999. By 2009, the number rose slightly to 5.7 million but it was a rather slight increase compared to the longer historical perspective.
The family economics also changed the household environment. American seventies’ homes featured wall-to-wall carpeting. Remember the shag rug? It made a brief comeback in recent years. How about sunken living rooms, bright colors, modular built-in dinettes, and white used to compensate and tone-down all the use of vibrant yellows, greens, and blues?
When we flashback to the seventies, it seems like we’ve come so far. Have a look at what can be done if your home is stuck in that seventies look.