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These zany interior design pictures prove that no decade was more colorful than the 1970s

These retro rooms are so bright, you're going to have to wear shades.

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When you listen to interior decorators spiel, you'll hear a lot of talk about "a pop of color" or "accent colors." Four decades ago, the American home had more than a mere "pop" of yellow or "accent" of orange. No, the rooms of the 1970s were rainbow explosions.

Earth tones, neutral tones, marble and stainless steel? Bah! How about a kitchen where EVERYTHING IS RED. It was perfectly acceptable to have a living that looked as if it were built out of Lego. Looking back, it's a little disappointing that today's interiors are not as playful.

These images largely come from books and magazines published by Better Homes and Gardens. Not everyone had a home that looked like a set from A Clockwork Orange, but perhaps you lived in a space similar to one of these?

Even the upper crust had matchy-matchy family rooms that seemed to be designed with Play-Doh.

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What matches with these bedspreads? Everything. All at once.

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If your furniture was not a bold color, it had better have been completely transparent.

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This is where the Fruit Stripe Gum zebra slept.

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When Marcia Brady moved out of the house, it was probably to an apartment like this.

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What's black, white and red all over? Your bathroom, if you so desired.

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What goes with a purple tub? A giant purple eyeball.

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With enough black laquer, your den would be fit for a villain from Kung Fu.

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"Clash" was not in the vocabulary.

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The perfect kitchen for spilling tomato sauce.

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One could go to sleep in Logan's Run.

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No need to turn on the lights in the kitchen when getting that midnight snack.

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Rainbows, clear plastic, black, white — this place has it all, especially if you're a physicist who studies the light spectrum.

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