The Evolution of Home Decor

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As designers and decorators of our own homes, we love to find the current trends and styles we can in order to maintain a home that is both suits our personality as well as the decade (or year) we are in. The evolution of home décor seems to go back and forth… Wallpaper was popular in the 80’s and 90’s, but lost popularity in the millennium. Fast forward to 2020 – wallpaper is back, and with easy peel and stick options! Let’s take a look at how home décor has evolved…

80’s Home Decor

The 80’s was a time when people were starting to have money to decorate. Most of the hippies had faded out, and the modern troubadour of the working world emerged. You can see a lot of pastels and flower themes in the chairs with the fabrics that backed them. They also had light colored wood that was almost white but not quite.

90’s Style

No more shag! The 90’s meant that you threw out your padded fabric chairs and got with the times. Here you will see sensible colors for furniture- think very neutral. The 90’s might still have had that sponge painted wall decor, but most ended up painting over it. You may also see lingering wallpaper, but it was generally out of fashion by then. You can see leather come in and any sort of quality wood. The crystals from the 80’s would probably still be in a cabinet on display though, though that was slowly fading out. (Side note – my mother was devastated I didn’t want to take on her crystal and her hutch!)

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2000’s Picks

This era had a bit of brass to it. It favored brown walls and vases that were ceramic. Everything about the 80’s and 90’s was thrown away. People liked fresh cut flowers and not the silk ones that their grandparents had displayed around their homes. You will not see glass side tables from the 80’s anymore here. Also, walls are no longer wall papered unless it is an ultra-modern black and white style. Greens and greys seem to be on the top of the color list, and the minimal look had become very popular. Now we don’t have robots waiting on us as we had once envisioned the millennium to look like, but we do have robot vacuums!

About the Author: The author has always had a bit of an obsession with home goods, furniture, and great kitchens. Growing up with very little as a child, she would often take her mother’s catalogs and make her dream house room by room with a glue stick and some paper. Now all grown, she has the house she put together as a child and is hoping her passion helps others find a way to make their home just right.

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