As designers and decorators of our own homes, we love finding whatever current trends and styles we can to maintain a home that suits both our personality and the decade (or year) we find ourselves in. The evolution of home decor seems to go back and forth… Wallpaper was popular in the 80’s and 90’s but fell out of favor 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 decor has evolved…

80’s home decor

The 1980s was a time when people were starting to have money to decorate. Most of the hippies had faded and the modern troubadour of the working world emerged. You can see a lot of pastels and floral themes on the chairs with the fabrics backing them. They also had light colored wood that was almost white but not quite.

90’s style

No more sex! The ’90s meant you tossed out your padded fabric chairs and caught up. Here you will see sensible colors for furniture, think of something very neutral. They may still have that sponge-painted wall decor in the 90s, but most ended up painting over it. You can also see persistent wallpaper, but it was generally out of fashion. You can see entering leather and any type of quality wood. Crystals from the ’80s would probably still be in a cabinet on display though, though that was slowly fading. (Side note: my mom was devastated that she didn’t want to take the crystal from her and the rabbit hutch from her!)

2000 picks

This era had a bit of brass. He preferred the brown walls and ceramic vases. Everything related to the 80s and 90s was thrown in the trash. People liked fresh cut flowers and not the silk ones their grandparents had displayed in their homes. You won’t see glass side tables from the ’80s here anymore. Also, the walls aren’t papered anymore unless it’s ultra-modern black and white. Greens and grays seem to be at the top of the color list, and the minimalist look has become very popular. Now we don’t have robots waiting for us like we once imagined the millennium would be, but we do have robot vacuum cleaners!

About the Author: The author has always had a bit of an obsession with cool kitchens, furniture, and homewares. 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 that she’s grown up, she has the house she built as a child and hopes her passion will help others find a way to make her home perfect.

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