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How has home decor evolved through the decades

Home décor trends have been evolving and changing over the years and they have led and shaped the way our spaces are being designed and decorated these days. These trend changes are notable through the decades and some of these are still being used but maybe with a twist or a renovated style, keeping the essence of the vintage vibe.

Home décor is a great way for people to express themselves and to show their personalities through their walls, furniture and any other decorative piece. What we definitely can see through times is that people are more daring now when it comes to designing and creating a space.

Here are some design practices since 1960 and back to these days to compare how time had past.

1960s

Heavily influenced by the pop art movement from the 50s and pop artists as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, there were bright colors, mix different materials, bold patterns, interesting shapes and clean lines for furniture, usually darkened wood. Wallpaper were absolutely present on this time. The excess of combining florals or geometric patterns was a thing and it went out of style with the time, but it definitely has a comeback now.


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Interior décor at the 60s. Photo courtesy of Decoratorist


1970s

First, who remembers the typical bold patterned linoleum floor? My grandma still has hers at the home and it’s so funny that these trends, that I never liked before, are actually coming back and it looks GOOD!

Bean bag chairs were all over the stores and everyone had one or wanted one. Wood paneling and bold paint colors, crocheted blankets (usually with squared patterns), lava lamps, huge boxed TVs and radios or record players, floral couches. All of these were a thing back in the 70s.


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Interior décor at the 60s. Photo courtesy of Decoratorist


1980s

Using lively colors were still there, and some striking statement pieces from the 70s, continued into the 80s. Pastel colors went on trend. Window and shower curtains were light blue or baby pink everywhere. Some couches were still floral, but the patterns were not as bright and neon as 70s and 60s.


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Interior décor at the 80s. Photo courtesy of The gikitiki.



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Interior décor at the 80s. Photo courtesy of Showcase of interior design: Pacific Edition 1992.


1990s

In the 90s, after years and years, people started to relax with the extravagant colored walls and wallpapers… Also, furniture was on a more neutral color scheme, mostly beiges and woods were there, but most wood colors were seen. Huge recliner couches were the sensation on every living or family room.


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Interior décor at the 90s. Photo courtesy of shechive.


2000s

Starting a new century led people to want a more modern home. This decade we saw brighter and bolder designs, as well as more clean designs. People started to buy futuristic pieces for their homes. Lightning started to be a focus point. Furniture had cleaner and more neutral and plain colors. Some walls started to be re painted with bold colors as accent walls, but most people left them white, because of the freshness and calm the whites spread.


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Interior décor at 2000. Photo courtesy of Rensup.



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Interior décor at 2000. Photo courtesy of Artificial Plants and trees.


2010s

I would describe this decade as clean, fresh, calm, and some greenery. Light colors everywhere, on walls, furniture, pillows, curtains, etc. Some touches of colors and patterns as focus points, but whites were a huge thing on early 2010s. Ending the decade, we could saw wallpapers and bold wall colors are strongly coming back.


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Interior décor at 2010. Photo courtesy of Katie Hodges Design.



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Interior décor at 2010. Photo courtesy of istock.


2020s

This era is really exciting because people is innovating, creating, developing their imagination to create really cool interior design. We can see that lightning plays a huge role, accent walls with wallpaper or bold paint is really on trend right now. Playing with different materials, patterns and lights are totally in right now. So let’s see what else is this decade made of for interior design.


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Interior décor for 2020. Photo courtesy of House Beautiful.



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Interior décor for 2020. Photo courtesy of Love Property.



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Interior décor for 2020. Photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams.


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