When it comes to style and design, there are always new trends that pop up and take over. From the Roaring 20’s to the Groovy 70s, every decade has offered a truly defining look that has made a lasting impact on the industry. As we enter a new decade, let’s take a look at home design trends through the decades to see how far interior design has come through the years.
The early 1900s were the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, which really favored simple form and folk styles for décor. Additionally, statement making furniture was extremely popular during this time to help set a focal point in a minimalistic room. You may notice that this trend continues to thrive in the modern age as many homeowners enjoy neutral design with pops of color.
This time period was the rise of the Art Deco movement, which is still very prevalent in certain design styles. During this time, it was not uncommon to see various materials used to make up one piece of furniture – for example you could fine a stainless-steel framed sofa that was upholstered in leather. Also, geometric textures as well as large round mirrors became a big staple in homes during this time period.
The Roaring Twenties were a very glamorous decade with a lot of celebration and many parties. Naturally, with so much hosting going on cocktail cabinets and bars were all the rage! The mid-twenties were also the beginning of interior design as a profession in the U.S., and the majority of design trends revolved around geometric shapes, bold colors and glamorous materials. Design was strongly influenced by the fine arts as well as other cultures like oriental rugs, animal skins, ivory and tortoiseshell. Additionally, new innovation, like the electric refrigerator was introduced, which drastically changed the kitchen.
In the 30s, people lived more practically and with more simplicity thanks to the stock market crash and the gloom of the Great Depression. All this considered, design was still flourishing, and trends circulated around muted colors, leather armchairs and simple silhouettes. The start of suburban neighborhoods was also introduced during this decade.
The 40s were the first introduction of a modern home, which was characterized by open living spaces with big windows and sliding glass doors that open up into a backyard area. New materials like linoleum were used for floors and metal for cabinets. Post-Depression homes were inspired to exude a more joyful aesthetic with floral patterns and frilly draperies.
The concept of modern, open homes continued to grow in the 50s, and other modern amenities began to be introduced including TVs. This turned the living room space into a gathering area for families to come together comfortably and watch their favorite shows. This decade is well-remembered for black-and-white checkered flooring, vinyl, plaid fabric, wood paneling and unique colors like pink and green.
The 60s introduced a new influx of European inspired furniture. This decade was also well known for psychedelic and vibrant décor trends, including influence from pop artists like Andy Warhol. Additionally, early hippies brought home Indian and Moroccan décor items, plenty of floral motifs as well as shag rugs, lava lamps, bamboo and wicker furniture as well as very aggressive color combinations.
During the 70s American households took on a very eclectic aesthetic mixing together various design styles, like mid-century modern furniture with futuristic elements. The main color trends of this decade were burnt orange, olive green and fuchsia.
The 80s brought a huge influx of technology and new design trends. Wallpaper became very popular as did plastic vertical blinds, glass surfaces and the preppy style. In terms of color trends muted pastels were very in style as were abstract and geometric patterns in artwork and fabrics.
The 90s brought about a mix of different styles, including floral and frilly “Grandma” style design, bold patterns and stripes as well as a cohesive combination of various design trends from decades past. This was the last decade to feature bright primary colors before neutrals took the industry by storm.
As communication and technology flourished, the 2000s were the first full decade where you would find dedicated rooms to a home office. Additionally, modern style became highly desirable and affordable with the introduction of Swedish furniture from IKEA when the big store made its way to the U.S.
In the 2010s, we saw an influx of rustic and industrial style furniture and design pop up, especially with the rise of HGTV and shows like Fixer Upper. DIY was hugely popular, and the rustic farmhouse look became extremely desirable in homes throughout the nation.
Design is constantly borrowing inspiration from previous trends, and you may notice that some of the most popular styles tend to come back time and time again. For more design inspiration please contact us, or follow our blog!