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As designers and decorators of our own homes, we love to find whatever current trends and styles we can to maintain a home that fits both our personality and the decade (or year) we’re in. The evolution of home décor seems to go back and forth… Wallpaper was popular in the ’80s and ’90s, 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…

80s home decor

The 80s was a time when people started to have money to decorate. Most of the hippies had faded away and the modern troubadour of the working world emerged. You can see lots of pastel and floral themes on the chairs with the fabrics that back them. They also had light colored wood that was almost but not quite white.

90’s style

No more sex! The ’90s meant you threw out your padded fabric chairs and caught up. Here you will see sensible colors for furniture, think something very neutral. They may have still had that sponge-painted wall decor back in the 90s, but most ended up painting over it. You can also see persistent wallpaper, but in general it was no longer in fashion. You can see leather and any kind of quality wood coming in. However, the 1980s crystals would probably still be in a cabinet on display, although that was slowly fading. (Side note: my mom was devastated that she didn’t want to take her crystal and her rabbit hutch!)

Selections of 2000

This era had a bit of brass. He preferred the brown walls and the ceramic vases. Everything related to the 80s and 90s was thrown away. People liked fresh cut flowers and not the silk ones that their grandparents had displayed in their houses. You won’t see glass end tables from the 80s here anymore. Also, the walls are no longer papered unless it’s an ultra-modern black and white look. 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 homewares, furniture, and 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 that she is grown, she has the house she built as a child and hopes that her passion will help others find ways to make her home perfect.

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