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Home Decor Through the Ages

Home Decor Through the Ages

Interior design has changed dramatically throughout the ages. From the first cavemen and women painting on the walls of their caves to chic modern styles, people have always sought to arrange their homes in ways that make them feel comfortable, appeal to their aesthetic senses and demonstrate their abilities to provide for their families. Let's take a look at a few recent decades in the world of home design.

The 1960s
?By the 1960s, divisions had already become popular, since Postwar homes were often created with a lounge located off the main room. However, throughout the 1960s, a large number of homeowners opted to remove this wall in favor of a more open layout. The resulting larger room might be separated into multiple uses, the division made evident by a change in floor material or by using the furniture to make the separation obvious. Floral patterns and trends like feng shui also became popular.

The 1970s
?In the 1970s, economic troubles and a renewed interest in historic preservation caused trends in interior design to moderate. Comfort was the buzzword, and for many homeowners of the day, this meant soft fabrics. Shag carpets, velvet couches and inexpensive materials marked the interiors of many 1970s homes. To this day, many of the design trends implemented in the 1970s - like linoleum floors, shag carpeting and laminate counters - are the motivation for a thorough remodeling job. Understanding how interior design trends evolve, what changes and what stays the same is a fantastic way to stay ahead of the curve and choose elements in your own home that will withstand the test of time.

The 1980s
The dominant styles in the '80s can be (mostly) broken into two groups. There are the 'floral' styles and the 'new age' styles. The open kitchen design trend began to take hold in the '80s and is still preferred by many homeowners today.

Decorators and homeowners pursuing floral styles put flowers all over. Chintz was popular - a floral design that was used to cover everything from sofas to bed sheets to wallpaper. Modern renters still frequently have to look at vinyl floral wallpaper that is a remnant from this trend.

The new age style was marked by geometric shapes and bold color choices, and is instantly recognizable in old movies. This style - and the way that it began looking dated almost immediately - can serve as an object lesson to anyone considering a 'modern' design.

The 1990s
In the early '90s, we see a lot of toned down esthetic choices. Beiges and off-whites became popular in response to the loud '80s. 

In some cases, the results were attractive. The emphasis on minimalism led to some designs that still look appealing today. All-white kitchens, for example, seem to be making a comeback. Pastel colored walls, on the other hand, are not.

By the end of the '90s, things got a little weirder. Floral prints came back (briefly) with a vengeance in some homes, as did shag carpeting in the bathroom. 

Design from 2000 to 2009
In the 1990s, home design was mostly about minimalism. Once the year 2000 hit, though, that changed to include more vibrant colors and interesting patterns.

According to the Guardian, one big home design trend in the 2000s was comfort. People wanted color and wallpaper, floral patterns and fancy prints. "Feature walls" were also a favorite, with homeowners choosing only one wall to accent with a can of paint or a unique wallpaper pattern. Another big trend was nostalgia, with many people choosing to incorporate small pieces once found in homes from 1950s and 1960s, like a chair or table. Don't forget that the 2000s were a big time for Ikea as well.

Design from 2010 to today
Style certainly shifted between 2009 and today. The small sampling of midcentury modern design that was teased in the early years of the decade had a resurgence after 2010, with many homeowners choosing interior design that felt a lot like it was straight out of the 1950s and 1960s.

According to CBS MoneyWatch, another new trend has taken hold in the bathroom. Once, homeowners wanted big whirlpool bathtubs. Today, many homeowners are opting for  large showers and his-and-her vanities. Rainwater shower heads are also incredibly popular, as are clean lines and large, open floor plans.

Which home design trends do you think will be popular over the next five years?


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