- Home trends have greatly evolved over the last 100 years.
- Insider spoke to Justina Blakeney, founder of Jungalow, and Corey Damen Jenkins, founder of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates, about how home decor has changed through the years.
- Homes in the 1920s were inspired by the Art Deco movement, and featured geometric furniture and bold colours.
- Today, technology plays a major part in the way homes function and are decorated.
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In the 1920s, interior design was characterised by glamour and sophistication, which was fuelled by the Art Deco movement.
The Art Deco movement played a major role in home decor in the 1920s. Major characteristics of the home during this time included geometric furniture, bold colours, and statement mirrors.
Art Deco home style is made up of bold colours and elaborate ornamentation.
Living rooms in the ’20s featured geometric furniture like curved chairs and sofas.
Corey Damen Jenkins, interior design expert and founder of Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates, told Insider that curvy furniture and metallic finishes were common in the ’20s.
“In the 1920s and ’30s, they definitely favoured bold colour schemes, and homes had a more architectural feel to them,” Jenkins told Insider. “They had the curvy furnishings, and a lot of texture and finishes were experimented with, like mirrored walls and surfaces.”
From oriental rugs to glass chandeliers, the ’20s were all about sophistication with elements of fun.
“There’s a very fine line that you can draw between lifestyle and interior design,” Jenkins told Insider. “People live and decorate the way they want to feel.”
By the 1930s, homeowners began to move away from bold colour schemes and designs, incorporating more subdued tones into their spaces.
During the 1930s, Americans were coping with the Great Depression, which had an impact on home decor.
During the 1930s, home design became more simplistic.
As a result of the 1929 stock market crash, design styles in the 1930s were more simple and subdued in comparison to the lavish trends of the previous decade.
The 1930s were the golden age of the radio.
“In general, what is ubiquitous when it comes to design, is that it’s greatly affected by technology,” Justina Blakeney, founder of Jungalow and interior design expert, told Insider.
In the ’30s, radios were the main source of entertainment, and were often treated like pieces of furniture.
New advancements in technology played a role in the types of appliances people had in their homes.
Kitchens, for example, became more user-friendly as the advent of gas ranges became commonplace in the household.
Homeowners began turning to more affordable options to decorate their homes in the 1940s.
Hardwood floors became “old-fashioned” in the ’40s and were replaced with wall-to-wall carpeting that made the home feel cozier.
More cosy features were incorporated into the home after World War II ended, including wall-to-wall carpeting.
“Those elements of wall-to-wall carpeting, wood panels on walls… those things suggested a sense of comfort and warmth, an escape from the harsh reality outside,” Jenkins told Insider.
Mid-century modern design was popular in the 1950s, and is still around today.
After the war ended, people started to spend more money on interior design, which made the home a more vibrant and fun place.
“I think we went through a really big moment where mid-century modern design was kind of put up on a pedestal as the ‘it’ style for a while,” Blakeney told Insider.
The sleek trend of the ’50s carried into the ’60s, and was emphasised by even brighter colours.
Some characteristics of a home in the 1960s include bright colours, textured rugs, open-shelving, and Scandinavian-inspired wood pieces.
Homeowners in the ’60s wanted to show off their personalities more than ever before.
Homes became more personalised as people began wanting to display their collectible items as decorations. Open shelving became popular as a result.
Homes in the 1970s included more natural, earthy accents like stone, granite, wicker, and pine.
Wooden walls were a common sight, along with accents like stone fireplaces and wicker coffee tables.
Tile countertops were all the rage in the 1970s.
In the 1970s, tile patterns and designs were frequently seen in kitchen floors and counters.
Large shag rugs were another popular home trend throughout the 1970s.
Large shag rugs added texture and character to a ’70s living room.
Interior design in the ’80s took a turn toward pastel colours and floral accents.
The ’80s were undeniably colourful. Household furniture typically consisted of floral designs that came in various shades of pastel yellow, mint-green, and light-pink.
Long, floral drapes that touched the ground were also commonly seen in the ’80s bedroom.
Chintz fabric, which is defined by Vogue as a “glazed Calico often printed or painted with large florals,” was popular in a typical ’80s room.
The design was practically found on every piece of furniture available.
While ’80s home design was all about excess colour and decor, the ’90s is known for its minimalism.
The hit TV show “Friends” is a perfect example of the classic ’90s living room. Natural accents like a wooden coffee table and pine TV stand are all a part of the signature decor of the time.
Light wood cabinets were popular in kitchens in the ’90s.
Light wood colours like orange-stained oak and blonde pine took over as the most common cabinet colours in the ’90s home.
By the 2000s, however, everyone wanted an all-white kitchen with stainless steel appliances.
Stainless steel appliances are still seen in modern kitchens today.
It wasn’t uncommon to find twinkling lights draped over headboards in the early 2000s.
In the early 2000s, twinkling lights grew beyond just being a seasonal decoration and were frequently seen in bedrooms.
In the 2010s, grey was everywhere throughout the home.
Neutral tones like grays and whites were seen frequently in the early 2010s, replacing the previous decade’s beige trend.
By 2017, the grey trend faded and colour started to pop back up in homes.
Jenkins has noticed a number of trends that have gone by the wayside within the last 10 years. He noted that more people in the 2010s leaned toward neutral colours. However, now they’re moving away from the trend.
Jenkins noticed that his clients are asking for more “pops of colour” in their spaces.
“They are looking for ways to celebrate bright, gorgeous colours in their spaces, and less of the neutrals,” Jenkins said. “I find that people are asking for ‘pops of colour.’ They still might want that grey sofa, but now they want that jolt of magenta on the pillows.”
Blakeney has also noticed that her clients want to incorporate more bright colours into their households.
“A home should tell the story of the people who live inside,” Blakeney said. “I’m excited to see people bring more colour and personality into their homes, and having fun with their home decor.”
Technology plays a large role in home design today.
“We’re seeing a lot of ways that current technology is impacting design,” Blakeney said. “People can, for example, choose paint colours and visualise it on apps before they paint their homes.”
Jenkins also addressed the increase in technology in the home, saying: “We’re learning to be smarter and show more ingenuity in a way that still honours the need for technology but does not distract from the beauty and aesthetics of the space.”
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