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How has Home Design Changed Over the Decades?

There has been some interesting home design looks over the years with each decade taking away one defining movement. For the 20’s it was art deco, for the 50’s it was mid-century modern and for the 00’s it was minimalism.

Its often said that the same things always come back into fashion, so, let’s take a look into the future by delving into the past.

Here is a brief history of how much home design has changed over the last 50 years.

The 1950s

In the middle of the post-war recovery, consumerism was rife with people enjoying their newfound lease of life. Compared to just 10 years ago, people had more money and bigger homes which meant there was a surge of interest in home décor.

The typical 50s home was bright and colourful, a far cry from the life of rations and practicality. Now, homes were embracing the lavish look with metallic accessories, appliances and gadgets galore.

The 1960s

A decade for breaking boundaries, the 60s saw home interiors continue with the bold looks.

Psychedelic patterns were on the rise as was the popularity of dark woods.

The 60s saw most homes now owning a television, which was still very much an exciting and unusual thing. A lot of living room designs made sure that the television was the main focal point of the room.

The 60s was a transformative decade that saw designs combining both traditional and modern looks which would eventually lead to the postmodernism movement we know today.

If this decade were to be summarised in one home item, it would be the lava lamp.

The 1970s

The hedonistic days of the 50s and 60s are long gone by the time the 70s rolled around. The financial market became stagnant with a recession that lead to mass unemployment.

Home design in the 70s began to lean towards more natural materials – a far cry from the consumerist look of the 50s. Earthy tones and wicker furniture became the norm, yet there were still some modern looks to come.

After the moon landing in 1969, some futuristic furniture started to appear, such as the egg chair.

The 1980s

Stepping once again into better days, the 80s was another chance to spruce up the home. While fashion certainly leant itself to nightmarish pattern combinations and unusual colour pairings, the average home was much more subtle.

Shabby chic was the look of the decade with distressed furniture and neutral tones to match. Despite some kooky design movements like 80s Deco and Avant-Garde, the interiors world remained very much low-key.

The 1990s

Recovering from the crazy looks of the past few decades, the 90s welcomes an even more toned-down look. Simple furniture and inoffensive colours were the order of the day with pine furniture, in particular, proving to be favourable.

All in all, the 90s were a quiet time for the interior design world.

The 2000s

The millennium once again brought a wave of fresh looks. Homeowners started to embrace colours once again and with the likes of Ikea appearing, flat pack furniture became all the craze.

The ease of measuring the space in your home and building an entire room yourself was a novelty.

The noughties were when technology really took off with more and more homes adapting to suit the latest developments and technological advancements.

The 2010’s

Stepping into the current decade, we’ve seen a lot of changes.

At the beginning of the decade, home décor was still focused on minimalism and clean lines.

However, skip forward a few years and trends like maximalism have well and truly taken off.

Bold colours, mixed materials and exposed masonry couldn’t be any trendier. Upcycling and DIY are as popular as ever with places like RS Components offer measuring tools that make for an even easier job of creating your own bespoke pieces.

Without even noticing, the home interiors world is an everchanging industry. Who knows what the defining look of the next decade will be!

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Written by Nat Sauteed

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