Each decade is known for its own home trends. There’s not necessarily a clear-cut start or finish: they overlap with past years, and also come with their own modern twist. We've seen a lot of the 80s these past couple of years (neon, Southwestern style), much of which is still with us today. But, if history is our guide, some of the 90s is next.
But first, a little history lesson. The 90s were about all about retreating from the fast-paced freneticism of the 80s, and getting back to basics. Fueled by the recession, people scaled back, toned down, and returned to earth. Design reflected the zeitgeist, and interiors were serene, minimal, and soothing. Case in point: this neutral, minimalist living room (lead image above) from Terence Conran's The Essential House Book: Getting Back to Basics from 1994.
Here are six decorating choices that came on strong 25 years ago, and what those same trends might look like today.
1. Light Wood & Knotty Pine: Sick of all that dark wenge yet? Maybe you’ll gravitate towards unassuming and inexpensive light pine and blond woods this year. The lead image above shows a simple yet stylish kitchen, designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, which appeared in Casa Vogue in 1997.
Today, pine cabinetry and flooring were used in this modern kitchen designed by Clare Cousins.
3. Japanese Accents: Zen Buddhism fit the image of minimalist living, and as a result, Japanese art and decor bloomed that decade. Above, a living room from Japanese Accents in Western Interiors, published in 1997.
A Japanese-infused mid-century home of today, designed by Laidlaw Schultz architects, via Houzz.
5. White Kitchens: All white kitchens had their heyday in the 90s. Above, a traditional kitchen from the archives of This Old House.
Re-edited from a post originally published 2.11.14-NT