It's fascinating to watch trends cycle in and out — and also fascinating to spot, while looking through images of interiors from the past, something that looks very, very familiar. A lot of the trends that we think of as 'new' aren't really new at all — they're old trends that are enjoying new popularity, as evidenced by these images from the history of design.
Above: Gallery walls may be everywhere in modern homes, but they also have a rich history, as evidenced by this living room from 1974 (from Franco Magnanin's Interiors for Today, via Supreme Interiors).
Here's a modern take on a gallery wall, in an interior by stylist Kate S. Jordan.
Beni Ourains are enjoying a spate of huge popularity right now. Here's one in an interior from Domino (complete with bulldog).
Painting your upper and lower cabinets a different color is a new thing... or is it? This vintage kitchen from Flickr user Ethan rocks the two-tone look.
Here's a modern San Francisco kitchen with almost exactly the same color scheme — and the same glass doors, too.
This plant-filled 1970s interior is from A House and Garden Book: Decorating with Plants, via Wit & Whistle.
40 years later, houseplants (and lots of them) are back in a big way, as evidenced by Adam's Los Angeles loft.
I love the look of mixing super modern and super traditional furniture, but this isn't a new thing. Way back in the 70s, people were already rocking the modern mix. Image from The Complete Book of Decorating, via Supreme Interiors.
And here's a modern example, from Design Sponge. Technology may have changed a lot in the meantime — but our new styles have more in common with old styles than you might think.