Everything Old is New Again: 5 'New' Trends that Aren't Really New at All

Everything Old is New Again: 5 'New' Trends that Aren't Really New at All

Nancy Mitchell
Aug 3, 2015
(Image credit: Interiors for Today)

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).

(Image credit: Kate S. Jordan)

Here's a modern take on a gallery wall, in an interior by stylist Kate S. Jordan.

(Image credit: Decoration U.S.A.)

I did a double take when I saw this 1960s interior (from the book Decoration U.S.A., via Retrospace). Is that... a Beni Ourain rug? Yup, it sure is.

(Image credit: Domino)

Beni Ourains are enjoying a spate of huge popularity right now. Here's one in an interior from Domino (complete with bulldog).

(Image credit: Ethan under CC BY 2.0)

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.

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Here's a modern San Francisco kitchen with almost exactly the same color scheme — and the same glass doors, too.

(Image credit: Wit & Whistle)

This plant-filled 1970s interior is from A House and Garden Book: Decorating with Plants, via Wit & Whistle.

(Image credit: Adam's Afternoon Light)

40 years later, houseplants (and lots of them) are back in a big way, as evidenced by Adam's Los Angeles loft.

(Image credit: Supreme Interiors)

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.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

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.

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