Interior design trends through the ages.
Tuesday,13 September 2016


The mid-century modern era of the 1950’s saw a neutral colour palette on the walls, with pops of bright colour such as lime green, soft yellows and blues on the cabinetry, décor and feature wallpapered walls. Homes were light and airy, with large windows and sliding doors to open up smaller living spaces. Furniture was geometric in shape, think the Eames chair to reference this era of design.

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Freedom of expression and bold prints burst into the homes of the 1960’s. Homemakers expressed their relaxed style through the use of florals, patterned wallpaper, shagpile carpets, coloured ceramics and a mis-match of textures and psychedelic prints. Glass art and sculptures of organic shapes decorated the homes of the 1960’s.

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Societal changes, high unemployment, advances in technology and environmental awareness saw the style of the 1970’s do away with the material excess of the 60’s. The homes morphed into simpler spaces, filled with earthy tones and bold colours. Think tangerine, legged furniture, wood-panelling and indoor ferns.

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Interior designers of the 1980’s created décor of striking angles, polished metals and floral lounge suites. For 80’s inspired design, think boom-boxes, circular mirrors and black headboards. In the kitchen think small island benches, printed water glasses and timber cabinetry.

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White and beige ruled in the 1990’s, with minimalistic design making a comeback. White kitchens and pine furniture were common, and many experimental homemakers introduced DIY decorating, with sponge-painted feature walls; bottle greens, purples and maroons proving popular. The era also saw inflatable furniture, Hollywood lighting and wallpaper borders.

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Interior design trends of the noughties has seen another boost in environmentalism, with DIY and upcycling trends becoming popular. With a love for industrial style and a nod to the era of older buildings, many home owners are choosing to expose timber beams, opt for polished concrete over carpet and exposing raw brickwork to add character and warmth to their homes. Minimalistic Scandinavian styles have also remained strong throughout the decade, with Ikea-style flat-pack furniture making its way into many homes.

The economic downturn and population increase has also seen houses becoming more compact, and many have done away with large dining rooms and 3-car garages in favour of home offices and open-plan living. With smaller homes comes smaller yards and the humble courtyard has become a much-loved extension of the living space, styled with outdoor rugs and alfresco dining suites, courtyards are designed to be used year-round.

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It’s making a comeback! Cork is an excellent sound-absorber which is perfect for inner-city living. You will spot cork on tables, stools and walls.

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You may have thought terracotta was a thing of the past, but you can expect to see it again! Raw, unpolished terracotta with a matte, rustic finish will soon hit the shelves to add character and warmth to the homes of the future

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Gone are the days of the simple ensemble. You can expect to see plush, cushion covered beds with large quilted headboards and layers of linen in your future abode.

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