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Soothing and spiritual, Japanese-inspired design was a popular trend in the 1980s. In a living room from our January 1982 issue, pebbles, carefully selected for their uniformity and subtle tones, are arranged as if they were fruit in a bowl.

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It’s Electric Call it the Miami Vice effect—beigey backgrounds shot through with hints of teal and pink, a nod to the dapper stylings of Crockett and Tubbs.

Popular designs by Memphis Milano inspired bright looks and bold geometric patterns. Rooms with neon colors and abstract art were the norm in the 1980s, such as in this Houston condominium from our September 1980 issue.

The so-called “preppy look” gained a foothold in fashion (remember polo shirts with the collars raised?), and the same thing happened with home decor, characterized by lots of stripes, with blue being a big colour.

As trends go, this one was not so much terrible as it was terribly boring.

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Just Hanging Out Plants went from tabletop to hanging basket, with ivy and vines spilling from the ceilings of kitchens and living rooms.

wanted wallpaper but just couldn’t bring themselves to make a whole-wall commitment.

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The 1980s saw the rise of Reganomics and the birth of yuppies (and guppies and buppies…). America’s youth learned to Just Say No when it wasn’t watching MTV (Madonna! Michael Jackson! Milli Vanilli!) or the films of John Hughes. Television shows such as Dallas (Who shot JR?) and Falcon Crest were but one source of interior design inspiration. Here are some other gems of the decade:

The textile has been a frequent in interior design over the years, with the 80’s being a period that adored Chintz. In fact, we even see the pattern frequently used today. So if you want to emulate the 80’s vibe without the risk of looking dated, Chintz is the way to go.

In terms of taking inspiration from the past the 1980’s interior trend doesn’t seem if it was that long ago. However, if you were an 80’s kid then you may want to bring the feel of your childhood home into your current house. And who can blame you? This trendy is one that is stylish yet offers the sheer comfort you would want in any home. It looks great and is even better to live in. So, here are the top five ways you can bring the 80’s back…

Wall-to-wall carpeting is understandable, but one ’80s design trend that remains baffling was carpeted bathrooms. Given that thick, lush carpeting is also a thick, lush bacteria trap, this is just wrong on so many levels (and no jokes about how this carpet was white when it was installed).

Glass bricks were all the rage in the 1980s, used — and ultimately overused — for their ability to create a room divider while allowing light to stream through. These days, glass blocks are the perfect choice for anyone trying to create a decor themed to “hopelessly dated.

If your house didn’t have country or shabby chic style, it may have been modern with clean-lined furniture and sleek decor. Think Richard Gere’s contemporary apartment in American Gigolo. This house in Biscayne Bay, Florida, from our March 1981 issue, has a geometric fireplace, which has stereo speakers built into each side. Andy Warhol’s portfolio of Mick Jagger silkscreens completely surrounds the room.

Flame stitch patterns include chevron, ikat, and bargello prints (usually all at once). They were huge in the ’80s, often appearing on everything from window treatments to chairs, all in the same matching pattern. But today, they’re coming back a bit subtler, mixed in with other patterns and textures.

Known for its “colorful, kitschy and exaggerated” pieces, Memphis style is making a comeback in the design world. You might recognize these particular designs today in stores like American Apparel and Urban Outfitters. You’ll also see this familiar aesthetic inspiring countless Instagram accounts — from your average high school girl to up-and-coming fashion publications. It’s no wonder these bold colors and quirky patterns have spilled back over into the world of interior design as well.

Nothing screams ’80s louder than etched glass, especially when found on shower doors. Plants and floral motifs were a popular choice at the time, as were swans (go figure) but an etched-glass silhouette of a naked woman riding on a cloud of steam could have come right out of Tony Montana’s bathroom in

1980's Home Decor Trends Everyone Remembers

Wallpaper borders were a big thing in the 1980s, apparently appealing to people who

The white, distressed, and antique look had a large following in the 1980s — and it’s still pretty popular today. In this sunny cottage, featured in our June 1983 issue, sofas are covered with quilted comforters and simple grommets inserted into artist’s-weight canvas are hung like swags.

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Pale, muted pastels were all the rage in the 1980s, often utilized in weird, ulta-busy weird patterns reminiscent of those eye-straining “Magic Eye” posters that became popular in the 1990s.

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Soft pastels were huge in design during the ’80s and ’90s, and they’re popular again but with a slight update. This time around they’re a little more sophisticated. “It’s not the mint green we were seeing before, it’s more like a sage-y color, and it’s not a baby blue, it’s a bit of a dusty blue. You’re seeing it with pinks and oranges and things like that, as well,” says Caitlin Murray, founder and CEO of Black Lacquer Design.

The green-coppery color of Verdigris was found both indoors and outdoors throughout the decade. In this house in the South of France from our July 1982 issue, the table is made from an old church clockface.

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Track lighting is an easy and effective way of bringing the 80’s back. Try to look for track lighting that is big in size. You may have to search around a bit as the track lighting you find in stores today generally tends to be smaller. But when rocking the 1980’s it’s definitely a case of the bigger the better.

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Living room in philanthropist Mary Lasker's Long Island home with pale walls white furnishings and black coffee tables....

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  • Pale Pastels 12/15 Pale Pastels 12/15 Photo Credit: Romana Klee/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Pale, muted pastels were all the rage in the 1980s, often utilized in weird, ulta-busy weird patterns reminiscent of those eye-straining “Magic Eye” posters that became popular in the 1990s. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Pale PastelsPHOTO 12 of 15READ LESS -Pale, muted pastels were all the rage in the 1980s, often utilized in weird, ulta-busy weird patterns reminiscent of those eye-straining “Magic Eye” posters that became popular in the 1990s. Photo Credit: Romana Klee/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Shabby Chic 6/15 Shabby Chic 6/15 Photo Credit: Andy Roberts/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com The term “shabby chic” was first coined in the early 1980s, mixing contemporary pieces with refurbished flea market finds. Although the shabby chic ethos has evolved and matured over the years, the 1980s version was the equivalent of Madonna’s eclectic mix-and-match, underwear-on-the-outside “Like a Virgin”-era wardrobe. There’s a reason why she doesn’t dress that way anymore. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Shabby ChicPHOTO 6 of 15READ LESS -The term “shabby chic” was first coined in the early 1980s, mixing contemporary pieces with refurbished flea market finds. Although the shabby chic ethos has evolved and matured over the years, the 1980s version was the equivalent of Madonna’s eclectic mix-and-match, underwear-on-the-outside “Like a Virgin”-era wardrobe. There’s a reason why she doesn’t dress that way anymore. Photo Credit: Andy Roberts/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Vertical Blinds 14/15 Vertical Blinds 14/15 Photo Credit: Daniel Novta/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Along with track lighting and cane furniture, vertical blinds were embraced in the 1980s, primarily as a way to force future homeowners to rip them out and install a window covering that doesn’t look like it belongs in Richard Gere’s American Gigolo apartment. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Vertical BlindsPHOTO 14 of 15READ LESS -Along with track lighting and cane furniture, vertical blinds were embraced in the 1980s, primarily as a way to force future homeowners to rip them out and install a window covering that doesn’t look like it belongs in Richard Gere’s American Gigolo apartment. Photo Credit: Daniel Novta/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Vinyl Flooring 15/15 Vinyl Flooring 15/15 Photo Credit: Michael McCauslin/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Vinyl was all the rage in kitchens and bathrooms (or at least the ones that weren’t carpeted), but who isn’t glad this trend has gone the way of Flock of Seagulls and the DeLorean? Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Vinyl FlooringPHOTO 15 of 15READ LESS -Vinyl was all the rage in kitchens and bathrooms (or at least the ones that weren’t carpeted), but who isn’t glad this trend has gone the way of Flock of Seagulls and the DeLorean? Photo Credit: Michael McCauslin/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Laura Ashley Florals 11/15 Laura Ashley Florals 11/15 Photo Credit: Jean L./Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Hard to believe now, but back in the 1980s there were upwards of 200 Laura Ashley outlets throughout the world, selling floral-print clothing, bedding, pillows and the like. Looking back, the overall effect was kind of like living in a life-sized version of Barbie’s Dream House. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Laura Ashley FloralsPHOTO 11 of 15READ LESS -Hard to believe now, but back in the 1980s there were upwards of 200 Laura Ashley outlets throughout the world, selling floral-print clothing, bedding, pillows and the like. Looking back, the overall effect was kind of like living in a life-sized version of Barbie’s Dream House. Photo Credit: Jean L./Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Wallpaper Borders 9/15 Wallpaper Borders 9/15 Photo Credit: Daniel Oines/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Wallpaper borders were a big thing in the 1980s, apparently appealing to people who kind of wanted wallpaper but just couldn’t bring themselves to make a whole-wall commitment. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Wallpaper BordersPHOTO 9 of 15READ LESS -Wallpaper borders were a big thing in the 1980s, apparently appealing to people who kind of wanted wallpaper but just couldn’t bring themselves to make a whole-wall commitment. Photo Credit: Daniel Oines/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Harvest Gold Appliances 3/15 Harvest Gold Appliances 3/15 Photo Credit: Janice Waltzer/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Harvest gold became the go-to colour for ’80s kitchen appliances, supplanting the avocado-hued fridges and stoves of the previous decade. And while you could make the argument that harvest gold was slightly more attractive, that’s kind of like arguing that getting punched in the nose is better than stepping on a nail. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Harvest Gold AppliancesPHOTO 3 of 15READ LESS -Harvest gold became the go-to colour for ’80s kitchen appliances, supplanting the avocado-hued fridges and stoves of the previous decade. And while you could make the argument that harvest gold was slightly more attractive, that’s kind of like arguing that getting punched in the nose is better than stepping on a nail. Photo Credit: Janice Waltzer/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Ferns 2/15 Ferns 2/15 Photo Credit: Jesse Richmond/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com For reasons that have been lost to the sands of time, ferns became ridiculously popular with designers during the 1980s. The intent was clearly to add some organic greenery to the space, yet when overdone (which happened a lot) the affect was more akin to being on the set of a Tarzan movie. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)FernsPHOTO 2 of 15READ LESS -For reasons that have been lost to the sands of time, ferns became ridiculously popular with designers during the 1980s. The intent was clearly to add some organic greenery to the space, yet when overdone (which happened a lot) the affect was more akin to being on the set of a Tarzan movie. Photo Credit: Jesse Richmond/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • The Preppy Look 13/15 The Preppy Look 13/15 Photo Credit: Design Folly/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com The so-called “preppy look” gained a foothold in fashion (remember polo shirts with the collars raised?), and the same thing happened with home decor, characterized by lots of stripes, with blue being a big colour. As trends go, this one was not so much terrible as it was terribly boring. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)The Preppy LookPHOTO 13 of 15READ LESS -The so-called “preppy look” gained a foothold in fashion (remember polo shirts with the collars raised?), and the same thing happened with home decor, characterized by lots of stripes, with blue being a big colour. As trends go, this one was not so much terrible as it was terribly boring. Photo Credit: Design Folly/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Glass Bricks 5/15 Glass Bricks 5/15 Photo Credit: Robbie Sproule/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Glass bricks were all the rage in the 1980s, used — and ultimately overused — for their ability to create a room divider while allowing light to stream through. These days, glass blocks are the perfect choice for anyone trying to create a decor themed to “hopelessly dated.” Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Glass BricksPHOTO 5 of 15READ LESS -Glass bricks were all the rage in the 1980s, used — and ultimately overused — for their ability to create a room divider while allowing light to stream through. These days, glass blocks are the perfect choice for anyone trying to create a decor themed to “hopelessly dated.” Photo Credit: Robbie Sproule/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Wall-to-Wall Shag Carpeting 7/15 Wall-to-Wall Shag Carpeting 7/15 Photo Credit: army.archSource: www.flickr.com Just think, there’s probably some gorgeous hardwood flooring concealed beneath all shag — and you don’t even want to know how many Muppets lost their lives in order to create that carpet. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Wall-to-Wall Shag CarpetingPHOTO 7 of 15READ LESS -Just think, there’s probably some gorgeous hardwood flooring concealed beneath all shag — and you don’t even want to know how many Muppets lost their lives in order to create that carpet. Photo Credit: army.archSource: www.flickr.com
  • Etched Glass Shower Doors 1/15 Etched Glass Shower Doors 1/15 Photo Credit: Bart Everson/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Nothing screams ’80s louder than etched glass, especially when found on shower doors. Plants and floral motifs were a popular choice at the time, as were swans (go figure) but an etched-glass silhouette of a naked woman riding on a cloud of steam could have come right out of Tony Montana’s bathroom in Scarface. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Etched Glass Shower DoorsPHOTO 1 of 15READ LESS -Nothing screams ’80s louder than etched glass, especially when found on shower doors. Plants and floral motifs were a popular choice at the time, as were swans (go figure) but an etched-glass silhouette of a naked woman riding on a cloud of steam could have come right out of Tony Montana’s bathroom in Scarface. Photo Credit: Bart Everson/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Carpeted Bathroom 8/15 Carpeted Bathroom 8/15 Photo Credit: Phillip Stewart/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Wall-to-wall carpeting is understandable, but one ’80s design trend that remains baffling was carpeted bathrooms. Given that thick, lush carpeting is also a thick, lush bacteria trap, this is just wrong on so many levels (and no jokes about how this carpet was white when it was installed). Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Carpeted BathroomPHOTO 8 of 15READ LESS -Wall-to-wall carpeting is understandable, but one ’80s design trend that remains baffling was carpeted bathrooms. Given that thick, lush carpeting is also a thick, lush bacteria trap, this is just wrong on so many levels (and no jokes about how this carpet was white when it was installed). Photo Credit: Phillip Stewart/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Pink Bathrooms 4/15 Pink Bathrooms 4/15 Photo Credit: lily_nymph/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Seriously, what was the deal with pink bathrooms in the ’80s? Pink paint + pink tiles + pink tub enclosure = waaay too much pink. A popular bathroom colour in the 1950s that was revived for the 1980s, let’s hope this particular trend isn’t exhumed anytime soon. Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)Pink BathroomsPHOTO 4 of 15READ LESS -Seriously, what was the deal with pink bathrooms in the ’80s? Pink paint + pink tiles + pink tub enclosure = waaay too much pink. A popular bathroom colour in the 1950s that was revived for the 1980s, let’s hope this particular trend isn’t exhumed anytime soon. Photo Credit: lily_nymph/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com
  • Chintz 10/15 Chintz 10/15 Photo Credit: Bill Bradford/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com Chintz can be somewhat polarizing, with people either loving it or hating it. Of course, when you see it used like this, it’s pretty easy to pick a side… Decorating15 Design Trends We Loved in the ’80s (but Shudder at Now)ChintzPHOTO 10 of 15READ LESS -Chintz can be somewhat polarizing, with people either loving it or hating it. Of course, when you see it used like this, it’s pretty easy to pick a side… Photo Credit: Bill Bradford/Flickr Creative CommonsSource: www.flickr.com

Classic blue-and-white stripes were just one of the hallmarks of preppy style. In a vacation house featured in our October 1983 issue, the furniture is slipcovered in a crisp blue-and-white striped fabric from Ralph Lauren Home Furnishings.

Just think, there’s probably some gorgeous hardwood flooring concealed beneath all shag — and you don’t even want to know how many Muppets lost their lives in order to create that carpet.

I Can See Clearly Now Everyone was an engineer with land-line phones housed in translucent casings that allowed you to see their inner workings. The real mystery was how to decide between one of those and a hamburger phone.

A mirrored wall was a frequent in homes during the 1980’s. Whilst it may look fantastic it also offers the benefit of making the room in question look bigger too. It is a win-win. The great thing about this trend is that no matter how far you date it back to it always manages to look contemporary and in-fashion.

Harvest gold became the go-to colour for ’80s kitchen appliances, supplanting the avocado-hued fridges and stoves of the previous decade. And while you could make the argument that harvest gold was slightly more attractive, that’s kind of like arguing that getting punched in the nose is better than stepping on a nail.

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The first open kitchens — designed for family living — were designed in the 1980s. In this kitchen in a Connecticut Colonial house featured in our April 1981 issue, the open floorplan space included a dining area and family room.

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Curtain Call There are drapes, and then there are drapes—floor-sweeping window coverings featuring all the bells and whistles, such as valances and swag and jabot. Guess which kind Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan had?

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Seriously, what was the deal with pink bathrooms in the ’80s? Pink paint + pink tiles + pink tub enclosure = waaay too much pink. A popular bathroom colour in the 1950s that was revived for the 1980s, let’s hope this particular trend isn’t exhumed anytime soon.

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In the 1980s, chintz worked in just about every room. Featured in our October 1981 issue, a sitting area in Old Westbury Gardens in Long Island, New York, the Baker sofas are covered in Brunschwig & Fils’s Westbury Bouquet glaze chintz.

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See Here There was no playing footsie during dessert under clear glass dining tables that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a midtown law office’s conference room.

Though it may seem like you just rid your home of every brass accessory you were so excited about in the ’80s and ’90s, brass is back. Almost everything comes back in style if you wait long enough. According to designer Lee Robinson of Lee W. Robinson Company, “Brass is much more understated and luxurious than it used to be. Instead of appearing common, it is an element of the overall design of a room that shows just a hint of luxury.”

1980s interior design involved a lot of loud, bold prints in daring colors. Today, many of these prints have adapted to the 21st century by holding onto their unique characteristics, but have toned things down a bit overall. Jungle print was big in the ’80s. Today, green, leafy prints are making a comeback. “While the look is a little less wild, eclectic palm prints and exotic plant life are still turning interiors into a jungle oasis,” says Laurel & Wolf.

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Go (South)west, Young Man So what if the closest you’d been to New Mexico was the local Taco Bell? With paintings of bleached cow skulls and pastel-hued sunsets, every living room could be a portal to the Old West.

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That classic ’80s Miami style is getting a bit of an update. Think a little less Miami Vice, a little more sleek modern. You can achieve the updated Miami look with big windows, spiraling staircases, creative mirrors, and lots of white.

For reasons that have been lost to the sands of time, ferns became ridiculously popular with designers during the 1980s. The intent was clearly to add some organic greenery to the space, yet when overdone (which happened a lot) the affect was more akin to being on the set of a

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Let’s face it: the 1980s was a weird decade, which is certainly reflected in the interior design of the era. From the twee florals of Laura Ashley to the obsession with ferns to the lingering horror of wall-to-wall carpeting — in the bathroom! — here are 15 ’80s design trends we’re glad to see gone.

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There’s no question that soft pastels were a popular color palette in the 1980s. In a New Orleans, Louisiana, house featured in our April 1983 issue, generous amounts of white, in all textures and materials, intensify the soft colors.

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And last but not least, how could we possibly end this article without a mention of palm plants? Living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms – you name it; palm plants were everywhere in the 80’s! And adding a bit of green to your home is never a bad thing. It refreshes the space and breathes in a new lease of life to the room.

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Chintz actually originates from India and can be dated back to the 1600’s. After a while Chintz started to be imported to England and was seen as an extremely rare and desirable piece, hence the expensive price tag. These prints were popular for quilts, bed covers and draperies – as they are today.

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Big Audio Dynamite Turn it up to 11 on stereo speakers the approximate size of a Yugo—and about as easy to park.

Preppy style, pastels, chintz — your house probably had one of these interior design trends in the 1980s. Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce with these blasts from the pasts from House Beautiful’s archives.

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Hard to believe now, but back in the 1980s there were upwards of 200 Laura Ashley outlets throughout the world, selling floral-print clothing, bedding, pillows and the like. Looking back, the overall effect was kind of like living in a life-sized version of Barbie’s Dream House.

Pop art’s famous bold colors and prints are gaining popularity in modern design once again. “With the decade’s love for bright colors, it’s no surprise that the vibrant, primary-toned pop art of the 1960s made a comeback in the ’80s,” says Laurel & Wolf. “As trends tend to repeat themselves, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein are also favorites in today’s design world.”

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The term “shabby chic” was first coined in the early 1980s, mixing contemporary pieces with refurbished flea market finds. Although the shabby chic ethos has evolved and matured over the years, the 1980s version was the equivalent of Madonna’s eclectic mix-and-match, underwear-on-the-outside “Like a Virgin”-era wardrobe.

There’s a reason why she doesn’t dress that way anymore.

Country Living Even city dwellers could dream they were sleeping in pastoral England, thanks to Laura Ashley’s matching floral bedding with enough coordinated sheets, duvets, pillowcases, shams, dust ruffles, and throw pillows to fill your white enamel frame bed a thousand times over.

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Found even in city apartments, the country look reigned in the 1980s. In a Texas kitchen from our September 1980 issue, the room is the “homey hub” of the house. To complete the look, the owner displayed split-oak baskets and used glazed ceramic tiles and canisters.

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Let’s face it; most of us don’t get to enjoy our patio furniture as much as we’d like. The weather doesn’t allow for it. So, why not make like the 80’s and bring your patio furniture inside? A solo patio chair can be a quirky addition to any living room or kitchen.

Chintz can be somewhat polarizing, with people either loving it or hating it. Of course, when you see it used like this, it’s pretty easy to pick a side…

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Leave a Light On Forget the humble Edison bulb—halogen heat was the only way to illuminate a desk or end table. So what if it would occasionally burn through paper?

Skirting the Issue You’re never fully dressed without a smile—and your side table was apparently never fully dressed without a floor-length ruffled skirt and protective (from what?) glass topper.

Along with track lighting and cane furniture, vertical blinds were embraced in the 1980s, primarily as a way to force future homeowners to rip them out and install a window covering that doesn’t look like it belongs in Richard Gere’s

Vinyl was all the rage in kitchens and bathrooms (or at least the ones that weren’t carpeted), but who isn’t glad this trend has gone the way of Flock of Seagulls and the DeLorean?

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When you think ’80s interior design, you think big, bold prints and loud colors. Well, whether you like it or not, a lot of those loud design choices are coming back in a big way. Read on to find out which of your favorite 1980s design trends are back in style.

Take a Seat Was there anything more uncomfortable than a high-backed, carved wooden dining chair? Thankfully, many often had a floral cushion tied on the seat as a distraction.



Make use of what you already possess to decorate. All of us possess items in our ownership , probably packed up inside boxes somewhere and haven`t given them a next glance. Your property needs many accessories. As opposed to running in order to the store, take the good look at everything you already have. Trays, wood made , acrylic, metal or metallic can be on top rated of luggage racks, herbal tea carts, trunks, bedside furniture and coffee tables with regard to extra texture and aspect . Arrange candles on all of them , frames or pile textbooks on top of these people . Plates can be installed to create wonderful wall structure art. Art from kids books can be presented and hung in nurseries, children`s rooms or their very own bathrooms. You will end up being amazed at your talent with what you previously have!

Make use of area rugs to ease hardwood floors. Throw area rugs give warmth and may add great texture, coloring and personality to your current living space. Hardwood floor surfaces are beautiful and effortless to keep but they be short of the comfort that carpeted floors offer, particularly inside the cooler months. Location rugs can also include fun and functionality in order to your liveable space . Use many of varying patterns and even fabrics together to show off your character. Or include several rugs of the particular identical pattern and cloth , or different textures nevertheless the same color. The particular possibilities are endless. A person can change your place rugs to reflect the particular seasons using warmer hues and fabrics for chillier months and lighter kinds for the warmer occasions of the year. Generally there are many lovely organic cotton , washable area rugs which usually are perfect for those houses with children. There actually is no reason exactly why a house with young young children cannot end up being a trendy one.

Wicker baskets. Straw-plaited baskets are an affordable and elegant approach to include storage to any area . Baskets can be applied to store and screen books, architectural and interior decoration magazines, toys, towels in addition to blankets to name the few. Place a handful of smaller wicker baskets within the counter-tops in your kitchen to be able to beautifully display and shop your fruit and fresh vegetables.

Regardless of whether you`ve just moved and looking for a rapid , little home pick-me-up, or perhaps perhaps something better, generally there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers use that you simply too can very easily do with minimal work and cost. Sometimes the particular smallest things associated with finest impact. It could get digging in a hand mirror , a painting, a light fixture or even a flower. You may want to make softer your walls, brighten some sort of room, or then add friendliness to your living room. Check out these clever design and style as well as notice how they can motivate you!

Coloring or wallpaper your bookcases. This instant pop associated with color will brighten and even re-energize any room! Is actually amazing how something therefore simple as a cover of colorful paint may instantly energize and enhance your space. This integrated bookcase would be basic and ordinary minus the shiny blue interior. Probably the most basic and most inexpensive solution to transform a boring room is always to apply a cover of paint somewhere unpredicted . Bookcases are an excellent place to start as you don`t need to color a large area. Some other fun places to include some sort of pop of color contain painting fireplace mantels, the particular insides of closets, hallways and ceilings.

Differ your workout. Mix upward patterns and textures. Blend up old and fresh , expensive and cheap. There`s nothing wrong with putting family heirlooms alongside your own modern couch. Great inside decorators will tell a person that one of typically the most important aspect to be able to decorating your property is that this reflects who you happen to be , your personality and your own style. The vintage Chippendale table that was your grandfather`s tells a story. That tells the story regarding your past. The contemporary couch you became adoringly obsessed with and merely had to purchase furthermore tells a story, your current story, and there is usually no reason the found and past can`t co-exist beautifully together. A similar could be said for fine art. You might not desire to place an artwork by Salvador Dali on a single wall next to the Monet, but there`s zero reason why that they can`t get in the same place together. With fabrics no matter if it be furniture, mats or pillows, varied colours and patterns may bring warmness and texture with your dwelling space.

Add a clinging pot holder to your current kitchen. Kitchens are designed to be warm and even inviting. We spend substantially of our time within them whether it get for preparing meals, providing meals or entertaining. The hanging pot rack is advantageous elegance. Kitchens are designed to feel as nevertheless they are in continuous use and a suspending pot rack certainly helps make one feel this method . In addition to searching so wonderful, (there a wide range of sizes and styles available) additional cupboard space listed below is actually freed up in order to store other items. Hardly ever has anyone complained regarding having too much storage space.

Slip into a thing more comfortable!. Slip protects frequently get a negative rap but they are usually truly wonderful things. These people can function as a method of changing your furniture`s look to reflect the particular seasons. These easily taken out coverings improve a superior look without constantly stressing about people dirtying or even spilling on your pieces of furniture . Slip covers are excellent for rooms used usually by children. Over some sort of white slip-covered couches shows the air of an informal , comfortable, easy yet superior elegance.

Employ decorative mirrors to incorporate fast light to your living area . As seen above, wall mirrors doubles to make the small space feel bigger . For larger rooms, or perhaps any room with a new more limited amount involving natural light, mirrors positioned directly across through the home windows , will add instant lighting . Decorative mirrors doubles inside lieu of art in order to fill empty wall area . Large or small, wall mirrors add light and sizing to your living area.

Paint smaller bedrooms in softer, lighter colours to make the room think larger. The living area above is an excellent sort of how in order to maximize a small living area . A room of this specific size has got the tendency in order to seem cramped, nevertheless the significant windows, light colored surfaces and ample using wall mirrors not only reflect the particular natural light pouring within in the doors and the particular windows however the use involving mirrors also provides optic illusion of space, generating the room seem larger than it actually is usually . Conversely, darker colors may make a room think smaller. Even with the particular abundance of natural light source and the strategic saving of the mirrors, this specific room in a more dark shade might have an extra boxed-in feel into it.

Living green . Add plants to be able to your livable space . Add all of them to every room, smaller or large, few or perhaps many. Plants could be an affordable means to accessorizing your current space and adding colour and texture. Not just are plants beautiful nevertheless many can clean house air and balance moisture . They can absorb impurities and remove harmful gas from the air. Zero home should be without having these wonderful greens!

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