Everything excellent comes back into vogue at some point, so if you missed these furniture and décor ideas the first time around, here is your opportunity.
Every generation thinks of itself as the master of fads that they believe are unique and novel, but are actually reincarnations of what their parents enjoyed as teenagers. It occurs all the time in fashion design, and because we all shop for and buy new items on a regular basis, we all have a pretty clear notion when a style is making a comeback.
Turns out, this trend-cycling phenomenon also occurs in the worlds of home décor and interior design, but it’s less evident, and the trends tend to last longer than they do in the fashion world. Take, for example, mid-century modern design.
With environmental issues becoming a hot subject in the media these days, demand for sustainable furniture and design is on the rise. Promoting responsible environmental behavior within the house has progressed beyond discussions of chemicals and food, and also includes items, materials, and paintings.
While the industry investigates new manufacturing processes and encourages recycling, the Millennial generation’s rising interest in antique furniture and décor is paving the way.
It’s been gaining in popularity for at least ten years, and it’s now grown so common that it’s effectively set the standard for modern design. While parts of mid-century design may be far from being obsolete in the eyes of the general public, the design community is ready to move on.
But, by moving on, we mean returning to a bygone era—after all, everything wonderful comes full circle, right? The following trends are primed to make a comeback, so now is their chance to shine.
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Here’s how to make each one work in your house.
Art Deco Furniture
Because mid-century modern’s clean lines and minimalist approach to furniture design and décor were originally a direct response to the art deco movement that came before it, it seems logical that revivals of these two styles would follow one another, even if the sequence has shifted.
Art deco is known for its decoration, which includes geometric patterns, symmetry, and old-school glitz. Shell-shaped velvet accent chairs and chaises, as well as wood items embellished with Greek key, triangular, or zig-zag designs, are making a comeback in this Gatsby-era style.
Bamboo, rattan, and wicker
If you ask any porch-dwelling Southerner, wicker and rattan have never gone out of style, but in their natural wood color, combined with bamboo, they’re making a comeback, harkening back to the Tiki days of the 1960s and 1970s.
Rattan, wicker, and bamboo are weaving their way into bar stools, headboards, and storage pieces like chests or side tables, all of which add a little coastal-casual charm, thanks to the overall boho aesthetic that’s popular these days, but in more traditional spaces, rattan, wicker, and bamboo are weaving their way into bar stools, headboards, and storage pieces like chests or side tables, all of which add a little coastal-casual charm.
Appliances from the past
Stainless steel appliances have been the hallmark of a high-end, renovated kitchen for numerous years—the sleeker and more contemporary, the better. Retro appliance designs are making a comeback, whether it’s a bright 1950s-era refrigerator or a recreation of an ancient wood-burning stove.
Retro appliances may be a fun, quirky addition to your kitchen, or a magnificent feature that adds beauty and historic value to your house like any heritage item, thanks to current technology.
Hues from the 1970s
We’re all ready for a little color after years of white and gray environments dominating Pinterest and home design magazines alike. Some of the colors that are dominating the 2019 landscape come straight out of your living room from the 1970s.
Avocado green, orange, tans and browns, and mustard yellow, the most popular of them. In hindsight, we should avoid going all-in with the entire 1970s palette, but the earthy tones are lovely complements to neutrals or even pastels.
Accents in Chrome
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, many of these new home décor trends are a reaction to an overabundance of another hot trend at the moment. The following is an excellent example: For some years, brass has been the metal of choice, appearing in everything from lamp fixtures to cabinet hardware to chair legs.
However, too much of a good thing may tire people out, so instead of gleaming gold, we’ll be seeing gleaming silver, a.k.a. chrome. Chrome furniture and décor can harken back to the 1950s or to the art deco era, when chrome and steel were the dominant metals in furniture design.
Patterns in Geometry
The Ancient Greeks and Moroccans both employed dramatic geometric patterns in their architectural and interior designs, and as this design style advanced, the 1900s saw angular structures and patterns in many shapes.
Such designs are also associated with the Art Deco era, which began in the 1920s and is said to have originated in Paris following World War I. Sleeker, bolder, curved or geometric lines replaced the swirls and floral motifs of Art Nouveau here. Right now, the design is huge, combining classic strong aesthetics with a sharpness that seems both fun and elegant.
Brutalist architecture dates from just after World War II. The term “brutalism” comes from the French word “raw,” and it refers to the use of raw materials such as concrete and steel in housing and government structures. By the 1970s, brutalist design had made its way into the house, with industrial metallics and furniture emulating concrete’s rough surface. It now provides as a counterpoint to Mid-Century Modern, with an unfinished aspect.