While many people have dismissed the entire decade of the ‘80s for anything home décor related, we suggest not totally neglecting the looks that evolved during this time period. There are some serious interior design strategies worth considering that, when slightly adjusted, will fit perfectly into your modern home.
Let’s take a look at what 80s décor could make a comeback in your 2015 home:
Walls in soft hues have a natural calming effect. Modern takes on the pastel style include:
- Blending with white: a base of white walls and floors help the selected pastels standout. Don’t be afraid to use a collection of pastels here.
- Beyond feminine princess colors: pastels encompass more than just a range of pink and purple. The pastel color palette also includes pale yellows, light greens and soft blues.
- Pair your pastel with a vibrant shade of the same color: these deep, saturated accents create a clean and cohesive look. Alternatively, you can increase drama by using a contrasting color. Try a pastel wall paint and then use accessories in a stronger hue from across the color wheel.
Favorite Furniture Types
Several furniture styles took hold during this decade. Three of our favorites include:
- A sturdy, angular silhouette used to offset overstuffed features.
- Lucite. Try these clear furnishings for smaller pieces. For example, accent chairs and coffee tables.
- Rattan and wicker also became popular. Today, you can find this material in both indoor and outdoor furniture styles.
A Segway to the Contemporary Style
What we consider contemporary style today took roots in the ‘80s. The progression to a simplified look branched out from bold features, geometric elements and clean lines.
While pastels were a hit, bright neon hues also appeared during this decade. Today, we use brights for a fun pick-me-up. Be mindful to not cross the line into obnoxious territory with too many over-the-top clashing colors. Instead go for the surprise factor of one bright color among your accessories.
The Small Kitchen Island
The fully functional kitchen island began its debut in the ‘80s. It was small in contrast to the large features we often see today that include ovens, range tops and lavish storage. However, trends towards space-saving, efficient kitchens have brought back the small island trend that caters mostly to food preparation.
A Traditional Kitchen Table
As the small island makes a comeback, it means the space often used for eating and working at the island is eliminated. The traditional kitchen table then enters the scene. The ‘80s kitchen always had a place for a table that was separate from the formal dining room. Today, this table provides a place to casually eat breakfast, accomplish daily tasks, complete homework and simply gather for conversation.
A Look of Brass
Many designers consider brass a classic finish, especially in Asia. Its warm natural tendencies are desirable. While the brass of the ‘80s was highly shined, it is not likely we will see that look now-a-day. Instead, brass takes on a new tone in the form of antique or burnish. Be mindful as un-lacquered brass is what is considered a living finish. It will change over time. The material will patinate which provides character and warmth, but you can’t expect a uniform finish.
The Southwestern style was a hot trend in the ‘80s. Today, you won’t find as much of the theme-oriented Southwestern look filled with cheap accessories. Instead, you will find a more authentic look with genuine pieces such as Navajo blankets.
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