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Subject: 1990s interior decoration/home design?

Written By: 90s Guy on 04/20/18 at 1:36 pm

What do you remember about either your house, or the houses of people you knew, in the 1990s as far as interior design goes? In the way that there was definitely a general interior look to homes in the 50s, 60s and 70s and they all looked different, was there any hallmarks of 90s home design?

My first home (lived there from birth to 1994):

In early 1993, my parents switched the living room with the dining room in terms of location. The hallmarks of this house (and the next two) were my family's Bamboo furniture, which my mom had gotten in the late 80s and we kept until 1997.

Second house (1994-January 1997). You'll note new furniture and also if you have a keen eye how the house, especially the living room, developed between 1994 and 1996 especially and changed.

I'll have more later.

Subject: Re: 1990s interior decoration/home design?

Written By: karen on 04/20/18 at 2:40 pm

We bought our first house in 1990. A trend in the living room was one wall papered with a patterned paper and the other walls painted a complimentary colour. We had the very trend black and red paper with grey walls, grey carpet and black, red and grey curtains. The furniture was all black ash in colour, another early nineties trend in the UK.

The only kitchen trend I can think of was not we one followed, but friends did. This was choosing one design for your dinner set and using that pattern on all the accents in the kitchen. The main choices were either Eternal Beau or Summer Chintz, both made by Johnson Brothers. Friends had the entire set, place mats, kitchen clock, tea towels, ironing board cover, etc.

Subject: Re: 1990s interior decoration/home design?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 04/20/18 at 11:16 pm

I recall a good friend couple that redid their kitchen in the early 1990's.  They installed blonde oak cabinetry - all the rage at the time - this color:

I recall they used wallpaper, white with intense pink and slate blue swirls & dots, and blue laminate countertops.  It looked amazing at the time.  Their wallpaper had a nice border - borders were a must with 90's wallpaper.

In the 90's I recall pastels were pretty popular.  Antiques were all the rage - but as a counterpoint, high lacquered furniture styles were still popular too, the favorite colors being ivory or black.  Where there were antiques, you could find the styles surrounded with lots of knick-knacks, and lots of ruffles and lace.  Where you found lacquered furniture it tended to have a more modernistic, spare look.  Another popular look was country - oak furniture ruled in these settings, plus country fixin's - quilts, pillows and stuffed animals.  Using glass and/or mirrors continued to be somewhat popular, but waned as the decade wore on.  One last thing - brass and gold colored plumbing fixtures were much beloved in the 90's.

Subject: Re: 1990s interior decoration/home design?

Written By: ofkx on 04/21/18 at 11:58 am

Did the 90s have a different interior decoration trends than the rest of the decades? I feel like there hasn't really been any prominent trends since the 70s.

Unrelated, but the second picture is the cutest picture I've seen all day.

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