Decor through the ages: what has changed

Decor through the ages: what has changed

Every industry sees trends: fashion, technology, transport and even interior décor. When it comes to decorating your home, each season will witness a new colour and style hit the home stores and magazines – and without even realising it sometimes, people will decorate their homes inspired and influenced by a trend.


Decor has changed greatly over time, yet in some places, it has stood the test of time. We take a look at what has changed through the ages.


The 1920s

This decade is one that can be instantly recognised. Following from the First World War, the roaring twenties recovered in style with glamourous art deco details. The 20s quickly became an era of indulgence after the turbulent years of the war. Topping the trends were gold embellishments, instantly-recognisable geometric prints and dark woods.


The 1940s

When the 1940s came around, not only were people recovering from the Second World War, but also the Great Depression in the 1930s. Unlike the ‘20s, there was no splashing out on luxury styles for the home, but rather a ‘make-do-and-mend’ attitude: décor involved reusing fabrics and furniture with many happy to roll their sleeves up to make handmade curtains and bedding.


The 1960s

The decade of peace and love, psychedelic designs and a variety of prints graced the homes. Bold design and brown tones with striking yellow and orange colours were popular. The 1960s was about mismatching patterns – and it worked. Teasmades also became the must-have gadget on everyone’s bedside table.


The 1980s

Walls painted in pastel shades became a big hit and following on from a trend in the 1970s, Artex was a popular feature in ‘80s homes. Floral drapes were a regular sight in bedrooms and Chintz fabric which also featured floral prints was seen gracing most of the home’s furniture.


The 2000s

After the light-coloured cupboards favoured in the 1990s, the early 2000s saw white become the colour of choice. White kitchens with stainless steel appliances were a must-have and still remain popular today.


The 2010s

Replacing the last decades beige décor, grey, grey and more grey became the colour of choice. Throughout the home, this popular trend was all about minimalism. White and grey in a range of different shades were all that graced the home.



We seem to have gone full circle taking inspiration from the 1920s; geometric prints are in with opulent decorations in this decade’s colour, rose gold, becoming the must-have décor for the home. Monochromatic shades are still favoured and home automation has swept through the nation’s homes with voice-controlled lightbulbs and plugs becoming popular – a little more advanced than the Teasmade in the ‘60s.


Functionality is key in today’s homes and divan beds with built-in storage and statement headboards, such as the designs available from Divan Beds Centre, are becoming a must-have in today’s sleek, less-is-more décor.


Decor has come on quite the journey. Home interiors will continue to evolve, but will likely hold on to some pieces from the past – what will be the next popular trend?


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