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The Best (& Worst) Home Décor Trends from Every Decade

I’m so obsessed with black-and-white bathrooms right now and forever. I love that they speak to just about every taste, from rustic farmhouse to eclectic crazy to sleek minimalist. It’s a timeless choice that always pays off when it comes to resale.

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Décor lovers look back at shag carpeting the same way they look back at shoulder pads: with a mix of humor, horror, and always nostalgia. Since that’s half the fun of it, we went ahead and rounded up the most dreadful (and wonderful) trends in American home décor history. All aboard the time machine.

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1920s Best: Cocktail Carts

You can blame Prohibition (and early Hollywood glamour) for your current bar cart obsession.

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1920s Worst: Blingy Baroque

We assume that high-shine, high-drama pieces were going for “age of opulence.” But the result is more creepy grandma than lady of leisure.

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1930s Best: Black-and-White Tiling

High contrast, deco-inspired bathroom tiles are a timeless favorite.

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1930s Worst: Furniture Suites

May sofas, footstools, chairs, and lamps never all match one another again.

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1940s Best: Gingham

When it comes to textiles, this simple, cheerful 40s staple is just as charming today.

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1940s Worst: Linoleum

Thankfully, this trendy affront to perfectly good hardwood appears to be gone for good.

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1950s Best: Midcentury Modern

Retro done right. (Thank you, Charles and Ray Eames.)

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1950s Worst: Formica, Chrome, and Vinyl

Is there anything sadder than a 1950s dining set?

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1960s Best: Bold, Psychedelic Accents

The 60s brought punchy Warholian hues – like fuchsia and mango – to mainstream design (and they’re still groovy today, baby).

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1960s Worst: “Wood” Paneling

Claustrophobia-inducing wood paneling was bad. Fake wood paneling was even worse.

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1970s Best: Wicker Furniture

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: Breezy wovens are the best. (The 70s also weren’t short on fabulous oversized plants.)

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1970s Worst: Avocado Décor

Great on toast, disgusting on carpets and appliances.

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1980s Best: Floral Wallpaper

While modern options mark a departure from Laura Ashley, “nouveau chintz” papers are totally delightful.

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1980s Worst: Dark, Glossy Wood

See you never, polished cherry Chippendale everything.


1990s Best: Minimalism

Zen-like, hyper-edited spaces hit their stride in the 90s and haven’t slowed down since.


1990s Worst: Beige Palettes

This dominant 90s hue (a retaliation against the Day-Glo tones of the 80s) was as painfully drab as all the pesto we were eating.

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2000s Best: Stainless Steel

High-end appliances went mainstream in the 2000s… and our kitchens ain’t never goin’ back.

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2000s Worst: Edison Bulbs

Not only were these hipster-happy fixtures played to death, they were also a crappy light source.

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2010s Best: Open Shelving

Light and airy kitchens, may you never leave us.

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2010s Worst: Chevron

RIP, ubiquitous zigzags. (You were fun while you lasted.)

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