The evolution of interior décor throughout the decade: a lookbook

Home decor keeps on evolving throughout the decades. It is refreshing to see new things come up every year or every season in our interiors and freshen up our lives at home. Of course, the changes need a more sustainable pattern of growth as the interior and architecture industry is one of the key core industries to look up to for this change. 

Interior trends have switched from essentially fashionable, one-time throw, flashy and maximalist to a rendition of vintage and past forgotten eras. It has changed its strode from minimalism to contemporary and Scandinavian to Latin American accents. 

The truth of these trends is that they are just reformulated in a different way from the past designs so we have tried to attempt to give you a glimpse of the past evolution of interior decor throughout these wonderful decades.



THE 1920S: THE ERA OF ART DECO


the art deco style of interior design came into being in the 20s. It begins simply from the Deco movement of design which took over the world around the 1920s and continued to prevail over the next two decades.


The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes or The International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and industrial arts which was held in Paris in 1925 is known to be a landmark event for announcing the deco movement to the world. 

The deco movement specifically had a lot of influence on the field of interior design giving rise to the art deco style of interior design. Opulent, vibrant and absolutely mesmerizing, art deco themed interiors are a great way to elevate the design of any space with ease.



The 1930s: THE COMING OF MODERNISM


In this era, there was an economic depression in the world that gave rise to simpler and minimalistic interiors and living. People switched their rooms from being hoarded by motifs and expensive upholstery to less expensive items that were functional and efficient.

This also gave rise to the modular interior decor in homes. 

Modernism as an era had a minimalist interior vibe and let in the room for movement and multifunctional furniture like travel lamps, flooding couches and the like. 

Functionality in design was incorporated through open floor plans, natural material, ribbon cut windows and steel frames. 


The 1940s: THE WELCOMING OF TRADITIONALISM


These times were heavy on people as the world faced another crisis and therefore limited the growth of the interior and fashion industries to a bit. It was more about reformulating and reusing the already available items in home-like vintage furniture pairing with limited colours that we the same for the walls and floors, along with ruffled upholstery. 


Revising the vintage and transitional American set-up in homes and allowing for reclaiming wood and materials left around the house was representative of the sweet innocence of the period and welcoming interiors that didnt shout flashy and flimsy designs either. 



The 1960s: PSYCHEDELICS AND MODERN CENTURIAN


This decade stood the complete opposite of the past and similar decor trends that were running all throughout the house. There was the use of deep reds and yellows. There were remnants of the open floor plans along with simple yet angular furniture. The interiors were not as much changed as the colours that were used to compensate for the lack of design in the interiors. 


Kitchen floor plans of chequered designs went viral, and the use of polypropylene to make furniture was steadily growing as an alternative to the traditional and expensive natural wood and building materials. Soon floors and kitchens and tables made from this resin content were spread all throughout Europe and America. 


The 1990s: SIMPLE MINIMALISTIC DECOR


Although the roaring 80s had a few splashes of pastel in the interior decor, however, the end of the 20th century remained on the lines of modern minimalism in interior decor. 

Toned down interiors that were natural and simple paired along with neutral yellows and beige shades. 

Natural elements like wood, cane and weave in patterns of material made the homes more earthy and the use of natural materials that can be found locally to give depth and textures in the interiors were the main highlights. Keeping the neutral tomes of walls makes the room look bigger and brighter. The easy and effortless white walls make the room a canvas that makes the room look artsy with minimal effort and look.


The 2000s: SHABBY CHIC AND GLAMOROUS


Modern yet elegant interior design was the key to amping up the luxe factor in a space, making it look great while creating an ambience of comfort. It is characterized by subtle and aesthetically pleasing interior design which has a classy and chic quality. This kind of ambience is developed through a lot of different things put together. From flooring to decor pieces, each element plays a role in creating harmony in the space, making it look and feel great.


Shabby chic interiors were the highlight of the millennium era that used the old or vintage with the new. An intermix of vintage with the modern set-up was the definition. The interiors used to be modern but there were low rise chandeliers from the ceilings that made it glamorous and decked up. 


The 2010s: MILLENNIAL COLOUR PALLETES


The utilisation of a softer colour palette with the natural base of interiors was what the millennial interior decor pertained to. Softer hues of browns and pinks in the flooring and sifter coverings all around the house and letting the natural lighting do all the work were the main highlights. The furniture remained functional and multitasked for the changing lifestyles of the people, while interiors got sophisticated and minimal. 


The most viral interior trends were the use of neutral wall colour in whites, pinks and greys, Scandinavian minimalism, and farmhouse and cottage core aesthetics with rustic settings of exposed brick walls, chimneys and television stands as the focal points in the rooms, A truly modern setting began to come up during this time from where, still, most of our interiors get inspired. 



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