April 20, 2023 3 min read
This year, don't be surprised if you see the most stylish homes suddenly (re-)using chintz and glass blocks, which we all thought we've left behind in our childhood. Love it or hate it, a designer survey has made it official: 1980s decor is back in 2023!
Here are the top '80s interior trends that are seeing a revival this year, and how you can use them in your home with a modern take. Our first advice? Apply moderately!
Chunky curvy couches, rounded waterfall tables, and arched doorways are noticeably favored by designers in 2023. Take note also of the groovy, blob-shaped ceramics, candles, and tchotchkes that have dominated tablescapes in recent seasons.
Modern '80s decor tip: If you love wavy decor but don't want to overload on the '80s aesthetic, pick neutral-colored pieces to incorporate seamlessly into your modern home.
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Remember those heavy Laura Ashley drapes and dainty floral upholstery that used to wrap everything in mom's house? These chintz and chintz-inspired fabrics have been having a resurgence in the past few years. With Gen Z's love for "grandma-core" style, you'll notice more and more skirted sofas and delicately patterned beds this season.
Modern '80s decor tip: Instead of overwhelming your home with floral fabrics all over, pick just one big focal point to showcase your dainty pattern, then keep all else simple. How about a set of flowery curtains or some chintzy pillows on your bed?
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If there's one word to describe the 1980s aesthetic, it must be "colorful." Alongside neon brights, contrasting pastel colors were huge in that decade, and they're growing popular again today. Think baby-pink walls with purple couches, candy-colored tile in bathrooms and kitchens, and rugs with green and purple patterns.
Modern '80s decor tip: When in doubt, rely on colorful accessories against a clean, neutral dominant color. For example, accessorize a plain gray sofa with lots of throw pillows or blankets, or jazz up a beige wall with a colorful art piece.
Perhaps the most recognizable visual style of the 1980s, Memphis style is characterized by eclectic patterns of brightly colored geometric shapes, thick black outlines, and squiggly lines. Think back to those retro windbreakers with purple and teal triangle designs, and you've got the idea. Here's an example:
In interior design, Memphis style translates to bold, color-blocked sofas, geometric tables, and colorful, architectural lamps that almost look like they belong in a fun playground.
Modern '80s decor tip: Memphis style is bold, bright, and cheery, but if you want a tame, more polished version, situate your colorful elements in a room with a muted wall color. Try a pale pastel, a deep dark shade, or an unobtrusive neutral for your dominant wall paint.
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It seems that after the funky decade that was the '80s, we all sobered up and realized glass bricks are weird as a home feature. But surprise, surprise, these transparent blocks are now back with a vengeance. Designers now use them as room dividers, faux windows, backsplashes, and full walls.
Modern '80s decor tip: Love glass blocks but don't want your room to look old and dated? Steer clear of other '80s materials such as wood paneling, granite countertops, and honey onyx stone. Instead, surround your transparent bricks with a light and fresh color palette. We love this sage green-and-white kitchen found on Trib Live:
What do you think of these revived '80s decor trends? Which ones would you use in your own home? Tell us in a comment!
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