10 Vintage Home Decorating Trends That Are Making a Comeback

10 Vintage Home Decorating Trends That Are Making a Comeback

Good décor is timeless. No matter how archaic a good style is, it will find its way back into fashion trends. If you admired past styles from old movies or photo albums, now’s your chance to incorporate them in your living space with vintage home decorating trends like these.

1. Wallpaper

Removable wallpaper has been in use for centuries. While the old designs had floral patterns to emulate the wall paintings and tapestries of the rich, modern ones come with a variety of options. You can find wallpapers with geometric patterns, botanicals, metallics, solid colors, and many more. If you pick bold print wallpapers, go for neutral furnishings to balance the look. The same goes for floral seats: Pair them with subtle pastel wallpaper to avoid a cluttered look.

2. Geometric Patterns

In ancient times, Greeks and Moroccans used bold geometric patterns in both their architecture and interior design. This style made its mark in the 19th and 20th centuries, with the patterns taking on different forms. Today's geometric wallpaper patterns have morphed to become shinier, bolder, and more curved. These patterns can beautifully embellish an accent wall and transform a rather dull room to look chicer and more refined. Geometric-patterned rugs are another way to add patterns to your living space.

3. Houseplants

Houseplants, especially ferns and spider plants, were very popular in the 1970s. Greeneries are a welcome addition to our homes. Not only do they improve the air quality, but they also give our spaces a natural touch. You can place houseplants on console tables, coffee tables, or side tables. Alternatively, you can create a living wall or hang your houseplants in macramé holders in a convenient corner in your home. You can play around with plant types to complement your theme. Palms exude a bold, tropical feel while cactuses complement boho décor.

4. Graphic Wall Art

Artistic wall painting was a thing back in the Middle Ages. While homeowners in the 1990s labored at length to sponge-paint their entire houses, modern technology can make it happen in no time and with little effort. If you can’t find a wallpaper or a wall mural of your desired design, a fresco is a great way to do it yourself. You can create exclusive designs on plaster, canvas, a non-woven base, or a rigid base.

5. Sunburst and Starburst Motifs

The sunburst motif has its origin in the halos that surround religious figures in medieval art. Starburst mirrors emerged in the 1950s and '60s. They featured circular mirrors surrounded with thin rays with gold finishing. Modern trends feature various finishes such as natural wood and silver. Both sunburst and starburst décor have extended to other décor pieces such as clocks. You can hang these pieces on accent walls in living rooms, bedrooms, or entryways.

6. Pastels

Pastels were a huge hit in the 1980s. Pastel walls, wallpaper, wall art, décor pieces, and throw pillows are now trending right, left, and center. Pastel hues have become a way to add sophistication to your space, especially when matched with accent colors. Blush pink, mint green, lavender, lilac, and baby blue are all colors that can give your interior design a fresh look.

7. Wicker Furniture

The first wicker furniture was a baby cradle in 1620. Wicker later became a popular furniture trend in the Victorian era and got a short-lived revival in the 1960s and '70s. Now, wicker furniture has made a comeback as a design statement. When paired with palms and woven rugs, this furniture gives your interior some seriously chic style.

8. Macramé

Macramé is a 1970s style using textiles tied by hand with no weaving or needles. Most of the previous designs have resurfaced in plant holders, wall hangings, and wall art. However, unlike the '70s pieces, the modern look features a minimalist style, which has more of a boho chic. Along with these wall hangings, you can go bigger with boho-style doorway curtains. Whether homemade or strung with beads, these dividers work well in homes with open floor plans.

9. Conversation Pits

Fashionable homes in the 1950s through '70s often featured conversation pits, recessed floor areas furnished with couches. These architectural features are still stylish and have made a comeback to our social spaces. Neutral couches accented with colorful pillows provide your sunken living room with the right amount of pop. You aren't limited to the traditional square and rectangular conversation pits—you can get circular or half-circle designs that are also attractive options.

10. Brutalist Design

This design came into existence after World War II when government housing and government buildings featured raw materials including concrete and steel. In the 1970s and '80s, brutalist design made its way into homes in the form of industrial-style furniture. In 2020, this design made the biggest comeback, featuring raw materials, geometric shapes, textured surfaces, and simple silhouettes that often mixed wood with metal. Brutalist design is a contrast to midcentury modern style, giving an undone appearance that marries well with luxurious furnishings.

Vintage Wallpaper and Framed Art

Vintage home decorating trends give your home a fresh and modern look with a hint of childhood nostalgia. With the right furnishings, this style can improve your overall interior design. While trends like conversation pits require structural modifications that call for serious budgeting, there are simpler trends that you can adopt more affordably. Interior design trends such as designer wall art, houseplants, wallpapers, and graphic wall art can fit in your budget comfortably.

For inspiration, browse our inventory of framed art and wallpapers, and reach out to us if you wish to learn more.