Trends may come and go but good style never goes out of fashion. Concepts of energy-saving eco-homes became a reality with many architects and interior designers putting their environmental knowledge into practice over time.
The 1950s – 1960s
The 1950s were right in the middle when TVs were just becoming popular and new electrical powered kitchen devices were taking over. This seems normal now but back then this completely changed the way we used our homes and socialized as families.
The 1970s – 1980s
In the 1970s we saw some of the first contemporary styles becoming popular with the introduction of clean smooth surfaces, acrylic materials, and brighter colors. Contemporary interior design is classic yet thoroughly of the moment and timeless thanks to a light-handed, spare take on decorating to ensure it will never feel dated. Simplicity, clean lines, plays on texture, and quiet drama is fundamental in achieving a perfectly balanced contemporary style home during the period.
The 1990s had a huge focus on sleek designs with soft color palettes. It has become the mainstream at this time and you could consider this era the beginning of the modern digital age. Interiors reflected the new merging of technology into the living space. Living room furniture became larger since it was much more of a focal point than ever before.
The 2000s – Present
Since the beginning of the 2000s, we have witnessed technology take over more of our lives than ever before but the interesting thing is that classic furniture designs have made a huge comeback into the home.
Jump to the 2010s and bolder design decisions have meant greater risk-taking when it comes to interiors. From grey being the color of the decade and a revival in mid-century design to a much greater focus on sustainability, the 2010s have been a decade that has reinvented the old and created a space for daring design.
Technology has become an integral part of modern interior design and is here to stay; things like wireless charging nightstands are becoming the norm. Although the shift in recent years has been around tech-free spaces, allowing families to focus on spending quality time together or allowing individuals to escape the crazy, modern world we live in.
Sustainability is a trend that isn’t going anywhere. Advances in technology are making it easy for interior designers to incorporate innovative sustainable practices into their designs, whether it is environmental sources products or using recycled timbers, such as the sleeper feature wall below. Trends like off-grid and tiny homes are gaining momentum globally, shifting the design process towards an eco-friendly future.
Interior design trends are being steered by the bigger issues that humanity faces, including the environment, technology and how family time is perceived. All of these factors are having an effect and will continue to influence how interior designers interpret the functionality of living in a modern world.