Hideous 90s Home Trends that Bring Back Nostalgia in All the Wrong Ways

Trista - September 23, 2022

A Country Kitchen Feel that Feels… Inauthentic

The look and feel of a ‘country kitchen’ was all the rage during the 90s. However, these kitchens may have looked a little different than the charmingly modern farmhouse kitchens we see today. To say the least, kitchens in the 90s tended to feature decor you wouldn’t catch anyone putting on a display today. Kitchens had a mixture of oak cabinets, animal statuettes or artwork, walls covered with decorative dishes, and counters or shelves with real or artificial fruit and floral arrangements. If our kitchens looked like how they used to when we were growing up, we would call that tacky. Keep reading for more awesome home trends from the 90s.


Thrift Store Gems On Display

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying things from the thrift store, sometimes you just have to stop and think about if you should really purchase what you have in your hand and think about where you’re going to put it when you bring it home. In the 90s, no one felt like that, and they seemed to like putting everything they bought from the thrift store on display throughout their homes. It’s not bad to do so, but if none of it matches, is in rough shape, or is just outright weird looking, then maybe it shouldn’t be put out for all the world to see. It makes the room look tacky, and just thrown together.


Faux Painting Techniques

A 90s decor trend that you may or may not remember would be the decorative ‘faux’ painting. Different styles that were ‘faux’ appeared in kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and even bathrooms all over when it became a trend. The photo displayed here is known as suede faux painting, which creates a paint finish perfect for helping hide any imperfections in the wall. A popular paint combo that went well with this look was russet-tinged orange and yellow, and these paints were a color wash favorite in the 90s. While this look may not be so popular these days, it’s still a style with which some of us can still vibe.


From The 80s To The 90s

For some reason, we will never come to understand that during the 80s, it seemed to be that the ‘resort decor’ look was a popular trend in homes. Sporting an ultra-light scheme of the color of pastel pinks and barely-there peaches. When the 90s rolled around, that trend was carried over and was given a spin. This look was made to create a tropical feel, with deep yet vibrant magenta and turquoise color pairing. We don’t really miss this trend, and we don’t think many other people are too bummed to leave this look in the past.


Splashes Of Paint On Canvases

Ah, the good ole Jackson Pollock affect. Some may remember the bright neon hues the 80s had to offer. Well, 90s kids may remember that playful and graphic pops of super saturated primary colors were a staple in the early 90s. Although it may have been the 80s and 90s look, you can still find this trend in some people’s homes. Today, these pieces are of bold pigmented shades and can be found in eclectic accent pieces, trendy, color-blocked rooms, and more. This type of artwork fits perfectly in any room that needs a pop of color added to it, like in this photo above that shows a white kitchen with a very colorful and graffiti-inspired backsplash.