People Are Afraid this Nostalgic 90s Home Decor Is Making a Comeback

Trista - September 23, 2022
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Floral Patterned Wall Borders

Wall borders were also very popular in the 90s. Think of wallpaper, but only on the top or bottom borders. You didn’t need to have wallpaper to have a “fence” around your walls, but some people even did that, so their entire walls were distracting. Not only were their borders, but the borders usually had a pattern to them. The most popular being floral patterned wall borders. They could be applied by either adhesive, just like any old wallpaper, but stenciling the frames on the wall yourself was also a big home decor hit. Thankfully, this look has died down in popularity over the years. 

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Floral Upholstery On White Wicker Furniture

Popular through both the 70s and 80s, white wicker furniture continued to be in everyone’s homes during the 90s, as well. To step up the game even more with this look, it was accompanied by floral upholstery. It wasn’t uncommon to walk into someone’s living room or den and find all the white wicker furniture, including the table, covered with cushions and pillows that all had floral patterns on them. We’re not bummed out that this look didn’t follow us into the 2000s, kids today are not missing out, and we don’t miss this look, either. 

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Patterns On Patterns

For some odd reason, everyone in the 90s had a thing for patterns. And we mean that seriously. They put patterns on top of patterns. Take this photo, for example. The comforter has a design while lying on top of a bed skirt with another print. The pillows, bedside table, and even the curtains have patterns on them. Not only do they have different designs that almost seem to clash with each other, but they are also all sorts of different colors as well that you might not have ever thought about going together. 

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Entertainment Centers With Open Shelving

If you grew up in the 80s, you must remember walking into the living room, and the entertainment center was the first thing you’d notice. It probably had most, if not all, open shelves stacked with tapes, DVDs, CDs, a TV, and maybe even a stereo. We think the reason for this was probably because the adults all wanted their friends and family to see their collection of technology and entertainment when they visited. If there wasn’t space to put in a new speaker, a shelf might even be taken out to make more room for other things. 

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Plastic Potted Plants that Do Nothing But Gather Dust

House plants always seem to brighten up a home, whether they are flowers or plants with giant leaves. Keeping plants alive can be a struggle for some, especially if they are kept indoors. Sometimes they don’t get enough sunlight, and sometimes they get overwatered. That’s where faux potted plants come in. The trend of artificial indoor gardening began in the 90s. Not only do you not have to worry about watering them, or worrying about your cat knocking them out of the pot. They can also be easily dusted. They help bring nature’s beauty inside, without all the work of a natural plant. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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