Keeping Up With Home Design Trends Since Y2K

Introduction

Just like fashion, home decor has always changed with the trends. One minute yellow walls are out, and the other minute it’s in again. But if you take a closer look at the bigger picture, you’ll notice that most decor trends are usually recycled. As the saying goes: what goes around, comes around. That is why we’re taking a deep dive into the home design trends of the past few decades and reminisce on our favorites.

If you’re also searching for some design inspiration to take home, keep on reading! We’ve compiled all of the interior design trends we love since the 2000s up until now for your perusal. Let’s get started.

Y2K

The first years of the 21st Century saw the rise of many pop icons in the music industry and our initial arrival into the electronic world. Ditching our walkmans for iPods, we also entered a new popular way to decorate our homes. As we began watching more celebs show off their homes, we started modeling our own the same way. For example, many designed their homes with unnecessary columns and had larger rooms to emulate wealth and status.

Starting with our living rooms — who could forget how it was prioritized as our main room for entertainment? Our music was great, albums sold like hotcakes, and we were constantly keeping up with our favorite reality TV shows. This meant having wide flat-screen television sets, sandwiched in between two equally large speakers for the at-home cinema feel.

Say what you want about the 2000s, but you have to admit it was a notoriously rebellious phase. Take a look at dining rooms back then — instead of coordinating sets, many opted for a mix ‘n’ match vibe. Proof that this happened is the fact that stores started selling chairs à la carte!

Another thing that can’t go unnoticed is the fact that many kids’ or babies’ rooms were bird-themed. Why this happened is still up for debate, but we’re sure pop culture and movies had something to do with it. It doesn’t have to necessarily be birds too, sometimes feathers were also used to incorporate this theme.

If you’re interested in the paint colors used back then, it was mostly a lot of neutrals and whites. Surprisingly, dark red was also a highly sought-after color too.

Available in four colors: Blue, Green, Pink and Gray, this wallpaper will brighten up any room in your house while giving you Y2K and Boho vibes. Plus, it is washable and can be easily removed with water.

$47.70

Nothing screams vintage more than an accent chair that will take you back in time. Not to mention that it is upholstered in velvet and has extra plush padding for added class.

$640.26

If you want to incorporate a touch of Y2K vibes without going overboard, check out this unique half round rug that will make any corner of your house stand out in elegance.

$147.00


The First Decade: 2010s

It may sound unbelievable, but the first iPhones were released in this decade! Progressing forward to a more internet-savvy era, it’s safe to say we got a little more serious with our lifestyles. We went from the fun and rebellious feel of the previous decade and hopped onto modern and simplistic designs for our homes. In these years, you can see we chose a more modern take on vintage aesthetics.

For example, this era ditched the elegant ottoman for a pouf instead. Not only does it work as a footrest, but it helps double as a side table and seating for when you have friends over. It was more simple and minimal compared to the intricacy of an ottoman’s design, which fits well in this decade.

You’ll also notice a lot of wood accents in the home, for that simple yet sophisticated vibe. Think of a farmhouse look, but with a modern and minimalist twist to it. This works well as a dining table and is definitely the statement piece of the household. Combined with graphic and geometric tiles, you’ll notice that the 2010s were big on the mixing and matching a lot of things.

Cabinets and cupboards were left behind too, and many chose an open-concept design with shelving instead. Minus the doors, the space looks more airy and spacious. Plus, this provides the opportunity to show off one’s dishes or book collection. For that eccentric modern vintage feel, many also opted for brass finishings or hardware in their home for that timeless look.

The paint trends in this era saw fewer neutrals and monochrome, and more subtle pinks and deep greens.

In a sleek glacier white color, this smart home device will complement any home design you have in mind while turning your home into a smart home with Alexa and songs from Spotify.

$99.99

This smart device works with the Google Nest router to expand Wi-fi coverage by up to 1,600 square feet. After all, what’s a smart home without Wi-fi coverage at every corner?

$149.00


Up to Speed: 2020

Now that we’re deep in the digital age, we see more rooms being set aside for entertainment areas like gaming spaces. We’re more environmentally conscious too! Say goodbye to the bulky stereo systems and DVD machines and greet smart gadget home integrations.

In terms of aesthetics, we notice that we’re not a generation that loves minimalism that much in our home designs. Unless you love the sheer neutral and ultra-minimal decor of the Kardashian-Wests’ home, 2020 is more of a maximalist decor type of year. Think bright colors, a mixture of textures, and the comeback of retro vintage.

Speaking of textures and loud colors, you can expect to see people investing in authentic Persian rugs to put up on their walls as art instead of floors. This creates a statement and mixes up the textures around the home, creating a cozy, bohemian feel. Additionally, rattan is also returning to the scene from the ‘70s, for added texture and warmth to the home’s aesthetic. Many are adding vintage color-coordinated colanders and cups to their kitchen islands too, for that pop of color.

Smart homes are also starting to seep into society. From automatic lights to catch-all dishes that charge your phones wirelessly, we’re starting to look like the Jetsons cartoon. You can now switch off devices through an app on your phone or simply command a voice-based AI assistant to do so. You could even schedule your smart coffee machines to automatically brew you a cuppa the moment you wake up in the morning.

Switching up to more industrial and natural elements in the home is very commonplace too, for that rugged-natural look. Whether it is switching up tiles for limestone in the bathroom walls or installing repurposed-piping for light fixtures, there are many ways to incorporate this edgy feel to your home in this era. Plus, with the green movement going strong, you’ll see a lot of unexpected items repurposed to become furniture.

Paint trends you’ll notice are beige and deeper shades re-emerging.

Conclusion

And there you have it, our compiled list of home decor trends since the 2000s. Have we evolved our tastes in designs much? Hopefully, we’ve helped out in inspiring your next home design project or at least entertained you with the funky choices we made in our homes this past couple of decades.

Recommended Products

No. ProductPriceBuy
1Seabrook Paradise Island Birds Daydream Gray and Ivory Wallpaper

Available in four colors: Blue, Green, Pink and Gray, this wallpaper will brighten up any room in your house while giving you Y2K vibes.
$47.70Shop
2Metal and Fabric Accent Chair with Channel Tufting

Nothing screams vintage more than an accent chair that will take you back in time. Not to mention that it is upholstered in velvet.
$640.26Shop
3Oriental Hearth Rug

If you want to incorporate a touch of Y2K vibes without going overboard, check out this unique half round rug for an elegant detail.
$147Shop
4Amazon Echo, 4th Generation

In a sleek glacier white color, this smart home device will complement any home design you have in mind while playing songs.
$99.99Shop
5Google Nest Wifi Point

This device works with the Google Nest router to expand Wi-fi coverage by up to 1,600 square feet so you can enjoy it at every corner.
$149Shop

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