Home Design Through the Ages: 2000s and 2010s


Few things change as frequently as the weather, but home design is giving rain, snow and sunshine a run for their money.

It doesn’t take a lot of time for a popular trend to fade into oblivion – or worse, become incredibly dated (wood paneling, anyone?). However, it is always fun to look back just a few years to remember those once-favorite design trends. In fact, it may not be much longer before some of those ideas make a triumphant return.

Here are a few home design elements that were popular in the 2000s and the 2010s:

Design from 2000 to 2009
In the 1990s, home design was mostly about minimalism. Once the year 2000 hit, though, that changed to include more vibrant colors and interesting patterns.

According to the Guardian, one big home design trend in the 2000s was comfort. People wanted color and wallpaper, floral patterns and fancy prints. “Feature walls” were also a favorite, with homeowners choosing only one wall to accent with a can of paint or a unique wallpaper pattern. Another big trend was nostalgia, with many people choosing to incorporate small pieces once found in homes from 1950s and 1960s, like a chair or table. Don’t forget that the 2000s were a big time for Ikea as well.

Design from 2010 to today
Style certainly shifted between 2009 and today. The small sampling of midcentury modern design that was teased in the early years of the decade had a resurgence after 2010, with many homeowners choosing interior design that felt a lot like it was straight out of the 1950s and 1960s.

According to CBS MoneyWatch, another new trend has taken hold in the bathroom. Once, homeowners wanted big whirlpool bathtubs. Today, many homeowners are opting for large showers and his-and-her vanities. Rainwater shower heads are also incredibly popular, as are clean lines and large, open floor plans.

Which home design trends do you think will be popular over the next five years?

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