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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Do Not Turn Off Home Buyers with these Home Design Trends

Your home should reflect who you are and your personality. But, if you are planning on selling your house, your home decor also needs to appeal to the masses. Here are some popular home trends that should be avoided:

Bold Paint
If your favorite color is purple or another bold color, that is great. Use this color in easy-to-remove accent pillows or accessories. Do not use such bold colors on your walls. Buyers prefer neutral walls and may not want to bother repainting them.

Wallpaper with graphic patterns is to personal taste. What you may like may not appeal to others. Instead of using wallpaper, consider painting that accent wall in a neutral color.

Unique Lighting
Sometimes light fixtures can resemble works of art and are selected based upon personal taste. Lighting that is more demure and provides great light is a safer choice.

Gold fixtures look outdated. If your home has a lot of gold, consider changing to brushed nickel – which looks more in style to current tastes.

A garage is for parking cars. If you use your garage for other purposes, change it back.

A bedroom that cannot be easily converted back into a bedroom should be converted back when you are selling your home.

English Garden
If your landscaping resembles a large, lush English garden, potential buyers may not want to maintain such an overly landscaped property.

Pool and Hot Tubs
Some people will view a pool or hot tub as a benefit and others will look at them as headaches.

Need help with making home decor decisions that will be buyer friendly? Contact your real estate agent for an opinion. That person looks at homes every day and will have a good feel for buyers’ likes and dislikes.

How To Make Small Rooms Look Larger

living room
When buyers are looking at rooms in homes, they are thinking about where their furnishings and belongings will go. Here are 10 tips on how to make the rooms in your home look larger:

1. Multifunction
When purchasing furniture think multifunction. Use an ottoman that offers storage space and can serve as a coffee table. Another idea is to use a console table that stores items on top, inside drawers and below.

2. Mirrors
An oversized mirror is a great way to make a room look larger. A mirror that reflects an entryway brings in natural light. Mirrored furniture also look nice.

3. Folding Furniture
Look for furniture pieces, such as dining room tables, that can fold down and save space.

4. Monochromatic Tones
Painting walls, trim and other detailing shades of one color can help to make a room appear to be larger.

5. Let the Light In
Leave windows bare with no drapes. By letting the outside in, the eye is tricked into thinking the room is larger. (If you require drapes, use sheer white ones.)

6. Furniture Selection
Use just a few large-scaled pieces of furniture instead of lots of smaller pieces. Also, furniture with raised legs make a room look more airy.

7. Ceilings
Dark ceilings create depth, pull the eye up and create an illusion of height!

8. Arrangement of Your Things
Group items by color and height. This streamlines clutter.

9. Decorative Storage Boxes
Storage boxes streamline clutter.

10. Custom-Cut Rugs
If you have area rugs, consider having them custom cut to fit around odd spaces (such as fireplaces.) This will make the room look more cohesive.

Tangerine Tango is the 2012 Color of the Year

Tangerine Tango from Pantone.comPantone 17-1463 — Tangerine Tango — is officially the 2012 Color of the Year. This reddish orange hue is an energy booster color.

Orange you glad?! Tangerine Tango is the color for 2012! It’s a vibrant, warm, uplifting and energetic reddish-orange hue.

Says Pantone.com, this color is, “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive…” It is “…reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset…”

Where are you going to see this color du jour? Everywhere! Fashion 2012 definitely includes this color in spring and summer fashions from dresses to shoes and handbags. You will also see this great color in the cosmetics department for lips and cheeks.

For the home, you will see this Tangerine Tango in accessories such as pillows and comforters as well as small appliances and personal electronics. Tangerine Tango is a perfect color to use as an accent for an entryway or hall.

For those who work in the art world, Tangerine Tango is:

  • RGB:   226, 73, 47
  • CMYK:   0, 82, 80, 0

See a vibrant Pinterest board all about Tangerine Tango.