Every generation tends to consider itself the master of trends that they think are new and novel, but, in reality, are actually reinventions of something their parents embraced when they were young adults. It happens in fashion design all the time—and since we typically shop for and buy new clothes fairly regularly, we all have a pretty good idea when a trend has made a comeback (hello, bell-bottom jeans).

Turns out, this cycling of trends happens in the world of home decor and interior design as well, but it can be a little less obvious and the trends tend to stick around longer than they do in the fashion world. Case in point: Mid-century modern design. It’s been growing in popularity for the past 10 years (at least) and has essentially turned into the baseline for contemporary design. While elements of mid-century design may be nowhere near their expiration date for everyday folks, the design world is ready to move on—to another bygone era. For the following 5 trends, it’s their (second or third) time to shine because they are poised to make a comeback. Here’s how you can incorporate each into your home.

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Art Deco Furniture

Originally, mid-century modern’s clean lines and minimalist approach to furniture design and decor were a direct response to the art deco movement that preceded it, so even though the order has swapped, it makes sense that the revivals of these two styles would follow one another. Art deco emphasizes ornamentation in the form of geometric patterns, symmetry, and old-school glamour. We’re seeing the return of this Gatsby-era design in shell-shaped velvet accent chairs and chaises, as well as wood pieces adorned with Greek key, triangle, or zig-zag patterns.

Rattan, Wicker, and Bamboo

If you ask any porch-bearing Southerner, wicker and rattan have never been out, but they are making even more of a mainstream appearance in their natural wood color, along with bamboo, harkening back to the days of the ’60s and ’70s. The casual materials have certainly seen a resurgence thanks to the overall boho aesthetic that’s popular these days, but in more traditional spaces, rattan, wicker, and bamboo are weaving their way into bar stools, headboards, and storage pieces like chests or side tables, all of which add a little coastal-casual charm.

Retro Appliances

For the past several years, stainless steel appliances have been the marker of a high-end, updated kitchen—the more sleek and modern, the better. Now, we’re seeing retro appliance designs come back to the showroom floor, whether it’s a colorful ’50s-era fridge or a replica of an antique wood-burning stove. With the added benefit of modern technology, these retro appliances can be a fun, kitschy addition to your kitchen, or a beautiful element that adds elegance and historic value to your home like any heirloom piece would.

’70s Hues

After years of white and neutral spaces dominating Pinterest and home design magazines alike, it seems we’re all ready for a little color. Some of the shades that are dominating the 2019 landscape are straight out of your 1970s-era living room. Avocado green, orange, tans, and browns, and the most popular of all: mustard yellow. Hindsight means we know better than to go all-in with the whole ’70s palette, but the earthy tones are wonderful complements to neutrals or even pastels.

Alison Gootee; Styling: Jenny O’Connor

Vintage Furniture

Most Southerners would say family heirlooms and antiques, never went out of style, but these treasures are getting their full due these days. While you might not find a room full of mahogany wood furniture, the new rule of thumb is having a piece of “brown furniture” in every room adds character. There are many ways to repurpose old pieces for new purposes than what they were originally crafted for—use dressers as entryway tables or dining room sideboards, step stools as side tables, or turn a hutch into a bar. And while some might say it’s a sin to paint an antique wood furniture piece, sometimes a fresh coat and new hardware can be the right move to give an outdated piece new life in the right space.

Chrome Accents

If you haven’t sensed a theme, many of these rising home decor trends are a response to an overload of another trend that’s popular right now. This next one is a perfect example: Brass has been the metal of choice for the past several years, seen on everything from light fixtures to cabinet hardware to chair legs. Too much of a good thing can wear people out, though, and now instead of shiny gold, we’re going to be seeing shiny silver, a.k.a. chrome. Chrome furniture and decor can have a ’50s vibe (picture the diners and car radios) or lend themselves to the art deco trend, where chrome and steel were the dominating metals used in furniture production.

Designer: Charlotte Lucas; Photographer: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Kendra Surface

Matching Fabrics and Wall Coverings

Use a single pattern in multiple rooms or go big and layer multiple accents with the same fabric in one space. Whether you’re using textiles with subtle with ticking stripes, wild florals, or calming patterns there are many approaches to matching these two elements. Really make a splash by coordinating the wallpaper with upholstered furniture or achieve the look with a more subtle approach like throw pillows or a bedskirt. The options are endless: drapery, bedding, headboards, lampshades, and more.

Wood Paneling 

No, we’re not talking about cozy, wall-to-wall wooden cabins or homes that haven’t been touched since the 1960s, but rather thoughtfully used natural and exposed wood paneling. So before you start ripping out what you think is dated, consider other ways to update the room and let the wood paneling stay and shine. Instead of covering a whole room in the dark paneling, think about using it as an accent to make a statement—a single wall, bookcase, or built-in bar.

Bold Wallpaper

In recent years, the trend has been towards minimalism, but we can confidently say the use of color and pattern in design is back on the rise and there’s no better way than using bold wallpaper to bring personality and unique character to a room. From whimsical botanicals and geometric patterns to stripes and textured solids, there’s plenty of room for creativity—even when with peel and stick wallpaper. And when it comes to making a statement with wallpaper, bolder is better.


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