Remember when tile countertops and pastel cabinets were all the rage in kitchen design? How about the days of wood panelling and shag carpet (yes, even in the bathroom)? Fortunately, those particular trends have come and gone, but there is still design inspiration we can glean from years past. Take a look through the decades to see how décor styles have evolved into the modern kitchen and bathrooms of today.
America was entering the Great Depression, and while the country’s economy was sinking, Art Deco design was giving homemakers hope by becoming more accessible to the middle class. This décor style featured polished lines, geometric patterns, metallic tones… and let mom know it was okay to have some fun with colour – even in the bathroom.
If the style modern movement speaks to you, incorporate bold designs, vibrant colours and organic forms. A perfect fit is the Doux bathroom suite. Available in a variety of finishes, this collection is the ideal addition to any bath interior, as it redefines modern in the language of great design, plus features perfectly matching accessories for a cohesive look throughout the space.
As the popularity of television sets increased, Hollywood glamour became a big style inspiration. In the late 1940s, décor went from down-to-earth to over-the-top lavish, like the sets of movies featuring starlets Rita Hayworth and Ingrid Bergman, and homes began incorporating more lush furniture and bold colours with shiny silver, gold and copper accents.
To bring Hollywood Regency to your space, incorporate a dramatic colour palette of black and white with luxe metallic touches and elegant finishes. This glamorous style focuses on making the home a showpiece for guests, so think Louis IV chairs and velvet drapes in the living room, and lacquered credenzas and tufted headboards in the bedroom. Create a focal point in the bath with a free-standing soaker tub and a tub filler that screams extravagance, like those in the Voss collection.
The 1950s marked an era that embraced the charm and fulfillment of the American Dream – think ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘I Love Lucy.’ According to Houzz, the hues of the 1950s epitomized the optimism of the decade and included mint green, turquoise, pale pink and creamy yellow – in both the home and the car.
To replicate this retro vibe in your own kitchen, ditch the traditional backsplash for colourful wall tiles in tones like dusty rose or baby blue. For a contemporary take on a vintage style, add fixtures with clean lines and a modern feel like the Method kitchen faucet, linoleum-like cabinetry and colour-contrasting appliances.
1960s & 1970s
Common elements of the "Mad Men" era included bold geometric patterns, in both upholstery and wall coverings, along with cut-velvet fabrics and modular furniture. Animal prints were often paired with rich, deep, psychedelic colours from this decade like acid orange, olive green, and neon pink.
In addition to the modernist and abstract style that began to take shape during this decade, there also was a preppy side to the 1980s. Laura Ashley popularized floral motifs, and the world saw a turn towards pastels, chintz and cottage-inspired décor.
Recreate this English-country aesthetic by incorporating soft hues, like greys and pale blues or pinks, open shelving and charming antiques. Slipcovered furniture, printed rugs, and a modern farmhouse faucet, like the Weymouth pulldown kitchen faucet, will complete the look.
Fast forward to today, where decade-old design elements and materials that were once the height of fashion have reemerged in new and innovative ways. When it comes to decorating, wallpaper and geometric shapes are coming back to make a statement, while mixing metals also is growing in popularity.
For those ready to ditch matchy-matchy fixtures and appliances, look no further than the Nio pulldown kitchen faucet that will help you easily embrace the mixed metals trend. Each faucet comes assembled with a handle in its respective finish, and also includes an alternate handle in a secondary finish option so you can simply replace and enjoy an elevated design.
When taking a look back at décor trends and innovations from the past, it’s interesting to see how they have shaped our current style, even in subtle ways. Who knows, maybe our idea of contemporary today, will be a future generation’s idea of traditional.