100 Years of Decorating

From patterns to furnishings, see how home décor has evolved over the past 100 years.

100 Years of Decorating. 1920s. Draperies in a dainty pattern. floral wallpaper. drop-front secretary desk. dark, colonial-style furniture. 1930s. pastel walls. more modern, streamlined furniture. lighter paint colors. fireplace was center of family life. 1940s. dark upholstery. carpet. patriotic color palette. 1950s. postwar optimism=lots of color. furniture in geometric shapes. slim, sleek lines. housing boom. lightweight, durable, movable furniture. 1960s. colored carpeting. exotic accessories. high-contrast color scheme. bringing nature indoors. chunky furniture. handmade accessories. shag rug. chrome. funky artwork. 1980s. pastel pink walls. dusty pastel upholstery. black and white modern accents. abstract wall art. overstuffed couch. black and white with primary colors or neon. 1990s. mixed patterns: plaid, floral, stripes. silk flowers. pine furniture. 90s minimalist. high ceilings. light, neutral color palette. blonde wood. 2000s. color + comfort. hardwood floors. whitewashed brick. cottage chic. 2010s white with pops of color. gray tones. metallic accents. white and brass. coffee table books. vintage style in modern colors. Better Homes and Gardens.

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