Home design trends come and go. And then sometimes they come back again. However, the ’90s were a lot of things but an era for amazing home decor was not exactly one of them. In fact, ’90s decor was pretty frightful in many cases and there are some trends that we are very happy to have seen the back of (we hope) How many of these less than stellar home decor tweaks do you remember?
Orange Pine Kitchens
Pine is a lovely material for kitchen cupboards. Relatively inexpensive compared to other options, very versatile and fairly durable. It also tends to blend in well with other decor elements and can be as at home in a stripped back contemporary kitchen as it is in a country style affair.
Except something went terribly wrong in the 1990s because most of the kitchen pine turned orange. Why? That has never been adequately explained by anyone. But all too often the new kitchens of the 90s looked a lot like the minor monstrosity above.
Carpet in the Bathroom
Carpet is a great flooring choice in many areas of the home. It makes living rooms extra cosy and can help give bedrooms a comfier air. But carpets and bathrooms are, in all honesty, two things that should never be mixed. Bathrooms are, by their very nature, damp places, even if you have a great extractor fan system. And a carpet that remains constantly damp, even just a little damp, quickly becomes a carpet that is infested with mould and mildew. But it’s usually underneath where it lies unnoticed for months, maybe even years,
However, in the 90s, apparently many interior designers forgot all about these very basic facts and began suggesting that people carpet their bathrooms, usually for ‘warmth and luxury’. Carpeting the side of the bath tub, as in the picture above, was also very popular. Why? We can’t remember. But we do know lots about the horrors that people who have removed that 90s bathroom carpet have experienced when they did.
Corner baths were THE bathroom must have in 1990s and many a homeowner ripped out their perfectly serviceable existing bath tub and installed one of these oddly angled things instead which, if you were over about 5’5″ tall were horribly uncomfortable and certainly not conducive to a nice soak. They did usually have the ‘nifty’ water jet function that turned them into a sort of low budget Jacuzzi but even that wasn’t really much of a selling point.
Florals, Florals Everywhere
In the latter part of the decade people went floral crazy. None of the patterns matched and the floral sofas and chairs, wallpaper and carpet were usually accented with silk flowers which did little more than gather dust and fooled absolutely no one. And yet so many living rooms in the 90s looked a lot like this:
Who ever thought that inflatable furniture for adults was a good idea? Well, 90s people actually. It was ‘cool and hip and trendy’ and things like the prime example pictured not only existed but people bought it and thought it actually looked good in their home.
So there you have it, the decor trends we hated most from the ’90s. What other horrors do you remember?