January 17, 2020 by Meyer Real Estate

A lot can happen in a year . . . or 60!

Meyer Real Estate began selling homes with wood paneling and shag carpet in 1959 and have seen our fair share of interior design trends since then. So, as we closed the chapter on another decade of timeless classics and short-lived fads, we’re taking a look at the most memorable trends from the 1960s through the 2010s.

Fasten your seat belts. We’re headed to the Meyer Real Estate time machine!

Sixty Years of Home and Interior Design Trends

Inside a 1960s camper designed in trends from the decade.

The ’60s

Fans of the television show “Mad Men” know of the showy and extravagant style that dominated early 1960s America. But the promise of “The Great Society” quickly gave way to social activism and political unrest, resulting in a funky and radical counterculture that would continue its influence well into the next decade.

Take a peek inside American homes of the 1960s!


    • Bright and bold, including neon
    • Loud patterns: tie dye, paisley and florals
    • Black-and-white checkers
    • Hues of green, from avocado and pea green to drab


    • Colored appliances (think avocado green refrigerators!)
    • Lucite and colored plastic home accents
    • Pod shaped furniture
    • Popcorn ceilings
    • Shag rugs and carpeting
    • TV trays
    • Wood-paneled walls

Defining Influences:

    • TV-centric layouts, where new color TVs were typically the focal point of a room
    • Midcentury modern design

1970s retro TV against a striped blue wall.

The ’70s

Much of the socio-political turmoil of the 1960s continued into the ‘70s. Antiwar and social activists of the era, known as “Hippies,” adopted a signature style that can be observed in many interior trends of the 1970s. And of course, we’re in the golden age of one of America’s favorite families, “The Brady Bunch.”

Walk down memory lane to a truly groovy time in American history!


    • Earth tones
    • Avocado green
    • Orange


    • Crochet blankets
    • Floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces
    • Indoor plants with big fan leaves (particularly palm fronds)
    • Macramé wall décor
    • Rattan furniture
    • Textured wallpaper
    • Velvet upholstery
    • Wood grain panels, on everything from appliances to vehicles!

Defining Influences:

    • Hippie fashion, including a revival of arts and crafts
    • The Environmental Movement

Pink floral bedding and white bed.

The ’80s

“Hippies” gave way to “yuppies” in the 1980s, as the Baby Boomer generation became young working professionals. After the turmoil of the ‘60s and ‘70s, a new wave of conservatism took root – trading loud patterns and tie dye for soft pastels and ruffled florals. But despite all that, MTV’s debut in 1981 took music and superstar fashion to an entirely new level!

Do you remember any of these hallmarks of the 1980s?


    • Mauve and soft pastels
    • Multicolored floral patterns, especially Chintz
    • Preppy blue and white pairings


    • Carpet everywhere (even in the bathroom!)
    • Clear glass tables
    • CD racks
    • Extravagant window treatments
    • High-backed wooden chairs
    • Ruffled bedding and upholstery
    • Vinyl flooring
    • Wallpaper borders

Defining Influences:

    • “Shabby chic,” or eclectic mix-and-match antiqued furniture – which continues to be popular!
    • MTV, music videos and rock ‘n roll grunge

Blonde wood computer desk with wicker furniture

The ’90s

Many look back on the ‘90s with great nostalgia and fond memories. It was a relatively peaceful and prosperous time for Americans, who enjoyed new access to one of the most powerful tools in recent history: the internet! Technology’s influence can be seen in many design trends of the nostalgic ‘90s, when news and information began to travel faster than ever.

Let’s revisit some of our favorite trends pre-Y2K.


    • “Builder beige”
    • Blond pine and orange-y oak
    • Hunter green
    • Primary colors (red, yellow, blue)


    • Brass accents
    • Computer desks
    • Elaborate fake plants and silk flower arrangements
    • Inflatable furniture
    • Open shelving
    • Patterned upholstery and wallpaper
    • Sponge painting
    • Track lighting
    • TV media cabinets
    • Wicker furniture

Defining Influences:

    • Zen Minimalism
    • Urbanism

White open kitchen

The 2000s

The events of September 11, 2001, changed the course of history forever. Along with an unprecedented display of Patriotism, this era was greatly influenced by war and economic recession. But before the housing market crashed, builders churned out sprawling “McMansions” that represented a mix of architectural styles at the height of their popularity in the early 2000s.

Remember these trends from the turn of the century?


    • All white kitchens
    • Bold Damask prints
    • Chocolate brown
    • Feature wall(s)


    • Corner sofas
    • Faux finishes: brick, stucco, fireplaces and even windows
    • Home theaters
    • High contrast white cabinets with dark countertops
    • “McMansions,” or large mass-produced homes using a mix of architectural styles
    • Open floor plans
    • Sleigh beds
    • Stainless steel appliances

Defining Influences:

    • Craftsman flair
    • Tuscan countryside, typically with bronze finishes and brown tile

Modern rustic living room with wood floors, gray walls and open shelves.

The 2010s

With the rise of smart phone technology, more and more Americans were able to use social media as a means of personal expression in the 2010s. Among those notable influences are the likes of Chip and Joanna Gaines, who between 2013 and 2018 grew their HGTV show “Fixer Upper” from a television series to a multi-million-dollar lifestyle brand that put farmhouse chic on the market. Seriously.

We’re willing to bet you probably indulged in one or more of these style staples from the past decade.


    • Cool colors
    • Chevron
    • Gray everything


    • Barn doors
    • Edison bulbs
    • Functional storage
    • Indoor plants, particularly succulents
    • Metallics, such as copper
    • Midcentury modern furniture (a renaissance)
    • Ship lap
    • Subway tile
    • Wallpaper (another revival!)

Defining Influences:

    • Modern farmhouse aesthetic, achieved by a blending of rustic and industrial elements
    • Revivals of past trends

Meyer Real Estate in St. Charles: More Than Just a Trend

As you can see, home interior and design trends are temporary – but a great realtor never goes out of style. That’s why Meyer Real Estate has been serving the greater St. Charles area for more than 60 years. Whether you are looking to buy your modern dream home or sell and move on, our team of professionals have the local expertise you need to come out on top.

Is your home stuck in the wrong decade? Meyer Real Estate also offers a “Repair to Sell” program to help make the updates you need to sell your home for top dollar.

Contact Meyer Real Estate today so we can welcome you home!