July 28, 2014
4 Throwback Trends We Still Secretly Love
It would be a mistake to think the below design styles are dated or passé. Instead, reinterpret their tried-and-true aesthetics by balancing their iconic elements with streamlined classic pieces.
Fiestaware, anyone? Like the iconic dishware in this at-one-time-hip design style, the dusty colors and aztec prints that permeated '90s home décor still look fresh -- in small, restrained doses. We're digging the cultural influence of Native American-style patterns and colors, particularly when balanced with modern furniture lines and current, industrial elements. For more on our love of this style, check out This is Happening: The New Southwest.
Picturing a country kitchen might call to mind washed wood finishes and rooster motifs, and while too many signature "country" elements can look too theme-y, we'll never tire of a balanced rustic look. Patinated finishes, worn wood floors, and painted cabinetry are all still chic -- just try to keep the farm animal accents to a minimum.
Remember when limiting your room's color palette to two shades was the key to scoring a pulled together, cohesive look? While we're over the practice of precisely matching your pillow trim to the color of your drapes, there is something to be said about a restrained color story. Limiting your palette to two or three shades can unite items of drastically different styles and looks. Just try to move away from dated color combos like baby blue and chocolate or pink and kelly green.
Peeling paint, faint florals, and a whole lot of white characterized the look made popular by Rachel Ashwell that became the signature style of girlie girls everywhere. While there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, we still love the laid back comfort that this style represents. When restrained and balanced with midcentury modern and contemporary furniture, these key elements are still as chic as ever.
Photographs: 1. Studio MRS (designer and source) 2. Photographed by Laure Joliet for Design Sponge 3. Photographed by Emma Reddington 4. via HGTV 5. Young Huh photographed by John M Hall for House Beautiful 6. Photographed by Andrew Arthur for Domaine 7. Photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest 8. Miles Redd photographed by Björn Wallander for Architectural Digest 9. Katie Ridder 10. Ashley Whittaker (designer and source) 11. Marla Carr 12. Slettvoll