The 6 Most Popular Design Trends of the Past Decade

living room

Katie Hodges Design

While we can’t wait to see what the next decade will continue to bring to our homes, we can’t help but get a little nostalgic about the 2010s. Simply put, the past decade was a game-changer for interior design. Not only did the 2010s birth a number of now-infamous trends, but they also changed the way we actually buy our home décor. 

Ready to go on a walk down memory lane? We’re sharing the trends from the 2010s that will go down in interior design history. 

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Millennial Pink

living room

Simply Grove

It was the color that rocked a generation—or, well, at least a decade. The perfect shade of salmon with the subtlest hints of bubblegum pink, this was the one “it” shade that you couldn't escape. Whether you filled your medicine cabinet with peachy keen products, experimented with an accent wall, or simply added some blush-tinged rooms to your mood board, there’s a good chance Millennial pink popped up in your interior design game. 

While the jury’s out on whether or not Millennial pink will continue to be all the rage in the 2020s, one thing’s for sure: The 2010s put the shade on the map.

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Midcentury Rivival

office

Liljencrantz Design

You don’t have to be an interior design expert to know the 2010s were all about midcentury modernism. Most people associate the trend with the 40s, 50s, and 60s; however, there was a huge resurgence during the past decade. From Florence Knoll-inspired sofas to boxy nightstands, to dining room tables based on Eero Saarinen’s Tulip style, midcentury modern touches are almost synonymous with the 2010s.

But have you ever stopped and wondered why? According to one design pro, the key to this comeback might have been popular culture.  “We saw the Mad Men obsession trickle into furniture designs in nearly every top retailer in some way,” says Alessandra Wood, interior design expert and Vice President of Style at Modsy. “Culturally, we became more obsessed with this time period, welcoming Mrs. Maisel into our lives and the TWA Hotel reopening as an homage to the style.”

Want to predict which trends will make it big in the 2020s? You might want to consult your Netflix queue.

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Fabulous Farmhouse

farmhouse bathroom

Trinette Reed/Stocksy

Another pop culture phenomenon that shaped interior design? Fixer Upper. “Chip and Jo’s Fixer Upper Modern Farmhouse style defined" the 2010s, Wood says.”The style re-introduces us to cozy, warm spaces that are welcoming and inviting for friends and family.”

If you covered your home in shiplap, distressed wood, and matte black accents, congratulations! You did the 2010s right.

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Direct-to-Consumer Craze

bedroom

Julia Robbs 

If the past decade taught us anything, it’s that it’s entirely possible to buy great home décor from the comfort of your couch. From the big boom of boxed mattresses to the influx of Internet-famous sheets, plates, and yes, even furniture, your dream house is just a click away.

Problem is, the direct-to-consumer model makes it tricky to try out your home décor before you buy. Here’s hoping the 2020s can bridge the gap between the Internet and the real world

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Plant Power

plants

Black and Blooms

Have you recently bought more plants than you’d like to admit? You’re not alone. Over the past few years, we’ve decked out our homes in fiddle-leaf figsmonsteras, and practically anything else that can fit into our spaces. But for many, plant parenthood is so much more than a design trend; it’s a lifestyle.

Haven’t hopped on the plant bandwagon just yet? The good news is we don’t think this trend is going anywhere anytime soon.  

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Sustainable Style

lumbar pillow

The Citizenry

As the influx of sustainably-minded companies argues, it’s all too easy being green. From brands like The Citizenry, which partners with artisans around the world, to toxic-free brands like Studio Ziggy, the design industry is thinking more strategically about how they produce and source their home décor. And we’re not the only ones who are on board with this fad.

“I was so happy to see a rise in natural, sustainable materials, a reverence for handmade, and the idea of story driving many design decisions,” says interior designer Caroline Rafferty.

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