The 6 Most Popular Design Trends of the Past Decade

Updated 11/21/19

Katie Hodges Design

At the risk of being dramatic, this is the end of an era. 

In a few short weeks, we’ll be kissing the 2010s goodbye and saying hello to a brand new decade: The 2020s. And while we can’t wait to see what the new decade will bring to our homes, we can’t help but get a little nostalgic about the past ten years.

Simply put, this decade was a game-changer for interior design. Not only did the 2010s birth a number of now-infamous trends, but it 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. 

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 is 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 has 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: This decade put the shade on the map.

Mid-Century Revival 

office
Liljencrantz Design

You don’t have to be an interior design expert to know the 2010s we’re all about mid-century modernism. Yes, we know the trend originated in the 1950s and 1960s; however, there's been a huge resurgence over the past 10 years. From Florence Knoll-inspired sofas, to boxy nightstands, to dining room tables based on Eero Saarinen’s Tulip style, mid-century modern touches have become almost synonymous with the 2010s.

But have you ever stopped and wondered why? According to one design pro, the key to this comeback might be 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.”

We saw the Mad Men obsession trickle into furniture designs in nearly every top retailer in some way.

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

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 this decade,” 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.

Direct-to-Consumer Craze

bedroom
Julia Robbs 

If the past decade has 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 mattress 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 2020 can bridge the gap between the Internet and the real world.

Plant Power

plants
Black and Blooms

Bought more plants than you’d like to admit this past decade? You’re not alone. Over the past few years, we’ve decked out our homes in fiddle-leaf figs, monsteras, 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.  

Sustainable Style

lumbar pillow
The Citizenry

As the influx of sustainably-minded companies argue, 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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