80’s Interior Design – Enjoy The Era Of Kitsch

The 80’s were the high decade of the vintage kitsch interior generation. It is especially nostalgic since this era experienced so many highs and lows of designs that are still very much present in run-down interiors in need of a major refurbishment these days.

The interior trend of that decade was truly a classic.. Meanwhile, it can be incorporated in a contemporary vintage aesthetic. Let’s look at some styles that were in high fashion which is still able to be incorporated today.



1) Chintz


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Printed colored fabrics in multicolor were truly appreciated back then. Laura Ashly was a prevalent interior design name in that decade. Their flowery patterned was incorporated in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms as well as kitchens. You can definitely collect inspiration from here despite this style cannot be replicated completely.




2) Pastels, pastels, pastels everywhere


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Light, breezy and airy pastel colored schemes were truly the trend in the 80’s. Everybody wanted a baby pink bathroom and baby blue living room which is dressed in several rattan furniture. The bright colors certainly add a certain pizazz into the space. This trend definitely can be replicated currently while it is still keeping modern sensibilities in check.





3) The Open Kitchen Phenomenon


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If you ever wonder where the open kitchen trend came from, you have the 80’s to thank for it. The design of the kitchens was used to be extremely spacious and very patina-ed. There was not an ounce of sleek in their aesthetic. But the evolution in design and materials has led so some great and sophisticated open kitchen designs these days.




4) The Memphis style furniture


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The Memphis style was an entire movement that was inspired by the geometry. It was founded by Ettore Sottsass and, it is focused on spreading oblique and angular geometric shapes around a single interior space. This inspired the creation of geometric furniture style. Needless to say, it is quite futuristic in aesthetic. Even today, it can be incorporated into contemporary interiors without much intervention.




5) Plush Furniture


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Large vintage couches which are pretty popular during the older generation, it is also an advent of the 80’s. They are huge, and it is often dressed in simple or chintz velvet upholstery. Nonetheless, it can be considered ‘ugly’ in the contemporary aesthetic. Today, this can be used in modern interiors with a complete makeover.

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