Ever since we passed 2010, we’ve been witnessing a curious process: both fashion and interior design seem to be mostly based on re-elaborating trends from the past. Think about clothes: you probably own an 80s-inspired denim jacket, a couple of 90s plaid shirts that were made popular by grunge culture and a few hippie-chic items. In fact, entire international events, like Coachella, are a re-modeled version of hippie festivals -- a version that’s equipped with bathrooms and luxury tents. As not too long ago we wrote about how some interior designs from the 70s are making a comeback, we thought of checking out a few 80s-inspired trends with a contemporary twist that you should definitely employ in your homedecor. Are you ready to live every day as if you were in Madonna’s music videos?
The 80s were a decade ruled by neon colors: lime, mint, lemon, cyclamen started appearing on eyeshadows, sunglasses, hair bands and bracelets, and basically everywhere else. They became such a distinctive feature of those years that even now, whenever there’s an 80s-themed party, you can be sure that everyone is going to wear at least one of these colors. Now, we would never suggest you decorate your whole house with these energetic shades, but we’ll say this: choose one neon dècor piece and the room you place it in will immediately get that characteristic 80s vibe. A tip? Be humorous! Colors like electric blue, fuchsia and yellow cannot be taken too seriously. We really, really love this sofa: it’s a funny, unpretentious mix of bold colors, different fabrics (silk, velvet and cotton), kept together by an exaggerated 18th century French-inspired frame.
If you’re familiar with the movie American Gigolo, you’ll notice that the interior design is sleek, self-assured, characterized by neutral and / or cold shades. If there is something we love about the 80s, is how multifaceted they were: on the one hand, you’d have country-style kitchens, while on the other these yuppie and almost pretentious designs were all the rage. We’ll confess, our personal preferences go to crazier and cozier home décor styles, but still: if you’d like your house to be vibrant with some understated masculine energy, the American Gigolo sleek style is for you. What are the rules? Don’t choose anything unnecessary; opt for a contrast between shiny and matte surfaces, and finally: if you’re looking for a cabinet or a wardrobe, avoid handles, as they would just ruin an otherwise perfectly clean design.
To complete the confident sleekness of your American Gigolo living room, why not go all the way and pick out some bright and essential ceiling lamps? We normally always suggest warm light patterns, but this time you have our approval to fill your rooms with blindingly white light.
Vertical, classic floor lamps
We’re now used to all sorts of floor lamps: deconstructed, gigantic, curved… What’s bizarre is that, even though the 80s were a time of excess and yuppie pretentiousness, floor lamps were by contrast extremely linear: a sleek, vertical stem with a large cone on top. What’s good about these lamps is that they have such a universal look that they will be perfect to decorate almost every room in your house. A suggestion? Get a brass stem to achieve a spotless and classy look.
See, this is what we meant when we talked about the 80s as a time of contradictions: chintz was incredibly popular too, back then. It’s a fabric characterized by floral patterns on a lighter background and to be fair, it’s been around for ages: at least since the 17th century. However, interior designers rediscovered it during the 1980s: all of a sudden, rooms were invaded by chintz armchairs, sofas, poufs and ottomans. Some of you may feel a bit “meh” about it: as you were little or much younger anyway when chintz was popular, in your mind it’s probably associated with old people, old ideas and old mindsets. However, chintz has been evolving! Designers have started to create brighter floral patterns they often alternate with optical or geometric designs, for a renovated and much younger and hip look.
Extravagant animalier patterns
The 80s were actually a great decade for the animalier trend: everyone was walking around dressed in zebra and tiger stripes. In general, it was just a great decade for animal-related products, like furs. And remember how popular black leather became, thanks to bands like Guns N’ Roses? Not to mention alligator and snake skin! If you’d like to celebrate this distinctive love for animalier patterns and actual furs, here’s something for you that’s most definitely unique. We’re used to seeing brown and white, raw-edged cow skin rugs, so this one is on a completely different level. Not only is it square and dark, it’s also been printed to resemble a mesmerizing alligator skin: we’re sure this rug will puzzle all of your guests! Anyone who loves the 80s will appreciate the bold, kitsch soul of this original home décor piece.
Yet another contradiction: preppy was also another trend that was going great, especially as far as bedrooms were concerned. Think about those pj’s you see in movies like When Harry Met Sally: often vertically striped, designed as elegant and slightly posh night versions of your daily clothes, with those preppy collars. We don’t know if this trend moved from fashion to interior design or vice versa; what we do know, however, is that it ended up being shared by both. What’s lovely about it is that it does infuse a feeling of comfiness and tranquillity, so why not adopt it again, three decades later, for your bedroom design? True, anyone who’ll step into your bedroom will assume that back in the day you must have been quite nerdy at school, but hey: brainy is the new sexy.
If you say “80s bathtub”, the first picture that pops into our mind is Al Pacino’s gigantic sunken tub in Scarface. Because of the economic boom, all those hippies-turned-yuppies started enjoying a crazy, excessive, luxurious lifestyle, which would show all over their houses and of course, in their bathrooms as well. For instance, back then golden leaf used to be a popular bathroom décor item (again: see Al Pacino’s bathroom in Scarface for reference). Back to bathtubs: worry not, excess is still possible in 2018! If you want to go full-on Scarface style, this bathtub may be what you’re looking for: it’s not sunken, but it’s round and lavish, enclosed by a decorative and exclusive partition.
If you’d rather spoil yourself with a full spa treatment, you can look for a large, square bathtub that combines luxury with comfort and style.
Neon colors are not the only decoration that was popular back in the 80s: abstract art was too! In fact, anything that was bold and bright was considered highly decorative. We suggest to keep the boldness under control, though: there’s a limit to how inconsiderate you can be when styling your house. A tip? Keep the rooms balanced by placing only one or two bright, abstract art pieces inside each of them, tops.