These 9 Forgotten Home Trends Are Suddenly Cool Again

Popular trends come and go... and come back around again. In fact, while every generation puts its own spin on home design, much of what is popular today is a revival of a bygone fashion. Here are just a handful of design trends that are back in the limelight after a fall from favor.

  1. Brass

    Brass Interior Design

    Stainless steel and rose gold have each had their moments recently, but now it's brass's time to shine (again). When used for hardware and fixtures, this popular metal brings color and warmth to a kitchen, bathroom, or even a living room or outdoor living space.

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  2. Classic Cabinets

    Shaker Cabinets Kitchen Design

    For a time, open shelves and glossy minimalist cabinets were all the rage in kitchens. In these interiors, painstakingly stacked dishes and glassware doubled as both necessities and curated decor, but the revealing look wasn't for everybody and left some homeowners feeling overexposed. Today, the classic cabinet is making a comeback, and homeowners are spoiled for choice when it comes to types of materials, colors, stain, and hardware options. 

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  3. Paneled Walls

    Interior Design Wood Walls

    Until very recently, walking into a room with wood paneling felt like stepping back into the 1970s. In fact, at the start of a renovation old-school paneling is often one of the first things to go. But thanks to popular home makeover shows and a little rebranding, wall paneling has seen a resurgence over the past few years. To distinguish today's paneling from the maligned versions of yesteryear, many designers are installing paneling horizontally rather than vertically, and painting it bright white to counter any lingering connections between wall paneling and dark, gloomy interiors.

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  4. Light Wood

    Decorating With Light Wood Floors

    Hardwood floors will always be popular, but the "it" color of stain changes over the years. With influence from Scandinavian design, light-colored wood floors are replacing the once common dark, cherry wood tones. While lighter-colored floors require more upkeep—take off those muddy shoes!—they boast design benefits like, for instance, making a room feel bigger and brighter.

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  5. Houseplants

    Houseplants Interior Design

    Unless you have a woefully brown thumb, you've probably always had a few houseplants in your living space. These days, though, houseplants have achieved such a level of popularity among nature-starved homeowners that it's not uncommon to see entire rooms transformed into indoor jungles. Harking back to the 1970s, folks are ready to embrace the health benefits of indoor plants and use them as living decor. Thanks to the wide range of options available at local nurseries, garden centers, and online shopping sites, finding unusual houseplants—beyond the basic spider plant—is now easier than ever.

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  6. Wallpaper

    Wallpaper Design For Home

    Wallpaper has been slowly and steadily making its way back into homeowners’ good graces. Forget the cringeworthy floral patterns of the 1980s! Today's vendors offer bold, modern, and design-friendly options like nothing you've ever seen. Homeowners these days can even take more creative license with using wallpaper throughout the home: Apply it to every wall in a room, or paint three walls and paper the fourth for a playful accent wall that pops.

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  7. Color in the Kitchen

    Color In Kitchen

    Who doesn't love a white kitchen? Luscious subway tile, bright quartz countertops, and white cabinets can be stunning, but the monochromatic look can feel monotonous after a while. That’s why color is making a comeback in the kitchen. No, you won't see the burnt oranges and avocado greens of the 1970s; today's pops of color are brighter and breezier, and they pair well with white, adding color and energy without saddling the room with too much visual weight.

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  8. Freestanding Tubs

    Soaking Tubs

    For some, there’s nothing more relaxing than unwinding in a hot bath. And thanks to an increased focus on self-care in these stressful times, many of today's homeowners are craving a luxurious stand-alone tub in their bathrooms.

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  9. Tin Ceilings

    Decorating With Tin Ceilings Tile

    Today's homeowners want charming interiors that convey a story and spark interest—no matter when the home was built. This desire could explain why tin ceilings are enjoying a revival of late. The style adds a vintage touch and yet feels totally modern at the same time.

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  10. Hitting the Refresh Button

    Hitting the Refresh Button

    Everything old is new again. Again.

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