Interior Design Trends That Have Made a Comeback

Interior Design Trends That Have Made a Comeback

  • Zita Billmann
  • 05/13/22

All that is old is new again. It’s an old phrase, but it still rings true today. Once banished from home décor trends, we are seeing design incorporating wood paneling and wallpaper making a comeback. These blasts from the past, given a fresh modern twist, have become some of the most popular décor trends as of late. Whether it’s a case of nostalgia or designers looking to dive into old designs, you might be surprised to learn about some of these hot trends with roots in the past.


  • Brass: While not as popular as it was in the ‘90s, brass is being embraced throughout home design as a great accent material for everything from handles and faucets to light fixtures throughout the home. The days of bright, polished brass seem to be over though: current uses are typically matte or satin and can be found in ultra-modern and more vintage designs alike. 
  • Wallpaper: A few years ago, wallpaper was an uncomfortable reminder of garish colors and designs best left in the bins of yesteryear. Modern design has prevailed, and modern interpretations of classic wallpaper are tasteful and receiving widespread acceptance. An emphasis on clean geometric shapes or tasteful floral prints are being used to create unique accent walls without the need for the intricate designs to be painted.
  • Houseplants: You may think houseplants are timeless and universal. But they actually haven’t been this popular since the 1970s when we filled our homes with plants. Today’s plants are both pretty to look at and are said to have some health benefits! 
  • A colorful Kitchen: There’s something to be said for all-white kitchens and their clean, sterile look… but kitchens are starting to see a reintroduction of color. It seems today’s stylists have learned their lesson from the bold and garish greens and oranges of the 1970s and are choosing more neutral, mild hues to help kitchens feel welcoming and warm. In particular, using cabinets or creating an accent wall have been a great places to experiment with the reintroduction of color without committing the entire room to a repaint.
  • Woven furniture: while this style of furniture may give you flashbacks to the ‘60s and ‘70s, it’s been around for hundreds of years. The modern reintroduction takes inspiration from boho design and can add texture and patterns to an otherwise plain space. Wicker chairs and woven baskets are an easy addition that can go a long way in adding classic style to even the most modern space.
  • Individual Rooms: Open concept was the king of interior design for quite a while, but the concepts of compartmentalization and privacy are on the rise. The idea of a separate home office or home school space is appealing to many, and thanks to the use of room dividers or other temporary walls, we’re seeing many open floor plans converted into more individual rooms.
  • Wood paneling: From the dark, chunky basement panels of the past to slim, high-style shiplap slats popular today, wood paneling has been totally transformed. You might not even recognize the family resemblance between yesterday’s dated designs and today’s natural tongue and groove boards.
  • Macramé: Macramé was popularized in the 1970s. It’s back on the scene, mostly in the form of plant hangers, wall hangings, hammocks, and pillows, creating an updated boho chic look.

If you put a lot of effort into making sure your home doesn’t look dated, you may be surprised to learn that some of those outdated old designs are coming back into vogue! When it comes to home design trends, it certainly seems that what comes around will probably go around again, with some of the hottest styles today giving a firm nod to their predecessors. 

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