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The one piece of home décor that every family had through the years


Passementerie-style trimming originated in the Victorian Era but has since come back into style.

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Clothing trends aren’t the only forms of style that drastically change over time. Home décor trends also ebb and flow — just ask the shag rug in your grandparents’ house.

Many of these trends became ubiquitous in households across the United States. We spoke to two interior designers — Linda Holmes of LuxDeco and Marina Hanisch of Marina Hanisch Interiors— to identify the pieces of furniture and design choices everyone has had in their home over the years.

From wood paneling and fringing to exposed media centers and beaded curtains, here are the most popular interior design trends through the decades.

Modernist styles were revolutionary and ubiquitous back in the 1930s, but they may not look very modern to interior designers today.

A 1937 modern living room.

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Incorporating metals and plastics into interior design in addition to clean lines helped usher out the pomp and circumstance of Victorian-style decor, according to Apartment Therapy.

And matching cloths and patterns adorned many living rooms in the 1940s.

A 1949 living room.

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Matching patterns have fizzled out, but clean, monochrome designs are still very much in vogue.

Before televisions became impossibly thin and chic, bulky wooden TV sets filled the living rooms of the 1950s.

A 1950s living room and wooden TV.

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The clashing patterns that once filled living rooms have also since gone out of style.

Beaded curtains made appearances in homes across the country in the 1960s and 1970s.

Robert De Niro performing a scene in “Taxi Driver” in 1976.

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“These types of trends generally come through other design connections, such as fashion,” Holmes told Insider. “This then trickles down into the interior design world, where it is influenced and interpreted into different trends. The symmetry between these two worlds usually creates universal traction with some trends that stay and some that get a new revival.”

Lava lamps were prevalent in the 1960s and made a comeback in the 1990s.

Lava lamps.

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“Trends come and go, and even classic styles evolve with time,” Hanisch said. “I see a lot of trends from the past revitalized with modern influences.”

Shag carpets were yet another staple of the 1960s.

Shag carpet.


The furry, long-stranded rugs have long been out of style, but they were pervasive in their heyday.

Walls made of glass blocks filled living rooms and bathrooms throughout the 1980s.

A glass-blocked wall in a living room.

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Many older homes still feature these clunky accent walls.

Bubble chairs were all the rage in the 1990s.

Attendee poses for portrait at the new ’90s room launch at Madame Tussauds.

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There was hardly a child’s or teen’s bedroom in America without one.

“Something that everyone has encountered within their lifetime might have been the tasseled lamp shade that you used to see at your grandma’s house,” Holmes said.

Fringed lamp shade from your grandmother’s house.


“Modern fringing has taken a fresh look on present furnishings,” she added. “It has been edging its way from cushions onto furniture pieces such as sofa skirting, creating a lighthearted interior feel.”

Macramé wall hangings are currently in vogue, according to Hanisch.

Macramé wall hangings.

“It’s part of a very popular boho design trend,” Hanisch said. “I think they are wonderful in certain spaces and inspire a laid-back vibe.”

Passementerie-style trimming on furniture reached its peak popularity during the Victorian Era, but has since made a resurgence in homes.

Passementerie-style trimming.

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