Our homes have seen so many transformations over the decades and interior design trends are a unique way to view the past. The history of interior design is so closely wrapped in our political and social history that the two are constantly impacting each other in fascinating ways. From psychedelic patterned wallpaper to utilitarian furniture to floral curtains, we take a look at the history of interior design over the years and how our homes have changed.
Georgian Interior Design
We start to really get a picture of interior design in the 1700s, when highly stylised, classically inspired interiors and simple lines filled Georgian homes. As the British Empire grew, so too did the items coming into the UK from abroad, with exquisite silks, traditional patterns and works of art becoming incredibly popular.
The Victorian Era
Victorian homes continued this theme of empire, displaying their new wealth through prized objects from overseas. The upper classes showcased an eclectic mix of cultures and styles in their lavish homes, with grand fabrics and window dressings. Darker, more elaborate furniture and draperies filled homes, with people starting to show their wealth through interior design.
Interior design in the 1900s
In the 1900s, we started to see more masculine designs in homes, especially due to the fact there was a king on the throne. During the First World War, the style became far more basic, with less affluence and fewer frills in homes and wardrobes.
The Art Deco trend of the 1920s and 1930s was extremely stylish, with stunning pieces of furniture and architecture. After World War II and the rations that hit Europe, luxuries and lavishness were again missing from homes, with utilitarian design and simpler decor.
Homes in the 1950s
We saw a huge change again in the 1950s as new technologies like vacuum cleaners, irons and electric cookers entered homes in the UK. There were also new materials available, like plastic, which could be brightly coloured, cheaply produced and soon became standard. Iconic pieces of furniture like the tulip chair and the Pantone chair were designed due to the capabilities of this new material.
The 1960s & 1970s
Interior design in the 1960s was hugely impacted by the culture of the time. The psychedelic designs, the bright colours and the women’s emancipation movement all represented a brave era and with that came boldness within interiors. In the 1970s, there were still plenty of colourful palettes, with yellows, oranges and browns seen everywhere in homes.
In the 1980s, mass-produced flat-pack furniture became readily available across the UK, making it far cheaper for people to renovate and redecorate their homes. Patterns became more subtle for furniture and draperies, with delicate florals and traditional English designs. Carpets also became more luxurious and common throughout homes.
Modern Homes in the UK
In the UK today, we have access to far more resources, ideas and cultures than ever before, which can be seen through the variety of interior styles people choose for their homes. Professional interior designers take inspiration from around the world, with decades of interior trends to take inspiration from.
As we look back at the interior styles throughout history, we can choose to mix and match elements we like and replace those we don’t. Homes in the UK are full of personality, far more than in the past. There are also a lot more ways you can take elements from different eras, cultures and places and fit them into the space that you have without needing to completely dominate it.
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