When looking for home decor inspiration, borrowing from the past is the perfect way to bring classic design directly into your domain. And today – thanks to online marketplaces like Chairish, 1stdibs, and Etsy – it’s never been easier to find one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from sellers who ship directly to your front door.
Take a trip back in time and explore 10 iconic design styles that truly made their mark on home decor history. Whether you love the lavish look of Hollywood Regency or geek out on mid-century modern classics, there’s no denying that these innovative styles from yesterday became today’s timeless, must-have pieces.
A time of great wealth and opulence, Art Deco furniture mixed streamlined design with chrome and lacquered surfaces for a style that shined like the top of the Chrysler Building.
Created for and inspired by the most glamorous Hollywood stars of the time, this over-the-top, color-unfused style is the definition of “extra.”
A transitional period in American interior design, this war-time era style went back to basics with traditional wood pieces and understated embellishments.
Defined by clean lines, organic curves, and warm tones, this classic style has left a lasting legacy on home decor with no end in sight.
The decade that brought us plastic furniture and the egg pod chair, 1960s home decor was experimental, bold, and truly out of this world.
A time of earth-friendly design, this DIY-inspired decade was all about wood paneling, rattan furniture, and macrame everything.
A direct rebellion of the past, this iconic design movement that mixed bold colors with wacky patterns was not initially adored, but ended up defining the decade.
Before the modern farmhouse look, there was shabby chic: a little bit french, a little bit country, and a whole lot of ruffles.
This rustic style mixed stone countertops, elaborate iron finishings, and dark wood furniture to create the feeling that one was back in the Old Country.
Today: Personalized Perfection
Whether you’re a die-hard mid-century fan or prefer over-the-top Hollywood Regency accents (or both), this new decade is all about putting a modern spin on the best decor of the past and making it your own.
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