90s Interior Trends Make a Comeback in 2016

Today I have a great guest post looking at the trends from the 1990s and how some of them are making a comeback already. This one is well worth a read. Enjoy!

Who can forget the 90s? A time when ‘Girl Power’ came to the fore, Jelly Platforms and scrunchies were legitimate Saturday-night attire and Friends was the best thing about Friday nights.

The golden decade was also big for interior design, but it’s only really now in 2016, when trends are making a come back, that we’re appreciating exactly what the 90s offered us in terms of interior design. As Network VEKA, the UK’s most trusted installer network, celebrates its 20th birthday this year, they’ve taken a look back at some of trends that were big in 1996 and are already back with a bang.

The White Kitchen

white kitchenWhite kitchens first came to the fore in the 90s and are more popular than ever now. Living in a time where properties are getting smaller and maximising space is a growing priority, high gloss and white-wash wood are an obvious choice for those with smaller kitchens, who want to create a light and airy feel inside, while retaining a crisp, clean look. Completing the look with modern white appliances and bringing it into a contemporary feel with accent colours such as a pastel KitchenAid, the white kitchen was one of the 90s biggest triumphs.

Hunter Green

It’s yet to be named Pantone’s Colour of the Year but this could only be a matter of time, as Hunter Green is also making a return. While we’re not expecting the tone to sell out in B&Q any time soon, Hunter Green is currently a dreamy accent for popular Mustards and Navys, and creates a plush, regal look when coupled with golden accessories. This trend gamble really pays off!

Window Dressings

The 1990s was the time when windows became big and window-dressing, even bigger! We’re talking fancy curtain rails, tie-backs, extravagant fringing and heavy patterns. Although in 2016 the trend has been refined somewhat, in preference for the likes of tracked shutters and Venetian Blinds, our appreciation for enjoying natural light through large window panes lives on.

Scandi Wood

Scandi wooden side tableNo 90s interiors post would be complete without paying tribute to pine wood. The era of Changing Rooms saw Brits fall in love with light-coloured wood and we flocked to kit out our homes in pine drawers, tables, chairs – you name it, we had it! Today’s homes, especially new builds, tend to prefer oak, chestnut or bamboo, however pine is a key component of recreating the enduring Scandinavian trend, with its cool, calm, minimalist feel.

Like fashion and beauty trends, interior inspirations are constantly making a comeback. While some need to stay safely back in the past (RIP sponge painted walls) others really can add a unique touch to your home.

Have you turned back time and adopted a 90s trend in your home? Or have you successfully combined some 90s interiors accents with contemporary décor? If so, what did you go for?

Network VEKA first launched to fill a very specific gap in the market – to offer hard-working companies a way to prove their commitment to quality. Installers must request to be part of Network VEKA and are thoroughly vetted on an ongoing basis. It is an exclusive network that’s membership is highly sought-after.

The innovative organisation was the first of its kind and still leads the industry in its 20th year.  With a white glove service of care, knowledge and attention to detail, it’s this element that creates a point of difference for Network VEKA above and beyond the other brands out there.

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Images: White kitchen || Scandi table via Shutterstock



Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
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  1. Jane Taylor
    April 1, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    I am loving white but on the walls of my kitchen, so yes, in that respect I’m rocking the ’90s style. We were going to have gloss white kitchen units but in the end we felt that with so much white on the walls of our kitchen diner we would be brave and go for an ivory and cashmere…(I do hope it still seems stylish a few years down the line). Having so much white on the walls means I can brighten it up with many colourful accessories and mix the accessories up a bit and change them when I get bored.

    We have gradually banished pine from our house but we were ‘house of pine’ for much of the 90s. Now we are ‘house of oak’. I dunno, it makes me feel like more of a grown up!

  2. sophie
    April 6, 2016 / 3:42 am

    OK jen, let me tell you that I am grateful to you for this blog post. I am a big fan of the 90s style and most my friends tend to tease me for my odd interior decoration taste as they call it. I kept telling them : “come on, guys, you’ll see, the 90’s style will come back. That is the same old cycle of trend… so you’ll see. It is like beauty or fashion. trends come and go and do come back …
    Now who can tell her friends : I told you haha
    ok joke aside, I am definitely into pine woods, just because of that scandinavian touch and the minimalist feel, which is for me the definition of chic 🙂

  3. Sam Williamson
    April 19, 2016 / 9:05 am

    It’s strange how design trends come and go! I’d always associated the 90s with slightly harsher textures than the ones featured in your article but I suppose that’s probably because my house was always a bit messy! I especially love the pine wood it looks great. Anyone who says white is boring clearly hasn’t ever painted their walls white.

  4. Hip Hop Radio Guy
    June 22, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    This is a great article and thanks for writing it, but it’s too early for the 90s to come back into style! Maybe I sound like a grumpy old/young man, but there’s several decades before that had much more interesting textures and color combinations. Sorry, I’m redecorating my house and just had to chime in. Maybe I should just keep my opinion to myself. =)

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