10 ways you probably decorated in the 1980s
In the 1980s, chintz worked in just about every room. Featured in our October 1981 issue, a sitting area in Old Westbury Gardens in Long Island, New York, the Baker sofas are covered in Brunschwig & Fils's Westbury Bouquet glaze chintz.
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Found even in city apartments, the country look reigned in the 1980s. In a Texas kitchen from our September 1980 issue, the room is the "homey hub" of the house. To complete the look, the owner displayed split-oak baskets and used glazed ceramic tiles and canisters.
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Popular designs by Memphis Milano inspired bright looks and bold geometric patterns. Rooms with neon colors and abstract art were the norm in the 1980s, such as in this Houston condominium from our September 1980 issue.
Classic blue-and-white stripes were just one of the hallmarks of preppy style. In a vacation house featured in our October 1983 issue, the furniture is slipcovered in a crisp blue-and-white striped fabric from Ralph Lauren Home Furnishings.
American gigolo style
If your house didn't have country or shabby chic style, it may have been modern with clean-lined furniture and sleek decor. Think Richard Gere's contemporary apartment in American Gigolo. This house in Biscayne Bay, Florida, from our March 1981 issue, has a geometric fireplace, which has stereo speakers built into each side. Andy Warhol's portfolio of Mick Jagger silkscreens completely surrounds the room.
The white, distressed, and antique look had a large following in the 1980s — and it's still pretty popular today. In this sunny cottage, featured in our June 1983 issue, sofas are covered with quilted comforters and simple grommets inserted into artist's-weight canvas are hung like swags.
Soothing and spiritual, Japanese-inspired design was a popular trend in the 1980s. In a living room from our January 1982 issue, pebbles, carefully selected for their uniformity and subtle tones, are arranged as if they were fruit in a bowl.