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Three Retro Trends We Hope Never Come Back

We’re all about walking on the cutting edge when it comes to design. But every now and then, it’s even more fun to take a jog down memory lane. Grab your boomboxes and hold onto your turtlenecks – we’re going to unpack some of the most cringeworthy style trends of the last three decades.

1970s: Soaked in your Sleep

Something just wet the bed—it was your mattress. These vinyl water sacks were all the rage, making waves in the 70s until folks finally got seasick by the 80s. If you didn’t have a waterbed, did you even have a bed? Everyone who was anyone was on board, from plain Jane nextdoor to Hugh Hef, who reportedly had a huge waterbed covered in Tasmanian possum hair. These buoyant mattresses were fantastic—as long as Fluffy the cat kept his paws off! We’re so glad the popularity of this trend dried up so we could finally put the waterbed to rest.

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1980s: The Monster Beneath Your Feet

Not surprisingly, thinking back to the wall-to-wall carpets that swept the market in the 80s does not give us the warm fuzzies! While we’d rather sweep this one under the rug, shag carpets were a wildly popular trend, covering up gorgeous hardwoods from the front door to the (gasp) bathroom floor. Between the flourishing bacteria and hard-to-clean dirt, there was nothing magic about these carpets, which unrolled in popular shades like hunter green, burgundy and jaundice yellow.

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1990s: Wild Walls

Perhaps something about the impending millenium made us want to box ourselves into the decade—a feeling which we accomplished with floor-to ceiling wallpaper in every room! Seashell patterns? You bet. Infinite florals? Yes please! This dated fashion trend swallowed even the most expansive spaces, assaulting the eye with colors and shapes galore! On the off-chance we wanted to let walls breathe, there was sponge paint, creating a clashing multi-neon colored collage of chaos.

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Black Magic

 

This season, it turns out there is no “new” black. That’s because nothing compares to a touch of black when it comes to grounding a room. No matter the style, subtlety is the key to executing this trend with class. Opt for simple accents with a classic matte finish. While saturating with black can make a space feel confined, subtle touches serve to elevate the overall design of the room. Stylists are noting a higher demand for black hardware, especially in kitchen and bathroom design. Farmhouse or apron faucet— it doesn’t matter. Choosing matte black will add a touch of serenity. For a simple, yet marked design upgrade, consider switching out your cabinet pulls. You’ll be pleased to find black pairs well with just about anything.

 

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Orange You Glad

Brought to life by Chameleon Design, this vibrant Trumark home in Ontario is layered with freshly squeezed style—but not without counterbalance. Every dash of magenta and mango is mellowed by classic black touches, whether it be a curtain rod, picture frame, coffee table or lamp. And that’s exactly the appeal—dashes of charcoal charm enliven this space from floor to ceiling by bringing out the warmth and beauty around them. Where there’s a statement, whether it’s brights or whites, you can ensure there’s a matte black accent to make it pop or reel it back in. One of the most markedly modern features of this homey space is the use of crisp black tiling in the bathroom and kitchen, creating two-toned contrast against classic, white cabinetry. Black and white together create a striking color composition that can be used anywhere in the home, conveying earthy and upscale at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

Mellow Marigold

 

Soothing gray and earthy beige hues at Hideaway St. Cloud by William Lyon Homes are animated with lighthearted marigold accents, courtesy of our team at Chameleon Design. This unique aesthetic is distinguished by a soothing array of art, textiles and playful accents to evoke feelings of warmth and comfort. Rich with textural touches like tassels, knit throws, and woven rugs, this spacious abode truly feels like home. Stylishly smooth gray hardwoods ground this aesthetic, while pops of honey and marigold contrast to create an organic, yet contemporary atmosphere. Multi-dimensional golden artwork and accents set the tone for a pleasing showcase of sunny shades, evoking imagery of sunrise against a sandy shore.

Elegant Embellishment

Don’t leave the saying “less is more” at the door. Inside the world of decor, you can have both by layering a simple aesthetic with rich embellishments. This year, it’s all about amplifying texture with touches like macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels and feathers. When tactfully executed, this style blends creativity and refinement to lend sophistication to any space.

A Handmade Touch

Textured details amplify any interior with personality and intrigue that forge an emotional connection. They contribute a handcrafted aesthetic that instantly invites warmth into a space. Whether a hand-woven tapestry or an intricate quilt, each crafted touch contributes a distinct sense of comfort. Such details give a space heart — its own distinctive recipe of wonder and excitement.

Custom Character

Textured details distinguish a room by making simple pieces feel custom-made. Layering materials and embellishments can help tie a look together with rustic wood elements, wall hangings, throws and rugs. Attention to detail is key in achieving a curated style that is elevated and harmonic. A collection of textures can be tailored to curate a sophisticated ambiance with its own special energy.

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Harmonic Hues

Much like a glass of lemonade sipped by the pool, yellow evokes feelings of happiness, warmth and positivity that refresh its surroundings. It’s no wonder yellow is on the rise this season, playing a vibrant role in high-end decor by pairing elegance with a sense of decadence. Introduce blissful yellow hues in accessories, or make a bold statement by mixing bright shades with modern shapes and patterns. Keeping a constant color theme grounds the look while geometric shapes illuminate the space with balance, creativity and intrigue.

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A Green Slate

Brought to life by our team at Chameleon design, Citrus and Palm’s Sales Offices embrace a naturally soothing aesthetic, with luscious pops of coral and orange, and sea-inspired hues of turquoise and green. Rich with varied textures displayed by sculptural plant details, an array of correlating art pieces, textiles and dramatic light fixtures, the buyer is instantly transported to a tranquil seaside escape and a desert oasis all rolled into one.

Elegance is Evergreen

It’s human nature. We’re inherently captivated by the breathtaking wonder of the wild. From its succulent tones to its raw, invigorating textures, it’s no wonder this season seeks to breathe life into everyday spaces by harnessing natural beauty indoors.

Go Greener

Need a refresh? Try a lively pop of emerald or the elegance of sage to awaken the surrounding palate. It’s time to embrace the urge to go green, with sage as the new neutral, and emerald as its crisp, new accent.

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A Fresher Feel

When paired with nature’s harmonious hues, earthy, organic textures creating a captivating centerpiece, exuding natural charm and timeless sophistication. Bright botanicals? Yes, please. Bold statement fabrics? Even better. The rich textures of the season satiate our innate desire to coexist with nature, adding a powerful organic element to decor.

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Living Accents

The revitalizing touch of live greenery is springing up in luxury spaces everywhere, and the variety from which to choose from is in full bloom. From romantic florals to playful fiddle leaf figs, there is a unique foliage theme to enliven every design aesthetic. Add a living accent (or centerpiece) and it is an invitation to step inside for a breath of fresh air.

 

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Groundbreaking Accents

It’s no longer an “accent,” if it’s become cliché. Swap out tired accents for a coveted centerpiece with charming embellished floors. Eye-catching flooring creates matchless character and makes an unforgettable statement, whether through ornamented tiles, patterned hardwood, or suave geometric carpeting. This technique breathes opulence into any space, large or small, by captivating from the ground up. Try dabbling with this stunning style in spaces—such as a bathroom, foyer, mudroom, or even the kitchen—and go as big as suits your buyers’ fancy. The sky is truly the limit when it comes reawakening a space with the allure of chic, embellished floors.

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Project Highlight: Center House, Plan 3, Ontario, CA

Be in the Center of It All

Trumark Homes engaged Chameleon Design to create a vision of modern living at Center House, part of a master-planned community in Ontario catering to first-time buyers For a fresh take, we led with a color palette as crisp as citrus and as soothing as a Zen retreat. Grey-hued cabinets compliment stone-look tile in medium taupe to infuse this model home with natural beauty while refreshing punches of lime and yellow contrast wisely against a background of white and earthy hues. We even brought the outdoors in by adorning living spaces with wallpaper featuring picked-from-nature patterns.