The ’70s saw avocado-green refrigerators, “harvest gold” stoves, and floral wallpaper. While these colors were aging by the 1980s, the blue and dusty rose they replaced wasn’t necessarily an improvement.
Anyone who remembers the ’70s and ’80s will likely remember the decorating disasters of those decades. Decor trends come and go, and these trends can be tracked using search numbers on social media platforms. Instagram has an estimated 1.8 billion users worldwide, making it a viable way to discover the most popular trends.
RubyHomes Real Estate analyzed Instagram trends. The first hit is the “Farmhouse” theme, with over 4.8 million posts on that social media platform.
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The farmhouse trend includes simple, clean lines with elements of rustic architecture, using natural colors that emphasize form and function. Star Furniture says farmhouse style “prioritizes practicality, simplicity, and rustic charm.”
The country direction is in second place on the list. He has more than 4.7 million shares on Instagram. The rustic trend “is based on early settlers across the United States who made their homes away from the cities during the 19th century,” says Rashia Drake, writing for the Home Interior Design Styles blog. This style includes warm primary colors with muted accents, pewter, iron, brass, or brass, and simple plaid decor.
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The neutral decor scheme comes in at number three with 2.9 million shares on Instagram. According to Lighting & Furniture Decor, it embraces, as the name suggests, warm, neutral hues, including beiges, browns, and “toasted” hues.
Gone are the forest green walls of the 1980s. Instead, homeowners opt for light beige or cream walls, topping one wall with wallpaper or other wall coverings. “Comfort” is the word for this trend and includes comfortable sofas and chairs.
In keeping with current trends in neutrals, practical, and comfy, the “Hygge” trend is in fourth place with 2.39 million shares on Instagram. Merriam-Webster defines the Danish word as “a comforting quality that makes a person feel comfortable and satisfied.”
The word is related to the English word “hug,” so it makes sense that it would include comfortable furniture and accessories, such as fluffy throws, fluffy pillows, and candles. It’s also a forward neutral, like the other Directions at the top of the list. If the atmosphere is relaxing and produces a sense of coziness and warmth, it is hygge.
Elegant chic décor takes the top five spots on the list with 2.374 million searches. Again, the name of the game is comfort. This trend includes vintage looks, clean designs, and a brighter color palette than other trends. According to Wilson & Dorset, pastel colors, including blues, greens, pinks, or yellows, are popular in this style, with darker colors as accents.
Retro is back in style
Although mid-century modern comes in at number eight with only 923,381 searches, it’s probably one of the more popular styles. Those who remember it the first time around and Mad Men fans know it right away.
Renee Eurdolian, an interior designer from Fernish, told The Spruce, “Although shades of brown, gray, and white are a big part of MCM’s style, just as important are colorful accents like orange, mustard yellow, red, and shades of green, etc..”
Rolled-arm sofas, TV stands with sliding doors, and Formica dining sets with tubular metal frames are all integral pieces in the mid-century modern trend.
Although the neoclassical trend is last style on the list, with only 4,073 searches, it’s considered a viable decorating style. Decorilla says this style emphasizes horizontal and vertical lines, classic furniture, artwork, and architectural details.
It’s a traditional style, finding its roots in the backlash against the extravagant Rococo style in 18th-century Europe, which may explain why it’s so unpopular now.
Trends and styles ebb and flow with the times, whether in cars, clothing, or décor. Social media makes it easy to keep up with everything that is hot and trending.