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The 4 Home Decor Trends From The Past Making A Comeback

The 4 Home Decor Trends From The Past Making A Comeback

Who said design trends had to die with the decade? If anything, they’re appreciated a lot more in modern times owing to the hint of nostalgia associated with them. And, if it made sense once, it could make sense again.

All you need is a designer mindset and you’re good to go!

Here are four home décor trends from the past that are making a much-awaited comeback!

4 Brilliant Decor Trends You Need To Follow

1. Four-Poster Beds

Four poster bed style

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Just because it doesn’t say the 1800s on the calendar anymore doesn’t mean the glorious age of Victorian design is over! If anything, people of a more modern generation tend to appreciate Victorian designs a lot more. Back then, they weren’t really antiques, were they?

A four-poster bed, which is a bed with columns at all four ends of it, is essentially similar to an adult-sized hamper. The posters can hang loose, see-through curtains to allow minimal light to come in at night, and minimal light to come in during the day. Frankly, we’re surprised the idea ever went out of style.

It sounds like it’d make for a great night’s sleep!

How would you incorporate a four-poster bed in your room?

  • Ideally your room needs to be large enough to allow enough space for a four-poster bed. While a bed of the same size would’ve gone unnoticed in a smaller room, a four-poster bed would make the space look smaller. It is, after all, a room within a room.
  • Position the bed opposite a window. If the bed is facing directly against a window, it’ll take in more light and that’ll disrupt its purpose. If it’s positioned against the window, it’ll take in just enough.
  • The theme could either be Victorian, or it could be modern. In the case of the latter, the posts would have to be sturdier and sharper. The curtains would be white, or pastel edging towards white.

What’s the most important thing to consider? Space. A four-poster bed takes up a lot of space as it is, and it might make your room look more claustrophobic.

2. Maximalism

playful and vibrant living room decor

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People were obsessed with bright colors, patterns, and a range of different furnishings and finishing in the twentieth century. The twenty-first century rolled in, and people ditched brighter colors for pastels. Minimalism has been making waves for close to three decades now, but it might just be time to get back into maximalism.

The name gives it away: Maximalism is reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s. It showcases spaces with brighter color schemes, something in every corner of the room, and patterns that wouldn’t traditionally work with one another. We’re talking wiggly lines, polka dots, and a whole lot more.

But the question is: How can you make the most with the most?

  •  Pick a base color and stick to it. Maximalism isn’t inherently about making your space seem obnoxious. It’s about putting in everything you love. To do so, you’ll need to pick a base color or a backdrop for the entire room. Choose bright colors that are somewhat edging towards cooler tones rather than warmer ones. A cool-toned color can be layered on better than a warm-toned one.

Examples: Sky blue, light yellow, and light orange.

  • Pick a secondary color and incorporate it about 30% into your living space. This color doesn’t have to be as light as your base color. It could even contrast against your base color, so long as the base color remains dominant. You could use orange rugs against blue walls, or yellow rugs against pink walls, and so forth.
  • Decorate! Here’s where you let loose. You can decorate as you see fit. This includes having a throw pillow bonanza, furnishings galore, and a whole lot of knick and knacks everywhere.

Here’s something to remember: There’s a fine line between maximalism and hoarding. You need to have enough space for yourself to move about with at least a foot or more distance between things.

3. Freestanding Bathtubs

Cozy freestanding bath tubs

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Put on a movie from the Golden Era and you’ll undoubtedly find a scene where someone is casually sipping a drink while bathing in a freestanding bathtub. The freestanding bathtub was actually a mainstay in many homes back in the 1800s and well into the 1900s, but as homes got smaller, people began to ditch the idea of glamor for sustainability.

But just because you don’t live in a mansion doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the use of a freestanding bathtub. It won’t be in your bathroom, but here’s where you can install one:

  • Break down a few walls to make an open floor plan between your room and your living room. Your freestanding bathtub needs to be away from the kitchen, close to the bathroom, and equidistant to the living room where at least you’ll have a nice view of the television.
  • The pathway between a freestanding bathtub and the bathroom needs to be such that you can simply walk over there when you want without drenching the carpet too much.
  • The bathtub needs to be concealed in a way that it doesn’t stick out but is there at the right place for when you need to unwind. You might want to consider a faux wall.

A freestanding bathtub screams luxury, and with the right tricks up your sleeve, you can live a life of glamor on a budget!

4. House Plants

living room with pendant lamp and plants

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To be fair, houseplants never really went out of fashion. They were just minimized, as most things were. House plants had more room in the earlier years of the twenty-first century with balconies completely covered with plants, and living rooms having more than just a few potted plants.

Today, most of those plants are either fake or just placed strategically to give a room that necessary earthy vibe. But why stop at one potted plant when you can have a ton more of them?

  • Don’t pile the plants in one corner of the room. Not only is that not feasible for the plants that would want to grow, but you’ll also realize it throws the whole room off.
  •  Incorporate more than one kind of plant. You could go for a few cacti, a few flowering plants, and even different shades of green in your plants.
  • Space the plants out evenly round the window. Ideally, all of your plants need to be at a safe distance from the window. Place plants that require less light further away, and those that require more of it closer to the window.

Remember: Houseplants are, however, a huge responsibility. Make sure you take care of them as well as you would a pet. There’s nothing uglier than a withering plant in your living room!


Design trends are coming back and this time they’re staying for longer! What are some of your favorite design trends of the past? Visit Light Vault for more design inspiration and a catalog of lighting elements that’d go great with them!