Tuesday, 9 June 2009

80s Decor

Wearing stone-washed jeans, big hair and a pastel cardigan with a lace collar, you stood in the middle of your lovely room and admired the:

Flowery wallpaper and flowery dado strip
Chintz and stripes
Pleated coolie-hat lampshades
Swagged pelmets
Tart's knicker blinds
Dried flowers
Miniature straw hats hung on the wall
Corn dollies
Pine, pine, pine
Art involving poppies and wheat
Navy/jade/burgundy/ochre tiles
Plastic tablecloths with kilim print
Palm-tree art
Carpet with diagonal pink and jade splashes (on grey)
Ceiling with diagonal boards.
Bathroom with diagonal tiles.

Mirrors featured largely, and prints by Patrick Nagel. On your glass/bamboo/chrome coffee table was a fibre-optic lamp or a lamp with a hand holding a globe. They've vanished so utterly I can't find a picture of one – if anybody knows a supplier, please tell me!

The 90s weren't much better. Favourite colour combinations for rooms were chrome yellow with French blue, and lilac with mint. Heavy wood furniture and check curtains went with the first; muslin curtains and wrought iron furniture with the second. And there was a terrible rash of swirly designs with that hand-painted look.

More 80s decor here.

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