15 Design Trends From the '90s We're Totally Digging Right Now

Feeling nostalgic? Relive the 90's with these interior design favorites that set the stage for the many of the looks we love today.

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This week's highly anticipated Netflix release of the new original series Fuller House — a revamp of my all time favorite sitcom, Full House — has me reminiscing about '90s design. From the graphic colors and patterns to the neutral Japanese-inspired spaces that defined the latter part of the decade, '90s home decor was oh-so-innovative and unknowingly paved the way for many of the looks we love today. If you're feeling a little nostalgic, check out these modern takes on our favorite design trends from (gulp) more than 20 years ago.

Pops of Saturated Color

Original Art Backsplash From Sarah Sees Potential

Original Art Backsplash From Sarah Sees Potential

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Sarah Sees Potential

Photo by: Stacey Brandford

Stacey Brandford

An offshoot of the late '80s bright neon hues, playful, graphic pops of super-saturated primary colors were an early '90s staple. Today, these bold pigments can be found in trendy, color-blocked rooms, eclectic accent pieces and more. Here, designer Sarah Richardson added a fresh, contemporary feel to an otherwise simple all-white kitchen with a colorful, graffiti-inspired backsplash.

Geometric Accents

Geometric Shelving Unit in Bold Orange

Geometric Shelving Unit in Bold Orange

Photo by: Kate Maloney Albiani

Kate Maloney Albiani

Also a late '80s carryover trend, edgy geometric-print wallpaper, rugs, bedding and more were dominant in the early part of the decade. This trend has held its own over the years and can still be found in bold accent pieces like this fun Aztec-inspired throw pillow and orange geometric bookshelf from Kate Maloney Albiani.

Knotty Pine

Floating House: Great Room and Kitchen

Floating House: Great Room and Kitchen

Photo by: Matthew Millman

Matthew Millman

Although dark hardwood has reigned supreme the last few years, its blonde counterpart is making a comeback in a big way. Designer Robert Nebolon infused this streamlined modern home with warm natural wood floors, a wood fireplace surround and a fresh mix of light wicker and live-edge furniture. The HGTV crew loved it so much, they named it the overall winner of HGTV's 2015 Fresh Faces of Design.

Pastels

Eclectic Living Room With Pastel Color Palette

Eclectic Living Room With Pastel Color Palette

When paired with bright neons or rich jewel tones, these cool '90s hues are super hot. Not convinced? Pantone chose a blend of two pretty pastels — Rose Quartz and Serenity — as their 2016 Color(s) of the Year.  

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A Pop of Pink

Darker Pastel Shades

Photo By: Mark Lohman (Styled by Liz Strong)

Let the Accessories Do the Talking

Photo By: Photography by Jim Bastardo

A Touch of Whimsy

Open and Airy

Long-Term Versatility

Pops of Pastel

Photo By: Mark Lohman (Styled by Liz Strong)

Lavender Dreams

Mix and Match

The Right Way to Use Neutrals

Green With Envy

A Bold Pair

The Proof is in the Pattern

Lavender Fields

Photo By: Julia Lynn ©Julia Lynn Photography

Primaries and Pastels

Brass Accents

Traditional Eat-In Kitchen With Blue Accents From Sarah Sees Potential

Traditional Eat-In Kitchen With Blue Accents From Sarah Sees Potential

And

Sarah Sees Potential

Photo by: Stacey Brandford Photography

Stacey Brandford Photography

The shiny brass fixtures of the '90s paved the way for the warm metal accents we love today. In this traditional kitchen, weathered antique brass adds charm and contrast to this blue and white space.

Accessorize With Metallics

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The Beauty in Bronze

Stay Grounded

Flashy Lights

Spray It On

Gold Accent Wall

Mix and Match

Spruce Up Small Spaces

Vintage Gold Glass Bottles

From: Erinn Valencich

Silver End Table

Keep It Cohesive

Over-the-Top Dining

Gold + Glass

Metallics and Patterns

Copper With Neutrals

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Let There Be Light

Just Add Black

Spread the Love

Natural Light Reflection

Brass Bed Frame

Gild the Walls

Track Lighting

Eclectic Crafts Room With Turquoise Booksehlf

Eclectic Crafts Room With Turquoise Booksehlf

Photo by: Abby Hetherington

Abby Hetherington

This industrial trend gained popularity in the early '90s and has been going strong ever since. Today, track lights run the gamut from slim and chic varieties to bold and utilitarian types like the ones found in this eclectic Abby Hetherington design.

White Kitchens

Breathtaking Kitchen With Lantern Pendants

Breathtaking Kitchen With Lantern Pendants

Photo by: Julie Dodson

Julie Dodson

We loved them then and we love them now. These minimalistic, all-white spaces caught on just before the middle of the decade as the popularity of bold primary colors began to wane. This clean look is still a top choice in modern kitchen design with classic, practical materials like white marble countertops and white subway tile at the helm.

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Have Fun With Furniture

Photo By: David Tsay

Rustic + Reclaimed

Just a Twist of Citrus

Photo By: Keller + Keller (Styled by Karin Olsen)

Cottage + Contemporary = Lots of Charm

Tile-Riffic Accent Wall

Photo By: Trevor Dixon (styled by Karin Olsen)

Freshen Up With Fabric

Counting on Contrasts

Photo By: David Tsay (styled by Liz Strong)

A Tropical Island

Photo By: Mark Lohman (Styled by Liz Strong)

White: Historically On-Trend

Photo By: Victoria Pearson

Pop In Some Color

Photo By: Photo by Eric Piasecki; Katie Ridder Rooms, 2011. Used with permission from The Vendome Press.

Ground It With Gray

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

Vintage Meets Modern

Family-Friendly Hangout

©Lisa Romerein

Vern's Happy Family Hub

Photo By: Todd Douglas- Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Candice's Take on a White Kitchen

Small but Mighty

Pinterest Has Spoken: Your Fave White Kitchen

Rustic + Industrial

Photo By: HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC

Small Space With Big Design Ideas

Photo By: Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Sarah's Kid-Friendly Kitchen

Photo By: Bjorn Wallander

Beachy Chic

Old Meets New

Clever Small Kitchen

Salvaged Style

Candy Colored Kitchen

Photo By: Trevor Dixon (styled by Matthew Gleason)

Blast From the Past

Fun Focal Point

Marble: The New "It" Stone

A Star Designer's Real-Life Kitchen

Subdued Sophistication

Vintage Vibe

Black + White = Classic Contrast

Clean and Simple

Coastal Color Cues

Customized Cabinets

Create Contrast

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Cozy Cottage Style

From: Jane Ellison

Mix It Up

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

Storage on Display

Photo By: Photography by Laura Moss; styling by Gina Provenzano

Room With A View

Mixed-Up Cabinets

Big City Digs

Sarah's Cottage Charmer

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

A Pale Palette

Victorian Meets the Modern Age

Clean and Contemporary

Glitzy Small Kitchen

Old World Style

Photo By: John Bessler

Use Color to Break Up Space

Budget-Savvy DIY

Photo By: Jim Bastardo

Hollywood Glam

From: Erinn Valencich

Foodie-Friendly Kitchen

Modern Farmhouse

Glam on a Budget

A Twist on Traditional

Farmhouse Style

Rustic Bedroom With Fireplace

Rustic Bedroom With Fireplace

Say goodbye to the frilly window valances and floral wallpaper borders of the '90s and say hello to streamlined, modern farmhouse style. Designers such as Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines have transformed this classic trend, infusing charming rustic spaces with streamlined elements for a modern, lived-in look.

Hunter Green

Green and White Eclectic Kitchen With Brass Pendants

Green and White Eclectic Kitchen With Brass Pendants

Photo by: Caitlin McCarthy Design

Caitlin McCarthy Design

This sophisticated hue added a lush, library-esque vibe to late '80s/early '90s homes. We're currently loving an emerald-infused version of this classic green, especially when paired with brass and black-and-white accents like in this chic kitchen from Caitlin McCarthy Designs.

Mauve

Peaceful Master Bedroom Features Plum & Mauve Pillows and Tufted Headboard

Peaceful Master Bedroom Features Plum & Mauve Pillows and Tufted Headboard

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

House of Jade Interiors

Although the all-mauve-everywhere trend is a thing of the past, this pretty purple-pink hue is currently making a splash in the form of accent decor, statement furniture and even wallpaper.

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Tranquil Master Bedroom With Tufted Headboard & Pops of Color

Peaceful Master Bedroom Features Plum & Mauve Pillows and Tufted Headboard

Deep Plum, Mauve & Gray Pillows

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Unique Nightstand in Master Retreat

Bright Pink Upholstered Stools

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Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Master Bedroom Features Deep Blue Chaise & Wood Burning Fireplace

Master Bedroom with Real Wood Fireplace

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Wine-Colored Candle Cases in Master Retreat

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Media Console in Master Suite

Plum Vases

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Master Retreat with Blue Antique Chaise

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Bright Blue Chaise in Master Retreat

Coastal Art in Transitional Bedroom

Patterned Pillows in Master Retreat

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Divine Master Suite With Gray, Tufted Headboard

Pretty Blue Bedside Lamp

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Distressed White Nightstand in Master Retreat

Photo By: House of Jade Interiors

Hallway View of Master Bedroom

Black and White

Black and White Dining Room Features Funky Patterns

Black and White Dining Room Features Funky Patterns

Photo by: Allison Corona Photography

Allison Corona Photography

From Madonna music videos to vintage-style checkered tile flooring, sleek black-and-white designs were so vogue in the early '90s. This Judith Balis dining room offers a fresh, modern take on the classic look by mixing mauve furniture and light wood flooring with fun, patterned wallpaper and a textured black-and-white rug.

Open Shelving

Neutral Living Room Features Fresh Transitional Design

Neutral Living Room Features Fresh Transitional Design

Photo by: Sean Litchfield

Sean Litchfield

Were you in love with Monica Gellar's open kitchen shelves? What about Meg Ryan's book-laden built-ins from You've Got Mail? Open shelving gave many '90s homes an eclectic and cozy flea market-chic vibe that's still very on-trend today.

Decorating Tips for Shelves and Bookcases

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Show Off Your Collections

Put Your Passions on Display

Group Like With Like

Make It Functional

Go Big and Bold

Forget Symmetry and Be Odd

Change the Shelf Height

Vary Accessory Height

From: Erinn Valencich

Stack Books

Add Sparkle and Shine

Photo By: drew-o-rama

Create Layers on Shelves

Photo By: fieryeyed

Keep It Spare and Simple

Photo By: the 10 cent designer

Arrange Books by Color

Vary Book Displays

©Design by Emily Henderson

Mix Art in With Books

From: Luis Caicedo

Display Art in Creative Ways

Look Up and Lock Down

Photo By: ninainvorm

Let There Be Light

From: Luis Caicedo

Floral Print

Floral Sofa in Indigo Living Room

Floral Sofa in Indigo Living Room

Photo by: Fiona Douglas

Fiona Douglas

A far cry from '90s chintz, today's floral-print fabrics are fresh, bold and oh-so pretty. Oversized watercolor flowers make a statement on this contemporary white sofa and are a bright complement to the chic indigo wall paint.

Zen Minimalism

Sleek Spa Bathtub From Sarah Sees Potential

Sleek Spa Bathtub From Sarah Sees Potential

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Sarah Sees Potential

Photo by: Stacey Brandford

Stacey Brandford

Similar to the white kitchen trend, these minimalistic, Japanese-inspired spaces were a welcome deviation from the loud hues and oversized furniture of the early part of the decade. Neutral colors, minimal decor and natural elements, like those found in this chic spa bathroom, are this trend's key components.

Wallpaper

Art Deco Wallpaper

Art Deco Wallpaper

Photo by: Graham and Brown

Graham and Brown

Floral, geometric or country-inspired wallpaper (with borders to match) could be found everywhere in many '90s homes. This trend has once again found its footing but with a whole new look. We're currently digging wallpaper in fun, vintage-inspired prints and colors like this elegant art deco design from Graham & Brown.

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A New Leaf

Photo By: Ferm Living

Diamonds and Deco

Photo By: Graham and Brown

Geometric Beauty

Photo By: Juju Papers

Bird Motifs

Photo By: Yukari Sweeney

Vibrant Design

Photo By: Sherwin-Williams

Purple Color Tones

Photo By: Elli Popp

Metallic Shine

Photo By: Romo

Inspired by Nature

Photo By: Juju Papers

Wallpaper Art

Classic Meets Modern

Photo By: Graham and Brown

Contemporary Influences

Photo By: Juju Papers

Feminine Touches

Photo By: Elli Popp

Classic Black and White

Photo By: Graham and Brown

'60s Inspiration

Into the Woods

Photo By: Ferm Living

Lacey Florals

Photo By: Graham and Brown

Vintage Green

Photo By: Elli Popp

Bundle of Joy

Turning Back Time

Photo By: Courtesy of Graham & Brown

Soft Neutral

Photo By: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

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