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.

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

As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential , designer Sarah Richardson added color to an all-white kitchen with a unique backsplash made from a piece of original modern artwork — a photo of graffiti in the Paris Metro.

From: 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

A bright orange shelving unit with a geometric design displays an assortment of accessories, brining personality to this living room. The unit's bold orange hue pairs nicely with the vibrant purple throw and royal blue curtains.

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

The saw-tooth roof design and the low-slung furniture makes this great room feel open and spacious. Open metal shelves suspended from the kitchen ceiling eliminate wall cabinets--this allows for more windows and a more open feeling everywhere. The open metal work of the pot rack, the windows and the bar stools create a light, airy feeling.

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.


Eclectic Living Room With Pastel Color Palette

Eclectic Living Room With Pastel Color Palette

Discover a unique color palette through the accessories in your home. Designer Fawn Galli's living room, with a pastel palette of pink and green, was inspired by a pair of ikat drapes from Cambodia.

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

Pistachio-colored wallpaper paired with punches of hot pink, ballet pink, fuchsia and lemon yellow make this nursery fun yet sophisticated. But this color combo isn't just for babes. Switch out the crib for a bed and you'll have a stylish room any grownup would envy.

Darker Pastel Shades

Darker shades of pastels are perfect for more "adult" spaces, like this color-saturated breakfast area. Designer Liz Strong pairs this teal tablecloth and thistle-purple sofa with darker teal bamboo chairs, creating a more updated pastel palette. See more photos of this bright space from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Mark Lohman (Styled by Liz Strong)

Let the Accessories Do the Talking

Do you want the pastel look but don't have the energy to paint? Mixing accessories in a variety of soft and bold hues is a great way to achieve the look in a neutral room. This light purple living room from HGTV Magazine is complete with additions of pastel and jewel-toned pillows, vases and artwork. See more photos of this bright space.

Photo By: Photography by Jim Bastardo

A Touch of Whimsy

In this colorful farmhouse kitchen, carved accents are highlighted by pastel blue cabinets and a jewel-toned subway tile backsplash. Designer Meg Caswell finishes the look with a sleek glass-topped island in another coordinating shade of blue -- teal!

Open and Airy

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn gives this small living room an open look and feel with pale blue wall paint, furniture, drapes and throw pillows. For added dimension, soft pink tulips and hot pink roses add punches of natural color to the space.

Long-Term Versatility

The great thing about pastels is their versatility. Even though this soft-hued nursery is accentuated by youthful hot pinks and bright blues, it can be easily transformed to suit the needs of a growing child simply by switching out the accessories. There's no need to repaint!

Pops of Pastel

Pops of rich pastels, like these teal throw pillows and this plum sofa, are beautifully contrasted with hints of aquamarine and neon orange. When set against a neutral backdrop, this color palette creates a warm and inviting space. See more photos of this bright space from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Mark Lohman (Styled by Liz Strong)

Lavender Dreams

Not only does the scent of lavender promote sleep, but so does the color … or at least it does in this comfy purple bedroom. Designer Carey Karlan creates a sweet and simple sleep spot by combining vivid yellow-green and turquoise accents with soft purple walls.

Mix and Match

Use accessories to inspire your design. This eclectic sitting area was built around the pair of patterned, pastel drapes that designer Fawn Galli found in Cambodia. Additions of neon, primary and neutral tones give the room a fresh and interesting edge.

The Right Way to Use Neutrals

Lilac-hued walls are a beautiful backdrop for neutral accessories. The camel-colored headboard, lampshade and wall canvases in this contemporary bedroom hold their own among bright splashes of blue, green, orange and purple.

Green With Envy

Don't be afraid to go overboard with color in your space. In this contemporary living room, designer Alisha Gwen balances yellow-green walls with chairs and curtains in a darker shade of the same hue. This same technique can be applied to any pastel color you choose. And don't forget to add pops of bright pigment, like these bubblegum pink pillows, to complete the look.

A Bold Pair

Pastels shouldn't always play backup. In this luxe spa-like bathroom, Caribbean-inspired blue-green walls complement the sweet apple-green vanity. This color combo is fresh and relaxing when paired with a white quartz countertop and a Carrera marble shower.

The Proof is in the Pattern

Fun fabric patterns are a great way to add interest to a pastel space. In this soft teal living and dining area, large-scale floral-patterned dining chairs create a rich focal point. The chairs' light cyan hue is repeated subtly throughout the space to create a gorgeous pastel color scheme that isn't monotonous.

Lavender Fields

This purple dining area takes on a modern monochromatic color scheme with velvet chairs, Roman shades and a round pendant. For contrast, designer Angie Hranowsky inserts a turquoise vase and pink print.

Photo By: Julia Lynn ©Julia Lynn Photography

Primaries and Pastels

Pair bold primaries, like red and blue, with soft pastels for a chic and contemporary design. Red armchairs and royal blue accents make an unexpected yet striking statement in this pastel green living area.

Brass Accents

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

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

As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential , designer Sarah Richardson removed a wall between a cramped kitchen and extra bonus room in this century-old home to build a gorgeous, roomy eat-in kitchen stocked with modern amenities. The original kitchen was completed gutted to make room for custom white cabinets, a subway tile backsplash, an enormous island with attached dining table, and stainless steel appliances. Oiled-finished wood flooring and brass accents complete the room's traditional, antique look.

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.

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The Beauty in Bronze

Metallic accessories can completely change the look of a space. Julie Thigpen didn’t want to overdo it, so she decided to go with only a few metallic touches in different finishes. "Vintage gold and brass are making a comeback in home decor. The gold- leaf end table, brass metal ball and sunburst mirror tie the whole room together while adding a touch of glamour," she says.

Stay Grounded

Pairing metallics with natural fibers creates a glamorous look without feeling overdone. The key, says designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors, is to incorporate organic elements with a variety of metallic finishes. For a client who wanted to dress up her dining room for a holiday party, Powell added lustrous gold chargers, timeless china dishes and heirloom silver to an otherwise neutral palette. Photo courtesy of Erika Powell

Flashy Lights

Copper is one of the newest metallic trends. Camilla Molders installed decorative copper pendant lights in the dining room for an easy way to add interest to the space. Bold red chairs and a blue accent wall enhance the lights, bringing a polished yet dramatic look.

Spray It On

Metallic spray paint is perfect for sprucing up an inexpensive wreath, which can hang year round in the kitchen or take center stage on the front door for a New Year's Eve celebration. In this case, the contrast of rich gold against a rustic brick backsplash brings a touch of whimsy and sparkle to an otherwise neutral space. For the most dramatic effect, "remember to only bring metallics into your home in small doses," says Powell. Photo courtesy of Erika Powell

Gold Accent Wall

This bedroom proves decorating with gold isn't too dramatic. The vintage brass chandelier and light- gold headboard soften the graphic wallpaper. Camilla kept everything else white, including the rest of the walls, so the space feels light and relaxing.

Mix and Match

"It's a common mistake that you can't mix your metallics," says Cassandra LaValle of design firm Coco+Kelley. For her bedroom, LaValle selected brass hardware for her furnishings, a pair of hammered nickel lamps and a muted gold "For Like Ever" poster. She then painted her walls a deep gray and used crisp white and black as accents, to allow the metals to pop. Photo courtesy of Brandon Sawaya

Spruce Up Small Spaces

For Kirsten Grove of design blog Simply Grove, metallics should be incorporated into the home in unexpected ways. "Add a bright gold picture frame in with a cluster of traditional black or white or mix a silver pillow in with a bunch of colored fabrics," suggests Grove. For her living room, she spiced up a classic-meets-modern space with a statement-making side table. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Grove

Vintage Gold Glass Bottles

Not sure about adding metallics to your decor? Give it a try by painting vintage glass bottles to create a small bedroom vignette. You may be surprised how well metallic goes with other color palettes, like this navy and white one. Design by Erinn Valencich

From: Erinn Valencich

Silver End Table

If you have an old end table that doesn't work with your living room's new design, update it with a little spray paint. Kirsten Grove painted her table silver to complement the soft floral pattern on the wingback chair. Decorating with white accessories will enhance metallic furniture.

Keep It Cohesive

For a touch of glam in a living room or bedroom, Julie Thigpen of design firm Modern Chic Home suggests approaching the task as if picking out jewelry: "The right piece should complete your look," not compete with it. She used shimmery capiz shells to separate a client's seating area from the adjacent office and placed a gold sculpture on top of a metallic framed cocktail table. Like a chain-mail necklace or statement ring, both pieces complemented an otherwise classic room without competing for attention. Photo courtesy of Julie Thigpen

Over-the-Top Dining

Accessorizing with metallics doesn't necessarily mean through small items. If you want to make a huge impact, consider incorporating it into your furniture. The eye is immediately drawn to this gold log table base, while the rest of the room is done in neutral so it doesn't take away from the piece. Photo courtesy of Phillips Collection

Gold + Glass

For a subtle approach when decorating with metallics, go for lighter gold tones combined with glass. Camilla chose a gold coffee table and end tables with glass tops for a feminine touch, while the dark color tones in the furniture balance the space.

Metallics and Patterns

A simple metallic embellishment goes a long way. Julie placed this antique gold urchin on a small vignette for the right amount of glimmer. "Matte gold really stands out when juxtaposed with bright colors," she says.

Copper With Neutrals

A copper kitchen hood has a timeless look that won't go out of style as you change your kitchen’s decor. Kitchen Cousins hosts Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri chose black-and-white cabinets and countertops and paired them with a bold copper hood. The copper hood coordinates with many different styles, whether it's contemporary or traditional.

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Let There Be Light

If you're ready to incorporate metallics into your home on a grander scale, consider wall treatments. "Try a wallpaper pattern that has a low sheen," says Thigpen. "It gives the room depth and interest without being over the top." Case in point: the graphic paper she chose for a client's home office. The matte finish keeps the space from feeling too flashy and lightens up a dark and narrow interior. Photo courtesy of Julie Thigpen

Just Add Black

For serious drama, nothing creates more impact than high-contrast gold on black. "I'm crazy for metallics paired with black for jaw-dropping sex appeal," says Maryam Montague, owner of boutique hotel Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech. Montague hired Melanie Royals of Modello Designs to hand-paint one wall using three different types of metallic paint to give the design more depth. Inspired by a screen that Jeanne Lanvin had in his Paris apartment, the wall provides a backdrop to the room's dark and lustrous color scheme. Photo courtesy of Maryam Montague

Spread the Love

Incorporating metallic accents from one space to the next creates a sense of continuity. Montague relies on ethnic gold and brass accessories from her travels to bring a shot of sparkle to each room at Peacock Pavilions. "I love mixing in small metallic items to tablescapes and bookshelves," says Montague. Photo courtesy of Maryam Montague

Natural Light Reflection

Incorporating metallic accessories is a must when you have vast windows. Dawna Jones placed a large metal bowl in the center of this dining room table, so natural light bounces off of it. This creates the illusion of a larger room.

Brass Bed Frame

Brass accents are seen throughout Sarah Richardson's farmhouse. The bed frame anchors the lively patterns and colors, which bring the room to life without being too bold.

Gild the Walls

"If I had my way, everything would be enveloped in gold," says Roseline Lohr, editor of design and lifestyle blog {this is glamorous}. If go big or go home is your motto, consider hiring a professional to revive your moldings with gold paint. The technique injects instant regality to any space, though it's not for the faint at heart. Photo courtesy of Roseline Lohr

Track Lighting

Eclectic Crafts Room With Turquoise Booksehlf

Eclectic Crafts Room With Turquoise Booksehlf

Track lighting is perfect for performing tasks around the large crafts table, while a built-in bookcase stores supplies, books and art work.

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

Mediterranean-style pendants above the marble-topped island yield a visual tension that balances classic beauty with exotic charm.

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

Furniture is a great way to inject a little color into an otherwise all-white kitchen. For her own kitchen, designer and homeowner Bailey McCarthy chose 1950s diner-style barstools upholstered with bright blue vinyl to add just the right amount of pop. Take a tour of her colorful home.  

Photo By: David Tsay

Rustic + Reclaimed

Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines is a genius when it comes to finding creative uses for found materials. Here, she upcycles the timeworn wood flooring from an old rail car to create a durable wood-slab countertop for this kitchen's massive island. See more photos of this charming home's transformation.

Just a Twist of Citrus

A trio of pendants, clad in kicky orange silk, brighten up this kitchen's 10-foot-long marble-topped island. More pops of orange come courtesy of dishware displayed in the glass-front cabinets and a playful Osborne & Little Roman shade in the adjacent breakfast nook. Learn more about this cheery chef's kitchen.

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

Cottage + Contemporary = Lots of Charm

Designer Sarah Richardson gives this compact, open-concept kitchen a cheery feeling with pops of turquoise on the upper cabinets and island. White quartz countertops clad the island waterfall-style to modernize the look while a diamond-patterned Carrara marble backsplash adds timeless style.  

Tile-Riffic Accent Wall

Hand-poured cement tiles cover the back wall of this cheery open-concept cook space, that was featured in HGTV Magazine. At around $35/square foot, covering an entire wall with the durable, handmade tiles can be a bit pricey. To get a similar look for less, opt for a large-scale graphic wallpaper. 

Photo By: Trevor Dixon (styled by Karin Olsen)

Freshen Up With Fabric

Graphic tile isn't the only way to add color and pattern; fabric is a budget-friendly solution that can be easily switched out to update your kitchen's look on the fly. Here, a custom, arched Roman shade adds privacy and light control to this chef's kitchen.  

Counting on Contrasts

Custom features like handblown spherical glass pendants and a rough-hewn rosewood table act as counterpoint to this sleek kitchen's otherwise Modern aesthetic. The colors are also in high contrast with white base cabinets and countertop paired with dark European-inspired melamine uppers. Learn more about this kitchen featured in HGTV Magazine

Photo By: David Tsay (styled by Liz Strong)

A Tropical Island

While the saturated turquoise shade that homeowner Michelle Bader chose for her kitchen island may be a little too intense for some, it's pitch-perfect in her open-concept cook space. Painting just your kitchen island in a bright color is a great trick for adding interest to an all-white kitchen — and it's easy to repaint if your design tastes change. Tour the rest of Michelle's colorful home.

Photo By: Mark Lohman (Styled by Liz Strong)

White: Historically On-Trend

White's dominance as the preferred kitchen color is nothing new, as this 1930s Magic Chef stove can attest. Not just a trending color for kitchen cabinets, countertops and backsplashes, white appliances are also surging in popularity with homeowners wishing to add a vintage vibe via throwback appliance brands like Smeg and Big Chill. See more of this home, that was feature in HGTV Magazine

Photo By: Victoria Pearson

Pop In Some Color

If your existing white kitchen just needs a little pick-me-up, take a cue from designer Katie Ridder and turn to budget-friendly paint for the fix. She painted just the mullions, but not the window frame, in a cheery apple green then put a few matching pieces of green dishware on display in the glass-front cabinets. Get 9 more budget-savvy kitchen update ideas.

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

Ground It With Gray

To break up the banks of white cabinetry in their remodeled kitchen, the Boettiger family painted the base cabinets a steely gray: Cityscape by Sherwin Williams. Switching up the cabinet colors gives even the most traditional kitchen a more contemporary look. If painting all the base cabinets feels overwhelming, start with just the island; you can always paint the remaining cabinets later if you like the look. Get more of the Boettiger's tips for remodeling your kitchen

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

Vintage Meets Modern

A white kitchen doesn't have to be all white. Here, designer Andrea Schumacher swapped upper cabinets for just two small shelves so the fanciful floral wallpaper is the star. For contrast, she chose an emerald green tone from the wallpaper to paint the kitchen's island.

Family-Friendly Hangout

The kitchen is much more than just a place to prep food, it's the hub of family activity and a place where memories are made. This charming kitchen featured in HGTV Magazine proves that a bright, white color scheme and the right layout can make even a small kitchen feel more spacious. Browse photos and learn more about this small-but-mighty kitchen.

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Vern's Happy Family Hub

Orange accents, in the curtains and accessories, add a spicy kick to the otherwise gray and white kitchen in Vern's family getaway. By sticking with just one saturated shade as an accent, Vern added a lot of interest to the small, open-concept kitchen without making the space feel too busy or crowded.

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Candice's Take on a White Kitchen

Known for her super luxe, traditional spaces, design diva Candice Olson focused on function as well as form when designing this long galley-style kitchen for a busy family of four. She chose white wall cabinets to keep the space bright but decided on a dark stain for the island to break things up. Gray, gold and black linoleum floor tiles add a playful touch and echo the colors found in the glass tile backsplash.

Small but Mighty

Dark gray stone floors ground this white open-concept kitchen that gets a happy pop of color via sunny yellow draperies and accessories. Design by Sarah Richardson.

Pinterest Has Spoken: Your Fave White Kitchen

By far, the most popular kitchen on our Pinterest board, this cottage-style charmer has HGTV fans dreaming of installing a farmhouse sink, Calacatta marble countertops and traditional white cabinets in their own kitchens.

Rustic + Industrial

Another Pinterest fan fave, this charming kitchen by Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines blends her signature rustic, farmhouse style with industrial accents in the pendant lighting and Tolix barstools. See more of this once-derelict home's transformation, featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC

Small Space With Big Design Ideas

The black-and-white handmade tile backsplash in this small kitchen makes a big design statement. Rather than sticking with a smaller pattern, homeowners Kim Cornelison and Alfie Ferreyra went bold and chose the large-scale graphic that resembles wallpaper but the cement tiles provide a slick surface that wipes clean. Browse more pics of this kitchen that was featured in HGTV Magazine.  

Photo By: Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Sarah's Kid-Friendly Kitchen

Even with two young daughters who love to bake, designer Sarah Richardson chose white for her own kitchen. The doors are louvered, which adds to the space's cottage feel, but can make them tougher to keep clean. The key is to choose an oil-based paint for the most durable finish.

Photo By: Bjorn Wallander

Beachy Chic

With a mosaic backsplash that's reminiscent of fish scales and cheery splashes of turquoise throughout, it will come as no surprise that this kitchen is at the coast. The watery palette was inspired by unobstructed views of the Gulf visible from the adjacent family room. Although this home is used as a rental, the owners spared no expense when choosing finishes like quartz countertops complemented by a black walnut prep area at the far end of the kitchen's massive island.

Old Meets New

This Charleston, SC kitchen is big on historic charm but the space's unique dimensions (the 150+ year old original plaster ceiling is over 16 feet high) and the owner's desire to preserve the home's original architecture made fitting a modern kitchen with all the amenities into an 1851 townhouse difficult for designer Brian Reiss. The homeowner frequently entertains large groups and needed plenty of storage but the kitchen's layout allowed for only one wall of cabinets so Brian's solution was to create custom cabinets that stretch nearly to the ceiling. Framed, Shaker-style doors and bronze fixtures marry the white cabinets to the home's traditional style.

Clever Small Kitchen

You can never have too much storage space — especially in the kitchen. While it's true that white makes a small kitchen appear larger, cleverly working in storage wherever possible — like this shallow undercabinet shelf will make the most of the space you have.

Salvaged Style

An island clad in reclaimed barn wood boards adds an interesting twist to this otherwise sleek kitchen. Designer Sarah Richardson chose the weathered boards for their texture and variations in color then had them installed in a herringbone pattern that coordinates with the same pattern in the tile backsplash.

Candy Colored Kitchen

Saturated shades were definitely on the menu when homeowners Amy and Michael Cohen decided to completely revamp their 1920s-era kitchen. A green slate floor grounds the open space while primary colors in the kitchen's island and accessories add a playful pop. Another fun touch is the art installation — what looks like mosaic tile is actually thousands of colorful plastic bread-bag tabs suspended in Plexiglass. See more of this happy hued home that was featured in HGTV Magazine.  

Photo By: Trevor Dixon (styled by Matthew Gleason)

Blast From the Past

Designer Regina Bilotta delivered on this family's wish for a spacious, modern kitchen with a fun '50s flair. She started with the refurbished Chambers stove then incorporated other vintage touches, like the floor that was custom painted to resemble harlequin-style floor tiles then distressed for an aged look.

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Fun Focal Point

To ensure the vintage apple green stove remains the kitchen's focal point, designer Regina Bilotta ditched the original plan of dark, stained kitchen cabinets, deciding to paint them a bright white instead.

Marble: The New "It" Stone

Elegant and timeless, marble kitchen countertops and backsplashes have been growing in popularity over the past few years. Unlike darker stone choices — like granite, slate or soapstone — creamy Carrara or Calacatta marble, used here, help to bounce the light around, making a white kitchen feel even brighter and more airy.

A Star Designer's Real-Life Kitchen

Although Linda Woodrum may not quite be a household name, you're probably familiar with her work: Linda is the genius designer behind our HGTV Dream Homes. From coastal hideaways to mountain-top lodges, she's designed them all. Ever wondered what choices a real-life design star makes when creating their own kitchen? Well, wonder no more — check out Linda's all-white kitchen and get her tips.

Subdued Sophistication

As fans of her shows can attest, Sarah Richardson's style may shift from season to season but one thing stays the same: her unerring ability to create classic, timeless spaces. This kitchen is a prime example, Sarah typically chooses bold, bright colors and fabrics with lots of pattern but she kept it simple in this space that pairs traditional white cabinets with a soft gray island and neutral fabrics.

Vintage Vibe

This newly built beach house gets a dose of cottage charm with a pale palette and vintage finds — like antique milk glass ceiling fixtures and vases — used throughout. Design by Joel Snayd.

Black + White = Classic Contrast

Designer Susan Anthony chose a black tile backsplash, installed in a timeless herringbone pattern, to contrast beautifully with this kitchen's white cabinets. Black and white really are a no-fail combo; mix in a bright color using accessories, like Susan did here with the lime green tray.

Clean and Simple

A white-on-white palette is just right for this open-concept kitchen. Designer Lauren Muse chose to apply clear glass tile over white mortar and creamy Carrara marble countertops for a chic, monochromatic look.

Coastal Color Cues

White wall and base cabinets create a bright background to this beachy kitchen's eye-catching island. The watery color palette was inspired by the home's location — near the beach in Jacksonville, Fla.

Customized Cabinets

Designer Sarah Richardson is always one to think outside the box. Here, rather than leave the doors on all the cabinets, she removed just one set so her vintage white dishware is within easy reach.

Create Contrast

Custom navy display cases frame out the entrance to this Old-World-inspired kitchen by Candelaria Design. Painting the woodwork in this dark hue, rather than standard high-gloss white, draws attention to the cases themselves and makes the white kitchen beyond feel even brighter by comparison.

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Cozy Cottage Style

If you're worried that a white kitchen can't feel cozy then this stunner, inspired by an English cottage kitchen, is here to prove that they can. Designer Jane Ellison mixed high-end materials like African bubinga wood with eco-friendly cork flooring and simple Shaker-style cabinets to create this kitchen's right-at-home feel.

From: Jane Ellison

Mix It Up

To give a kitchen with stock cabinets a custom look, designer Sarah Richardson mixed together three different types of cabinets: glass front, painted and sleek white. The green base cabinets brighten up the kitchen and keep the space from looking too monochromatic. See more of Sarah's kitchen design recipes.

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

Storage on Display

Professional caterer Peter Callahan certainly knows a trick or two about keeping a kitchen organized. When remodeling the kitchen in his 1920s home, he combined salvaged elements, like these shelves found at a junk store for around $300, with new pieces like the black IKEA island. See more of Peter's pro-grade home kitchen.

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

Room With A View

The designers at Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd. chose to open up this sunny kitchen to the neighboring living areas with a long open pass-through instead of hanging upper cabinets which would have closed in the space.

Mixed-Up Cabinets

This eclectic kitchen by designer Rebekah Zaveloff features concrete countertops, a mosaic glass tile backsplash and a mix of cabinet styles — frosted glass, maple and white — for a custom, one-of-a-kind look.

Big City Digs

This galley-style NYC apartment kitchen proves that white cabinets can help even a tight space feel larger. Glass-front cabinets showcase favorite dishes and reflect light from the large window while an antique Persian rug provides style underfoot and a pop of pattern and color.

Sarah's Cottage Charmer

In keeping with the home's original 1885 farmhouse style, designer Sarah Richardson chose new kitchen elements — like cabinets and energy-efficient appliances — that would blend well with period touches like the rustic tin pendants over the island. For added charm, she also hit salvage stores to find items like the turned newel post used to support one corner of the breakfast bar.

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

A Pale Palette

Always one to mix styles and materials in the kitchen, designer Sarah Richardson mixed colors here as well, choosing to paint the wall and base cabinets white then making the island a focal point with cheery robin's egg blue. The ceiling, painted a lighter shade of blue, ties in the island while making the white cabinets really pop.

Victorian Meets the Modern Age

Designer Rebekah Zaveloff mixed old with new to keep this kitchen true to the home's Victorian architecture. She lined the glass-front cabinets with high-end damask wallpaper as a nod to turn-of-the-century style then added industrial-style lighting and steel stools to bring this timeless kitchen into the new millenium.

Clean and Contemporary

A gray peninsula with waterfall-style quartz countertop provides seating space for three sleek lucite stools while partially dividing the kitchen into separate prep zones.

Glitzy Small Kitchen

Fashion and interior design blogger Nicole Cohen combined two passions when remodeling her apartment kitchen by installing on-trend white lacquer cabinets accented by jewelry-like bronze and brass Hicks pendants over the Calacatta marble bar. A stainless steel tile backsplash adds a mirror-like effect making the bright kitchen feel even more bright and airy.

Old World Style

This Arts and Crafts style-inspired kitchen by Austin Patterson Disston Architects is luxurious to say the least. Custom features and high-end fixtures were used throughout but the kitchen's real star is the massive burled wood island that was even plumbed to include a small prep sink.

Photo By: John Bessler

Use Color to Break Up Space

A kitchen this large allows designers to really get creative with the layout as designer Kari Arendsen has here by wrapping the walls in white cabinets then creating a huge L-shaped island to provide prep space and a spot for the family to gather for quick meals. The island's steely blue color helps to anchor the space and breaks up what otherwise would have been a lot of white cabinets.

Budget-Savvy DIY

If you're a fan of the popular Young House Love blog, this cozy kitchen is already a familiar sight. If not, it's the result of four months of DIY labor by the blog's husband and wife team. Their updates include white wall shelves made from hardware store lumber and brackets and a peninsula they constructed then topped with quartz, leaving an overhang so it could also function as a breakfast bar.

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Hollywood Glam

LA-based designer Erinn Valencich is no stranger to the glamorous side of tinsel town. As a favorite designer to young Hollywood, she creates spaces, like this sleek contemporary kitchen, that are ready for their closeup. Here, Erinn mixed white lacquered and gray-stained oak cabinets with a mirrored mosaic backsplash, Calacatta marble countertops and pro-grade appliances for a silver-screen-ready look.

From: Erinn Valencich

Foodie-Friendly Kitchen

Pro-grade appliances and lots of high-end features, like a TV screen built into the cabinets so the homeowner can cook along with their favorite celebrity chef, make this kitchen a cook's dream.

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Modern Farmhouse

White traditional-style cabinets are right at home in this sunny farmhouse kitchen where porcelain plank tiles were laid in a timeless herringbone pattern to create a showstopping floor that's as durable and easy to clean as it is beautiful.

Glam on a Budget

Graphic designer and blogger Jen Ramos DIY-ed her way to this sleek and on-trend kitchen. She used Carrara marble tiles from a national hardware store to create a high-end backsplash on a budget.

A Twist on Traditional

Handscraped wood floors laid on the diagonal lead guests into this sprawling kitchen where designer Jamie Herzlinger combined traditional elements like X-front cabinet doors with modern touches like the minimal stainless steel range hood.

Farmhouse Style

Rustic Bedroom With Fireplace

Rustic Bedroom With Fireplace

This rustic bedroom has beamed ceilings and a brick fireplace that gives the space a charming feel. The fireplace is double-sided so that a fire can be enjoyed in the bedroom and the adjacent sitting room.

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

With deep hunter green cabinetry and a Swiss cross-tile backsplash, this eclectic kitchen is fresh and imaginative. Brass pendants hang above the Nero Marquina marble island and tie in with the brass faucets.

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.


Peaceful Master Bedroom Features Plum & Mauve Pillows and Tufted Headboard

Peaceful Master Bedroom Features Plum & Mauve Pillows and Tufted Headboard

This dreamy master retreat exudes a calm color palette with pops of plum, mauve and light blue in the accessories. A sequined pillow adds a touch of pizzazz to the bed.

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

Light and refreshing, this master bedroom boasts a soothing neutral palette with pops of pink, purple and blue found in the furnishings and accessories. The upholstered bed features a tufted headboard and a plethora of throw pillows in shades of white, plum and mauve. There's even a place to sit and relax beside the wood burning fireplace.

Peaceful Master Bedroom Features Plum & Mauve Pillows and Tufted Headboard

This dreamy master retreat exudes a calm color palette with pops of plum, mauve and light blue in the accessories. A sequined pillow adds a touch of pizzazz to the bed.

Deep Plum, Mauve & Gray Pillows

Deep plum and mauve pillows decorate the bed and add feminine flair to this master bedroom. A small, gray sequined pillow finishes off the look.

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Unique Nightstand in Master Retreat

A unique nightstand adds character and dimension to this bedside space. Atop, muted pops of color bring a lively feel to the space with the natural light illuminating each feature.

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Bright Pink Upholstered Stools

A pair of hot pink chevron stools are featured at the foot of the bed to provide a place to sit, relax and take off your shoes.

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Master Bedroom Features Deep Blue Chaise & Wood Burning Fireplace

In the corner of this master retreat, a plush blue chaise and wood burning fireplace provide a cozy place to relax and read a book (or two). Subtle gold accents and pops of hot pink add fun feminine flair to the space.

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Master Bedroom with Real Wood Fireplace

Situated right next to the fireplace, these little log pieces bring a homey feel to the space with their rustic touch.

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Wine-Colored Candle Cases in Master Retreat

Simple decor can say the most in this serene master retreat. Wine-colored candle cases are an easy fix for mantel adornment and look good against the white wall backdrop.

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Media Console in Master Suite

Complete with a fireplace, chaise lounge and flatscreen TV, you'll never want to leave this heavenly master suite.

Plum Vases

A pair of plum vases top the media console to complement the plum tones found throughout the bedroom.

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Master Retreat with Blue Antique Chaise

This quaint corner brings an antique vibe to this master retreat with it's worn chaise lounge along with the aged side table and lamp. The colorful flair also brings a hint of the unexpected in such a neutral-driven room.

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Bright Blue Chaise in Master Retreat

A bright blue chaise lounge with a purple throw juxtaposes the white wainscoting in this master retreat. Illuminated with lots of natural light, the aged floor lamp adds an antique touch to the cozy corner.

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Coastal Art in Transitional Bedroom

Six pieces of framed art bring a coastal vibe to this relaxing master bedroom. An upholstered bench with a gray throw and gray and white accent pillows offers a place to relax and unwind after a long day's work.

Patterned Pillows in Master Retreat

Interesting patterns help make these neutral pillows pop. A soft gray throw sets the scene for a cozy corner to curl up in with a book.

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Divine Master Suite With Gray, Tufted Headboard

A close look at this relaxing master suite features an upholstered bed with a gray, tufted headboard and an array of pillows in shades of plum, mauve and white. A single sequined pillow completes the collection.

Pretty Blue Bedside Lamp

A light blue speckled lamp rests on the half circle nightstand that features two cabinet doors, keeping the top of the nightstand clutter-free.

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Distressed White Nightstand in Master Retreat

Detailed woodworking on this circular nightstand is part of the small things that help create the big picture. It has an aged, distressed look to it that brings a certain character to the room in a subtle way.

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Hallway View of Master Bedroom

A peek into this master suite shows a calm, neutral color palette with plum, mauve and light blue accents found in the throw pillows and bedside lamps.

Black and White

Black and White Dining Room Features Funky Patterns

Black and White Dining Room Features Funky Patterns

This stunning dining room is anchored by a farmhouse table and chairs reminiscent of midcentury modern design. Black and white wallpaper and a rug are the can't-be-missed design elements in the room, and the color scheme is echoed in the window treatment, light fixture and chairs. Botanicals and antler horns bring nature indoors, and the red tray and table add a punch of color.

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

This living room boasts a fresh, young vibe that is appropriate enough for the adults in the house yet quirky enough for the kids. A traditional fireplace and classic built-in bookshelves pair with clean-lined furniture pieces for a lovely 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

Whether you collect birdcages or buttons, sculpture or shells, transferware or teacups, any collection you love deserves pride of place in your home. Plus, there's power in numbers: "Anything looks better as a collection," says Mary Carol. "The different sizes, shapes and colors play off each other, and grouping a collection together gives it emphasis." Gather up your treasures around the house and mass them for a stunning display.

Put Your Passions on Display

Not sure what to showcase on shelves? First, consider what you love. Your interests and hobbies should come through in your accessory choices, says Debbie Wiener, an interior designer in Silver Spring, Md., who helps homeowners create spaces reflective of their everyday lives. "Kids' framed artwork, books, decorative plates, baseball cards or boomerang collections. Your home should look like you," Debbie says. Take stock of vacation mementos, crafts and items you're drawn to time and again when assembling accessories for a shelf arrangement. Design by Emily Henderson.

Group Like With Like

Unite your shelf displays by grouping items by theme, color, shape, texture or material. "Like things together give the biggest bang," says Megan Samuels, ASID, an interior designer in Manhattan Beach, Calif. "It creates a really nice, curated feel to your treasures." A grouping of white pottery and other light-toned objects looks stunning on dark wood or brightly painted shelves, for example, while an assemblage of boxes, bowls or spheres adds instant emphasis that's lacking when they stand alone. Design by Sarah Richardson.

Make It Functional

You can unify a shelf display by function, too. Mary Carol Garrity, author of Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details and the owner of Nell Hill's, an accessories emporium in Atchison, Kan., likes to turn a shelf into a bar or a serving station. "Take out the shelf above to create more room, then top a tray with pretty cut-crystal decanters and glassware," she suggests. Design by Emily Henderson.

Go Big and Bold

Several tiny tchotchkes on a shelf will only collect dust and look like jumbled clutter. Instead, choose bigger, bolder accessories that will stand out. Select tall vases (if there's no shelf above, fill them with giant flowering or fall branches for a dramatic display); giant balls of knotted rope, substantial pottery and large art books; collect whatever strikes your fancy, as long as you can see it from across the room. Give smaller items more visual presence by collecting them in a container: "I love an old jar filled with vintage photos, seashells collected at the beach or even colorful crayons and marbles," says Megan. Design by Judith Balis.

Forget Symmetry and Be Odd

Rather than a matching set of mirroring objects, go for asymmetrical arrangements of three, five or seven objects, setting them off-center to add a subtle element of surprise. "Odd numbers are usually the most interesting," says designer Megan. Instead of symmetry, what you're aiming for is balance. "Even if you have two matching items, like a pair of beautiful urns, put them on the diagonal," rather than directly opposite each other, she suggests. Design by Christopher Grubb.

Change the Shelf Height

Another tip to aid in your asymmetry efforts: Unless your shelves are fixed in a built-in or other shelving unit, "vary shelf heights so they don't all line up exactly," suggests Nancy Barsotti, ASID fellow and interior designer in New York City and Pittsburgh. You'll be able to use larger pieces and break out of the "lined-up soldiers" look that gets boring so quickly.

Vary Accessory Height

A big shelf decorating don't is lining up items of the same height. Their uniform size can appear flat and boring. Instead, "mix different heights by contrasting high and low to keep the eye traveling," says Mary Carol. When gathering pieces to decorate shelves, make sure you have a combination of short, medium and tall objects. Design by Erinn Valencich.

From: Erinn Valencich

Stack Books

One trick for boosting an item's stature, literally and figuratively, is risers. "These come in handy for varying the height of the things in your shelf composition and help draw attention to a particular piece," she explains. Use books stacked on their sides as platforms, wood or lacquer boxes as pedestals and compotes, cake stands and other risers to help stagger heights and bring your accessory arrangement up to snuff. Design by Emily Henderson.

Add Sparkle and Shine

Glass, crystal and silver objects make shelf arrangements literally shine. A mirror placed at the back or bottom of a shelf will double the visual effect of the objects placed in front or on top, says Nancy. Rather than hiding the family silver in a dining cabinet, Mary Carol urges to pull it out, shine it up and display it on open shelves: either as a collection or by using individual pieces paired with rougher objects for contrast and interest. "I love the shine of silver next to a more primitive piece," she says.

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Create Layers on Shelves

In addition to height, consider depth when decorating shelves. "Stand up trays, pretty plates and pieces of art to use as the backdrop for your arrangement (and) then work your way out from there," says Mary Carol. After you've placed the largest, tallest items as anchors at the back of the shelf, "layer smaller, shorter objects in front of them," says Nancy. The resulting assemblage will invite viewers to linger a while, discovering new layers in the decorative diorama with each glance.

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Keep It Spare and Simple

While layering accessories works well in traditional or eclectic settings, a streamlined approach is fitting for contemporary and modern spaces. "Follow the style of your home when accessorizing," says Nancy. If your decorating style leans toward rigorous minimalism or you simply favor an uncluttered look, your decorative shelves should reflect that. Says Megan: "There's something so serene about three blocks of wood attached to a spartan white wall with a simple, carefully placed object on each."

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Arrange Books by Color

If you have a large collection of books, consider arranging them by color for instant bookshelf pizazz. The rainbow-hued display can be quite dramatic, although it can also make hunting down a specific tome a bit of a chore. "Library sales are a great way to pick up groups of colored books inexpensively," Megan suggests. Try removing the dust jackets on your hardbacks, too, especially for vintage books with interesting spines or luxe cover material.

Vary Book Displays

"Display some books up and down and others laid on their side," says Nancy. "And group books by subject — mass all the photo books together, for instance — or by size, which instantly creates a sense of order." As for those tatty paperbacks, get rid of them or hide them in good-looking boxes or baskets tucked into your bookshelves. Design by Emily Henderson.

©Design by Emily Henderson

Mix Art in With Books

Don't relegate photos and art to walls only. Shelves are great display spots, too, and they make it a snap to regularly rotate new pieces into your home gallery. "I love framed art placed casually among books, or even hung or leaned in front of a group of books," Megan says. Other ideas: Hang diminutive pieces on the wall behind open shelves or tack them onto the back of closed shelves so they become part of the vignette. Design by Luis Caicedo.

From: Luis Caicedo

Display Art in Creative Ways

You can also create a shelf display of nothing but art or photos: Rather than a precise arrangement, lean your collection casually on the shelves, overlapping edges and mixing frame sizes, shapes and styles to keep the eye's interest. "Juxtaposing ornate, antique frames with plainer frames works well" in this context, Nancy says. Design by Robin Callan.

Look Up and Lock Down

Don't forget the tops of bookshelves or kitchen cabinets when scouting spots to accessorize. Placing objects there can highlight tall ceilings or simply provide space to display big, dramatic pieces that won't fit on the shelves below. Another great way to add height to decorative shelves is with large posters or artwork. Hint: If you live in earthquake country or if your bookshelves rattle ominously when the kids run past, be sure to secure the shelves to the wall with L-brackets or hook-and-eye latches. Also, museum or earthquake putty (available in most hardware stores) is handy for ensuring that small objects stay put.

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Let There Be Light

As a finishing touch, illuminate your shelves to spotlight the arrangements you've created there. The options for shelf lighting abound: Add track lighting to the ceiling and focus a few spots on shelf displays; mount a picture light above a shelf or a series of picture lights above a series of shelves; affix small puck lights to the underside of one shelf to highlight the contents of the shelf below or discreetly tuck tiny up-lights behind a vase or other item to backlight the arrangement. Design by Luis Caicedo.

From: Luis Caicedo

Floral Print

Floral Sofa in Indigo Living Room

Floral Sofa in Indigo Living Room

This contemporary living room makes a statement with indigo walls and a floral patterned sofa. The wide plank hardwood floor and sleek coffee table let the dramatic prints and rich colors take center stage.

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

As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential , designer Sarah Richardson created a cozy, relaxing corner in this spa bathroom with a sleek soaking tub and built-in ledge perfect for holding candles or a glass of wine. A small, linear gallery wall adds color to the monochromatic space and boosts the room's spa-like ambiance.

From: 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.


Art Deco Wallpaper

Art Deco Wallpaper

Inspired by the art deco of the 1920s and '30s, this emerald design exudes elegance and old-fashioned Hollywood glamour. Image courtesy of Graham & Brown.

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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

A fun retro print can be the focal point in a room, whether it covers the whole room or just one accent wall. And with walls this striking, other decor can be left clean and simple. Image courtesy of Ferm Living Shop

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Diamonds and Deco

Inspired by the art deco of the 1920s and '30s, this emerald design exudes elegance and old-fashioned Hollywood glamour. Image courtesy of Graham & Brown

Photo By: Graham and Brown

Geometric Beauty

This geometric wallpaper imitates Aztec design and acts as the conversation piece of the room. The soft lilac color tones down the bold pattern. Image courtesy of Juju Papers

Photo By: Juju Papers

Bird Motifs

Bird motifs are prevalent in vintage design. Wallpaper designer Yukari Sweeney's bird wallpaper pattern breaks up the neutral color palette of this living space without becoming overpowering.

Photo By: Yukari Sweeney

Vibrant Design

Make a bold statement with this wallpaper's '60s-inspired curvy blossoms. Image courtesy of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

Photo By: Sherwin-Williams

Purple Color Tones

Different shades of purple bring a retro feel to this minimalist space. The intricate design of the wallpaper adds a mural effect, while the rest of the space is kept simple. Image courtesy of Elli Popp

Photo By: Elli Popp

Metallic Shine

Big and bold floral patterns from decades past can still work nicely in a contemporary home. This wallpaper's modern colors and metallic shimmer offer a fresh spin on a classic design.

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Inspired by Nature

The blue-gray designs of the wallpaper counterbalance the bold orange leaves and rustic furniture, creating a harmonious space. Avery designed the leaf motifs to mimic foliage from common American trees, enhancing the natural look. Image courtesy of Juju Papers

Photo By: Juju Papers

Wallpaper Art

If you aren't completely sold on wallpaper, try adding it to your space in small doses. A small piece of retro-inspired wallpaper adds an instant splash of color and personality. Image courtesy of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

Classic Meets Modern

This flocked wallpaper uses a classic design with modern colors, resulting in the perfect mix of vintage and contemporary style. Image courtesy of Graham & Brown

Photo By: Graham and Brown

Contemporary Influences

The curved design of this handmade wallpaper, designed by Avery Thatcher, is paired with leaf motifs for a contemporary touch. The color palette is inspired by hues of a late sunset. Image courtesy of Juju Papers

Photo By: Juju Papers

Feminine Touches

The art deco style of this subtle wallpaper adds a feminine look to an eating nook. The floating flower bud adds a delicate touch to the rustic space. Image courtesy of Elli Popp

Photo By: Elli Popp

Classic Black and White

This timeless color scheme infuses a touch of sophistication into any room in the house, turning an otherwise simple kitchen into a stylish space. Image courtesy of Graham & Brown

Photo By: Graham and Brown

'60s Inspiration

Scenes of 1960s London create a toile pattern on the walls of this kid's playroom. Retro furniture and bold accessories enhance the vintage look. Image courtesy of Yukari Sweeney

Into the Woods

A pop of yellow adds a much-needed flair to this wallpaper of mixed grays, and the forest design is a contemporary alternative to the mural wall portraits popularized in the '70s. Image courtesy of Ferm Living Shop

Photo By: Ferm Living

Lacey Florals

This charming wallpaper, with its delicate design and gentle hues, gives "flower power" a whole new meaning. Image courtesy of Graham & Brown

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Photo By: Graham and Brown

Vintage Green

This mint-green paper pays homage to vintage design — but features a modern twist. At first glance, the collage resembles an English garden, but look closely and you will see hidden human body parts. Image courtesy of Elli Popp

Photo By: Elli Popp

Bundle of Joy

This sweet design, with its bright green color and soft geometric pattern, is a subtle throwback to retro style. Design by Karen Combs of Nama Rococo

Turning Back Time

The name given to this wallpaper says it all: Trippy. The bold shapes and colors create a Mad Men-inspired vibe in this space. Image courtesy of Graham & Brown

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Soft Neutral

A warm gray color palette lends a contemporary feel to the vintage-inspired circle pattern. Try this wallpaper on an accent wall to create a subtle focal point. Image courtesy of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

Photo By: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

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