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20 Ways You Can Add 1980s Style to Your Decor

January 08, 2021

The wild, whimsical and sometimes just plain weird decade is sashaying back into the spotlight. Here’s how to time travel in style.

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Photo: Tomas Espinoza

Lean Into Curves

This vintage sofa’s silhouette is surprisingly user friendly. The wide upholstered arms are perfect for lounging, and the negative space beneath them gives the piece a light footprint. Treasures like this one can be tricky to find, but secondhand chairs and occasional tables with similar bones turn up (and are worth snapping up) on sites like 1stDibs.

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Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg. From: Zoe Feldman Design.

Get Into Shapes

Test drive ‘80s geometry with a bold, patterned wallpaper like the one in this chic condo’s entryway. Want extra credit? Use paint to pull tones from that paper into the room, as with the pale pink molding and teal door.

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Photo: Nick Sorenson. From: THELIFESTYLEDCO.

Select an Icon

Why accent your space with a single evocative piece (i.e. an actual boombox) when you can repeat it from floor to ceiling (i.e. this playful wallpaper)?

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Hang a Major Mirror

A piece like the octagonal beauty in this foyer is the perfect way to dip your toe in the ‘80s trend without going full throwback. When you are ready to go Full Throwback, might we suggest a fabulous credenza, like the one here?

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