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Move over minimalism! 20 January, 2010

Posted by CandidaB in Candida's blog.
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The end of the nineties  saw the demise of the minimalist trend and the return of warm, rich colours and patterned wallpaper instead (hooray).

The last decade was defined by feature walls, vintage boho chic and a love of all things retro.

Image credit: Laura Ashley

But according to the Guardian’s Huma Qureshi, despite people leaving behind 90s stark minimalism, our love affair with Swedish brand Ikea is still going strong. Homemakers update their basics by adding personal touches, making interior design less prescriptive and more individual.

Jan Janecek, a designer at interiors company Bentheim, says:  “The trend for [the past] decade has been for comfort – people want to come home to good, comfortable design which is still cutting edge.”

Qureshi concludes that this personalised approach did have its downside in the noughties, including the MDF movement and tacky themed interiors.

“Most were spurred on by the BBC’s now defunct Changing Rooms, which finally went off air in 2004 – thank goodness.”

Minimalist or eclectic: which side of the fence do you sit?



1. Bethany - 20 January, 2010

wa-hoo! I love big bold prints. Minimalism is great in theory, but nothing spices up the home like a fantastic bold wallpaper.

I say: go big or go home! (no pun intended…)

2. Chelsea Connolly - 21 January, 2010

I have an appreciation for both, but for me personally, eclectic style takes my vote. It just has a tendency to be so much more personal and unique. I love it! 🙂


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