Oh No!!!! Here come the 80s!

Posted on Mon, 16 Jul 2007 by midcenturyjo

It’s true. The next big thing in retro is the 80s. Salmon and grey, lacquer and smoked glass, cane, indoor plants, gilt chrome and the “chop” pillow. It’s the era of shoulder pads, power dressing, leg warmers and white shoes. Greed was good and taste went out the door! Here are a few 80s rooms that give you an idea why it’s on the comeback. Not everything was tasteless. I should know. I was definitely there!

All images scanned from Better Homes and Gardens. New Decorating Book, Meridith Corporation, Iowa, 1981. (OK from the early 80s but I’m on the hunt for more vintage 80s books.)

Bhavna says:

Noo…, what are you saying!? I hide my horrendous photographs from the 80’s! The only consolation is that I was a mere kid at that time and it was not me who made the choice about what I wore or how my hair looked!
I hope that the ’80’s in decor’ would be suitably 2000ised this time around 😉

kim. says:

I’m surprisingly not horrified….except maybe by that last photo. I like most of the furniture.

Jessie says:

AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! NO!!!! I do love the chairs in the last photo. 🙂 I will never ever ever like 80’s decor. Tacky!!!!

Bring it on…i’m ready for the 80’s again if it looks like pics 3 and 4…that lucite table reminds me of the CB2 one! All I hope is that we don’t bring back the fake plants…please!!!


Ha! I have this book, and I LOOOOOOVED it back in the day. I was only 13 or 14 years old when I got my copy, and I used to pore over it endlessly. I might have to dig it up and give it another look.

ph baird says:

Oh no!…can we put a stop to this? Quick. I don’t want to fry my scalp on another perm.

orangered says:

80’s revisited thru the likes of your unerring eyes should be just fine.
i just hope others resist the mauve!

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