The 1980s were years that introduced the world to TV shows like "Miami Vice," the music of Wham and the crazy second-hand store-inspired fashions of the Material Girl. Many of the interior decorating styles that were common during this time took their cues from popular culture. If you're looking to recreate a bit of the '80s in your home, look to these cultural icons for inspiration.
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The vibrant colours of the 1980s are making a comeback. Bold pinks, lemon yellows and a range of blues, including teals, are finding popularity again in home decorating trends. If you want to introduce some '80s elements into your bedroom, start with the colours and then add a few accessories, like an '80s-style geometric design bedside clock. Keep adding elements until you're satisfied; going all out to embrace the '80s style isn't necessary.
Ruffles in Excess
The '80s style bedroom you're trying to create would be remiss without lots of ruffles, which speaks to the styles that found popularity in the early to mid-'80s. Ruffles made a big appearance in the '80s on both the sleeves of women's dresses and on curtains, bed dust ruffles, throw pillows and ottomans. If you're scouting around flea markets and antique stores to find some pieces like a set of chairs for a bedroom coffee corner or a footstool for the end of your bed, know that '80s style was about more than just ruffles; some of the colours that were most common in the '80s were pastels. The combination of these two elements should bring you an '80s feel to the room.
Interior decorating in the 1980s embraced minimalism as much as it did frills. If you're thinking that some of the visual excess of the '80s isn't your style, you may want to create a bedroom that looks like something out of the movie "Wall Street." Create this look with bold-coloured accessories like polished cotton bedspreads and matching ottomans. Artwork for the walls gravitates toward prints by artist Patrick Nagel, featuring women with highly sculpted hair and minimal lines to create their faces. Zebra-striped throw pillows add just a touch of pattern to the bed. Some of the pastel colours like mauve made popular in the early '80s still appear but very often on the walls instead of on the furniture.
Pretty in Pink
If you can't get the '80s movie icons like Molly Ringwald out of your head, create a bedroom inspired by her. Molly's persona was created for the most part by filmmaker John Hughes in movies like "16 Candles" and "Pretty in Pink." A bedroom modelled after the visuals created by movies embraces pink above all else. A pink striped and floral patterned wallpaper of the palest shade should cover your wall. The lace curtains will have just the slightest touch of pink, and a pink rotary dial phone can await your incoming calls as it sits perched on the nightstand beside the bed. A few reminders that pay homage to the "16 Candles" girl include some framed movie posters of Molly in her various roles.
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