Living rooms in the 1980s

Written by luanne kelchner
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The 1980s were a decade filled with status symbols and glitzy excess. The interior design of the ''80s featured ornate patterns, lavish furnishings and bright tropical colours. For those who long for the style of the 1980s, decorating a living room with this decor can bring a funky retro look to the home.


Pastels and tropical colours, such as pink, mint green and teal were favourite choices in 1980s living rooms. The combination of mauve and teal was a favourite choice for rooms in the 80s. The colour choices for a 1980s living room fit in well with an art deco decor as well. When designing your living room, use soft colours with a feminine appearance. For a more masculine look in the 1980s living room, choose black and white for a stark bold look in the room. Black leather furnishings with white walls create an expensive look, which fits well with the decade of excess and extravagance.

Floral Patterns

Rooms with a 1980s interior decor use floral patterns, such as cabbage roses for upholstery and accent pieces. In the '80s the country cottage look created with floral patterns gave rooms a soft comfortable appearance in the rooms. You can use the floral patterns for accent pieces, such as toss pillows, lampshades and table coverings. Accent tables with pastel covers or floral patterns can take the place of end tables.


Furnishings for the living room should have clean lines with curves such as contemporary or modern furniture. Glass-top tables and rattan pieces with pastel upholstery are a good choice for this interior decor.

Mirrors and Reflective Surfaces

Mirrors in geometric shapes can adorn the walls in a 1980s living room. Mirrored walls with small white lights create a look of space and make a room appear larger. Reflective surfaces, such as glass and chrome, work well in 1980s inspired rooms. Accent tables with chrome legs and glass tops or mirrored tops have a retro look from the '80s but still offer a modern appeal to the room.

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