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Groovy 70s Home Decor That Will Have You Reevaluating Your Interior Design Preferences

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You probably don’t have any memories of the familiar swish of bell-bottoms around your calves or the faint scent of marijuana hanging on the northern California breeze, but if you try hard enough, maybe you can imagine yourself there. Woodstock nostalgia, disco, and Jaws–some of the most influential and defining cultural creations of the 20th century. You would think the blow-your-mind styles and out-of-this-world artistic license would have stuck around for longer than a decade.

Here at FamilyWise, we enjoy paying our respects and tipping our virtual hats to the artists, musicians, and culture curators that made the 70s as colorful and memorable as they were. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 most notable interior decorating tropes of the decade.

Whacky 70s Chairs, Colors, Carpets, and More

1. Wood Paneling

 

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You probably recognize this from either your grandparents’ basement, HGTV, or That 70s Show, but either way, it takes the cake for 1970s interior design cliches.

2. Harvest Gold

 

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This color is probably one of the more psychedelic aspects of the 1970s daydream. It was a household staple back in the day, and there was scarcely a middle-class suburban kitchen built without this as the color scheme.

3. Floral Prints

 

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If you were to derive one overarching message from the seventies, it would most definitely be “flower power.”

4. Egg Chairs

 

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In our book, these chairs are still the epitome of cool. Maybe it’s something to do with small, enclosed spaces that just makes you feel all safe and cozy when you’re sitting in them.

5. Band Posters

 

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This is probably one of the more persistent interior design trends on our list–at least for teenagers.

6. Rattan Furniture

 

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Basically, rattan is another word for wicker. You didn’t know that? Don’t worry, neither did we.

7. Sunburst Clocks and Mirrors

 

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If you needed a little bit of sunshine in your life back in the 1970s, the obvious solution was to purchase yourself a literal burst of sun to hang on your wall.

8. Hand Chairs

 

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Chairs are meant to be supportive, right? Whoever designed these bad boys kept that well in mind, what with the whole hand-holding concept.

9. Shag Carpet

 

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This one is a classic. Everyone who lived through the 70s remembers the familiar feeling of this wooly, matted stuff between their toes.

10. Bean Bag Chairs

 

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There are a lot of crazy interior decor ideas out there, but this must have been one of the weirdest by far. If you’d never seen a bean bag chair before, imagine how awkward it must have been plopping yourself down in one for the first time!

11. Sunken Living Rooms

 

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For some reason, normal-leveled flooring was just too basic for the architects and designers of the 70s.

12. Avocado Green

 

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The folks in the kitchen appliance business must have really liked earthy tones back in the day. It reminds me of the color of old vintage canvas tents. Who knows? Maybe it had something to do with the environmentalist movement.

13. Macrame Wall Owls

 

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Who knows why these little handmade wall pieces were so popular? Maybe everyone just wanted to absorb a little bit of wisdom, or maybe the obsession with handwoven crafts went just a little bit over the top.

14. Whacky Carpet Colors

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The photo says it all. If you wanted a splash of color in your life back in the 70s, why not just throw it down on the floor and walk all over it?

15. Hanging Plants

 

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You might have noticed that these bad boys haven’t quite gone out of style, especially with the recent resurgence of hippie nostalgia and every millennial’s rising obsession with succulents.

16. Linoleum

 

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Boy, oh boy, do we remember this one! Linoleum was the standard in every suburban dream home. Whether you lived in Nebraska or New York City, this plasticky material was probably what your bathroom floor was made of.

17. Crocheted Blankets

 

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Not only are these things warm and cozy, but they also make for nice throw blankets. Next time you visit your grandparents, keep an eye out for one of them.

18. Lava Lamps

 

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Lava lamps are still totally rad, but in the 1970s, they were the epitome of cool. They resurfaced in the 80s, the 90s, and the 2000s. It’s probably not a stretch to say that they’ll make their rounds again in the next decade.

19. Floating Stairs

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If this trend gives you some Brady Bunch vibes, you’re getting it right. These stairs are one of the most iconic features of 70s suburban home architecture.

20. Vinyl Tables

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Regular old wooden tables? Forget about it! Vinyl tables were the most practical way to go. Easy to clean, portable, and–most importantly–stylish.

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20 Slang Terms from the 80’s

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So maybe Reaganomics and the Just Say No campaign didn’t particularly spike your interest back in the day, but there was much more to the 80s than politics, the Cold War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was a time of big hair, big dreams, and Bon Jovi. If you can look past all of the cringe-worthy neon trends and legwarmers, you’ll find that this decade was also a shining time of phat catchphrases, choice sayings, and totally gnarly slang. If you lived through these years, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 most iconic sayings of the decade, from quippy one-liners to full-on nonsense. So if you’re looking to incorporate some totally radical throwback terms into your vocabulary, look no further.

80s Slang that Will Have You Slidin’ Down Your Shades

1. “Cheeuh!”

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This was just another way of saying yes or yeah, but with a scoff and an especially sarcastic tone.

2. “Tubular”

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Though to you it may seem like an exclusive surfer term, the word tubular was synonymous with the word cool to everyone back in the 80s.

3. “Gag me with a spoon!”

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This phrase was used to express disgust. It makes the word gross seem pretty dull in comparison.

4. “Bad”

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If something in the 80s was bad, you knew it was cool or trendy. Good was still good, of course, but bad was also good–makes sense, right?

5. “Bogus!”

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If you know this movie, you probably already know what this word means. Back in the 80s, if you found yourself stuck in or even witnessing a crappy situation, you would describe it as bogus.

6. “Don’t have a cow.”

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This is a funnier way of telling someone to chill out. Kinda weird, right? Apparently, you only really deserved someone saying this to you if you were truly overreacting.

7. “No duh!”

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Seeing as how this is still a commonly used phrase, we already know that you already know what it means–no duh!

8. “Not even!”

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If your answer to something was no, but you wanted to emphasize it, this is what you would say. It’s the 80s equivalent of the 90s saying, “As if!”

9. “Grody!”

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Back in the 80s, there was no more creative and emphatic way to express disgust than this word. Grody was an expression of extreme perturbation.

10. “Like totally!”

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This was a way to answer in the affirmative without really saying yes. For example, would we bring back staple 80s lingo if we could? Like, totally!

11. “Dude/Dudette”

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It’s highly unlikely that you don’t know what this means, but just in case you don’t, we’ve got you covered. A dude or dudette is a particularly chill individual with a knack for chillin’ out and being cool.

12. “What’s your damage?”

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Back in the 80s, it was too much of an imposition to ask what someone’s problem was. You just had to dig a little deeper and accuse them of being emotionally damaged in some way.

13. “Choice”

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This would be used to describe someone or something particularly awesome or amazing. For example, you might say to someone, “That is a choice pair of shoes,” or “Choice ride, dude!”

14. “Gnarly!”

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If something was described as gnarly, it was a skill you wanted to gain, a product you wanted to have, or a person you wanted to be best friends with. This word described only the coolest of the cool and the awesomest of the awesome.

15. “Rad!”

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Rad is still a widely used term to this day, and boy are we thankful it is! How else would we describe the most awesome parts of life?

16. “Wiggin’/ Wiggin’ out”

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If someone is wiggin’ or wiggin’ out, this gif probably resembles their mental state. Duran Duran is an 80s icon, so his facial expression is a perfect fit for the meaning of the word.

17. “Eat my shorts!”

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If someone were to say this to you, it meant they wanted nothing to do with you. It was a saying popularized by Bart Simpson–yet another example of how big of a deal The Simpsons was back in the 80s.

18. “Fresh”

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This word was used to describe something that was probably extremely new and hip. If something was fresh, it was the cool new thing.

19. “Bag your face!”

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This was a particularly cruel insult that high school kids of the 80s came up with when someone’s facial appearance left something to be desired

20. “Lame”

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This word is still widely used today, meant to describe something dull or unoriginal. For example, a boring party would be described as lame.

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Groovy 70’s Slang

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If you’re anything like us here at FamilyWise, you have tons of fond memories of the 70s. With all those disco balls and funky bellbottoms, it’s no surprise that this decade is one of the most iconic in terms of music, art, and quirky sayings. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your vocabulary or even just in the mood for some soulful nostalgia, you’ve come to the right place.

Below we’ve compiled a list of some fabulous and most groovy 70s slang terms and phrases. Take it from us, you don’t want to miss out on these excellent sayings, sensational words, and hilariously nifty expressions.

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70s Slang to Remind You of Trippier Times

“Dream On”

You would say this to an overambitious individual, someone who’s made a statement outside the realm of what you might consider realistic. In other words, if you’ve got to get someone’s head out of the clouds, this is what you would say to them. Short and not so sweet, but it gets the point across.

“Psyche”

This is another way of letting someone know you’ve tricked them or psyched them out.

“Bogue”

This word would have been used to describe an unbelievable idea, something so unrealistic that it was mildly offensive. In modern terms, it’s the response equivalent of “Not cool, man,” or “That’s bogus.”

“Crib”

This is simply a cooler way of referring to someone’s home or apartment.

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“Lay a Gasser”

We try to keep our content pretty clean here at FamilyWise, so we’ll leave you to guess what this one might mean. (Hint: Think stink!)

“Can You Dig It?”

So maybe your algebra teacher never phrased the question this way when teaching you variables, but if they had back in the seventies, any student would have understood exactly what they meant. This saying was simply another way of asking, “Do you understand?” or “Do you get it?”

“I gotta skitty!”

If you’ve ever used the word skedaddle, then you already know the proper usage of this word. The phrase all together means, “I have to hurry,” or “I’ve gotta’ rush.”

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“Keep on stepping”

If you wanted someone to “get outta’ here” or “keep it moving,” you would say this to them.

“Later days”

This was just another way of saying goodbye or farewell.

“Let’s blow this taco stand!”

You’re at a party with your friends. The music has gotten repetitive and the chips are stale. What’s the most creative way you can think of to say “Let’s get out of here.” That’s exactly what this phrase is for.

“Let’s blow up the cheese!”

People of the 70s must have just not enjoyed saying “Let’s leave,” or “Let’s get outta’ here,” so they had to come up with a bunch of different ways to say it.

“Peace, love, and granola”

The hippies of the day really lived up to their name with this one. Rather than say goodbye, they’d just say “Peace, love, and granola,” before parting.

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“Peace out, home fry”

Apparently, referring to your friends as fast-food wouldn’t have earned you a bunch of weird looks back in the 1970s. This was just another way to say goodbye or “See you later.”

“Catch you on the flip-side”

This was just another way of saying “I’ll see you later,” but, like, in a cool way. We don’t know exactly what is on the flip-side, but it must be a pretty cool place for everyone wanting to catch each other there.

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“Do me a Solid”

This saying is another way to ask someone for a favor. Our guess is that it sounds less like an imposition when you say it in a hip, offhand way like this. The saying is still used today, so you’ve probably heard it once or twice.

“What a Fry”

And we’re back to the fast-food references. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with calling someone a french fry–I mean, they are pretty delicious–but back in the 70s, if this particular phrase was said to you, it meant that you were acting weird or strange.

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“The Skinny”

This is just another way to refer to a quick rundown of events, so the next time someone says to you, “Give me the skinny,” what they’re actually asking for is a quick overview of the situation.

“Far Out”

Though we’re pretty sure this is still a widely-used saying, we’ll let you know what it means, anyway. If something is “far out,” it’s probably pretty cool.

“Bunny”

If you were a cute girl in the 70s, you would’ve been considered a “bunny.” Don’t ask us why; we don’t exactly know.

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Totally Tubular 1980s Interior Design Trends

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The 1980s were a time of gnarly outfits, big hair, and neon dreams. With all the over digitized music, cringy cat photoshoots, and laser wallpapers, it was truly a weird time. But let’s give those 80s artists and culture creators some credit where credit is due. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t still reaping the benefits of this particular brand of pop-culture–especially when it comes to interior design.

Here at FamilyWise, we recognize just how big of an impact this particular decade had. And it goes without saying that there is more to the 80s than meets the eye, but for now, we’ll just be focusing on the “what meets the eye” part. Below we’ve compiled 20 of both the raddest and whackiest 80s interior design trends of the decade for your quarantine enjoyment.

The Most Bodacious 1980s Interior Design Trends

1. Vertical Blinds

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If you were to remember any particular 80s interior design trend the most, it’d probably be this one. Vertical blinds were the set standard for every suburban dream home back in the day, and if you grew up in the 80s, it’s more than likely you remember your parents getting overly frustrated with these things’ easy breakage and lack of adequate sunlight blockage.

2. Tiled Countertops

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Though they technically became a prevalent trend in the 70s, tiled countertops booked their way into 80s homes as well. I mean, come on! What’s not to love? Who doesn’t enjoy putting in a little extra elbow grease to scrub grape juice stains out of the grout?

3. Honey Oak Cabinets

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Your grandma’s house probably still looks a little bit like this–subbing the modern designer pots with cat cookie jars and feline porcelain memorabilia, of course. But if you’re anything like us here at FamilyWise, this hue definitely brings back more than a few distinct kitchen-related memories for you.

4. Glass Blocks

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You thought we would forget about these trippy things? No way! Whether or not this interior design trend was intended to look this wonky or not, they were an extremely popular stylistic choice back in the day. Glass blocks were likely to show up anywhere in your typical 80s floorplan. The kitchen? No surprise there. Dining room? Absolutely. Even your typical suburban master bathroom wasn’t safe!

5. Heavy Curtains

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If you were to sum up the 80s in one word, it would be over-the-top–which is ironic because that’s technically three words in one. Either way, it’s a perfect way to describe this particular interior design trend. Extravagant curtains were the exact opposite of those flimsy vertical blinds. You might even say the interior designers of the day overcompensated a little bit on both sides of the window covering spectrum.

6. Mauve

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Back in the 80s, this was the color of every girl’s toy dollhouse–and actual house, for that matter. Sparked by the death of the famous painter Georgia O’Keefe, the mauve movement not only moved through the world of art but made a splash in the interior design sphere, as well. Whether it was you, your sister, your mother, or your grandmother, you probably knew someone whose room was absolutely drowning in this color.

7. Memphis-Milano Design

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Okay, so we’ve got a few pretty gnarly interior design trends listed here, but this one definitely takes the cake. You might think it’s a bit of an acid trip to look at now, but these whacky geometric designs and odd color combos themed everything from TV shows like Saved By the Bell to everyday, household wallpapers back in the 80s. Believe it or not, Memphis Design was actually inspired by a conglomeration of eccentric Italian artists, Bob Dylan, and rainbows. Makes weird sense, don’t you think?

8. Etched Glass

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Whether it was a decorative mirror hanging in your entryway or the revolving glass door to your office building, these odd (and sometimes downright weird) etchings were practically everywhere in the 80s. The designers of the day were most likely going for an elegantly stylistic vibe, and maybe it worked… for about six years. Now, we can look back and chuckle at the concept of mirrors specially designed to block your reflection and windows specially designed to block your view.

9. Carpeted Bathrooms

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Believe it or not, these actually existed at one point in history. However, there’s no point in dwelling on the mistakes of the past. All we can do is move forward. But let’s take a moment of silence for those who did have to suffer through the era of carpeted toilet closets–gag. We would rather revert to outhouses than experience a resurgence of this particular trend, thank you very much!

10. Novelty Telephones

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Before colorful iPhones were the apple of anyone’s eye–haha, get it?–these chunky at-home receivers were the coolest things around. Anyone who was anyone incorporated one of these once-enviable atrocities into their bedroom decor scheme. Holding a bright red upper lip to your ear while gossiping with your BFF and painting your nails on your bed was apparently the 80s adolescent epitome of cool.

11. Deco Art

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As far as art goes, these pieces ain’t too bad in and of themselves. But when you hang something like this in a room with–let’s say–honey oak cabinets, an etched glass block wall, and/or heavy curtains over some vertical blinds, what you get is a modern interior designer’s worst nightmare, a feng shui travesty of the most epic proportions, a mockery of the very word art. (Okay, so maybe not that drastic, but you get the idea.)

12. Chintz

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Princess Diana was wearin’ it. The whole neighborhood was upholsterin’ it. And you… you were probably just skimmin’ over the latest issue of Tiger Beat surrounded by it. Chintz was one of the more subtle 80s interior design trends, but it definitely had its shining moment in the suburban household spotlight.

13. Pastels

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So this definitely isn’t the most cringe-worthy of interior design hallmarks on our list, but it’s got that distinct 80s feel. Pastels combined the neon craze of the time with some more toned-down, at-home aspects. Even so, it’s still a bit of a trip looking at a photo like this, especially if you were one of those pastel-loving 80s parents–or one of their children, for that matter.

14. Lacquer Furniture

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If you thought you’d seen the last of this plastic sheen on furniture back in 1989, you were wrong. According to several design magazines and YouTube videos, lacquer furniture is making a strong comeback. Whether it’s all the vintage-loving Millenials looking for cheap, durable furniture designs or just pure nostalgia, this trend will forever remain a unique 80s creation in our book.

15. Bulky Entertainment Centers

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They didn’t have flat screens yet, but with the wall space these monoliths occupied, they might as well have. Back in the 80s, the bigger your entertainment center was, the better. After all, it wasn’t real entertainment if it wasn’t framed by the plasticized remains of an entire tree.

16. Japanese Decor

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Obviously, this is one of the more palatable trends on our list, and we’ll admit, it even looks nice. Props to the designers of the day that initiated the Zen movement and inspired this trend. It’s one of the very few redeeming qualities of the world of 1980s interior design.

17. American Gigolo Style

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Richard Gere is pretty timeless, but this particular 1980s design trend with its over-the-top modernistic vibe and vague marble sculptures is not. Maybe in the next 50 years, it’ll make another comeback, but until then, we’d rather keep this in the movies.

18. Country Style

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This was one of those trends that erupted and, to this day, hasn’t quite gone away. Maybe it was something about the old-western feel that toned down the neon spunkiness of the decade and reminded people of simpler times, but either way, it’s probably one of the more lasting interior design trends on our list.

19. Balloon Valances

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Whether on your prom dress sleeves or on curtains, balloon valances were all the rage back in the 80s. You would think interior designers would have figured out how to decorate windows by then, but apparently no one had any better ideas than to bring bad fashion into the game.

20. Wallpaper Borders

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As if the pastels and the carpeted bathrooms weren’t bad enough, these floral wallpaper borders quickly became the most normalized decorative details in the world. All in all, they’re pretty harmless, so it makes sense that they’d be the last decorative objects of ridicule on our list.

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