Design Through the Decades – Phoenix, Arizona – 2000s Home Décor

January 15th, 2009 · 22 Comments

Design Through the Decades – part 77

Home décor & interior design in Phoenix homes during the 2000s are best defined by the color brown.  Nearly every wall was painted some shade of brown.  Furniture and accent pieces were brown or black.
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Black leather headboard and bench.  Brown toned drapery panels on hook loops.
2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Tropical themes were popular in the 2000s.
2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Metallic bed frames, headboards, lamps, and other design elements were silver or brushed nickel in the 2000s instead of brass or bronze from the 1990s.
2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Accent walls of a different color were used in many homes in the 2000s.2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sleigh beds.  Black furniture and decorations.  Sheer fabrics in windows.
2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bathrooms had warm brown colors.
2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Family rooms also had brown paint colors, contrasted with white outlet covers and white floor boards.
2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Large sectional furniture continued in the 2000s, a carry-over from the 1990s due to great rooms and large family rooms.2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

For the rare 2000s home with white walls, brown furniture was still used.2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Patios and outdoor spaces were made to resemble resorts with privacy panels, sisal rugs, and indoor furniture.
2000s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades


What can we expect with home décor & interior design in the 2010s?  Here are a few predictions from experts.
Color:  Colors based on nature will be used, such as warm, rock-colored grays, taupes, and beiges.  Floor boards that used to be painted white to make the wall color “pop” will instead be painted the same as the walls in the 2010s.
Furnishings:  Smaller furniture will be in; furniture with skirts or overstuffed couches are out.  Large sectional sofas are out.  Armoires for TVs and entertainment are out.  Flat-screen TVs will be showcased, sometimes framed to resemble artwork.
Flooring:  Dark is in.  Wood floors will be stained black or a deep charcoal gray.  Lighter colored area rugs will create excitement against the dark floors.
Window Treatments:  Less is in.  Thinner materials are in.  Sometimes nothing.  Roll-up window treatments (Roman shades) will be popular too.
Lighting:  Cylindrical lampshades will replace pleated or conical lampshades.  Pendant lighting will still be popular.
Accessories:  Overstuffed china hutches are out, if used at all.  Baskets and fake plants & vines on top of kitchen cabinets are out; they collect too much dust.

What do you think will be home décor trends in the 2010s?

Tags: 2000s · Design Through the Decades · Home Décor

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 me // Apr 13, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I hate seeing those glaring white outlets everywhere. I paint mine to match the walls (that is considered tacky, but I don’t care). My light switch plates are Colonial-style from the 1950s, so those are cute.

  • 2 june // May 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    hope people don’t mind seeing lots of dust on
    the soon to be dark floors!

  • 3 WildCard45 // Jun 24, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I’m not into fake plants, but I do like the color’s, different tones and shades of browns, etc!

    I’m more of a less type person myself! I don’t like nick nakes or clutter on walls, etc! I like a piece of art work or furniture to become my focus point!

  • 4 Kristen // Nov 6, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Although many of these predictions are probably correct and many already in place. I do think you’re wrong about the baseboards and trim, I don’t think (or hope) they will ever be painted the same as wall (almost as bad as when everyone used to paint their ceiling the same color as the walls even in small rooms). I do think that it will change from white to contrasting the walls in browns, which is already being done and gaining more popularity.

  • 5 Murphy // Jan 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    There are several current trends that I don’t like. Accent walls can go away forever. I don’t like the dark brown furniture and dark flooring. I am more of a cool color person.

  • 6 Cookson // Mar 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I would like to see designers adopt an ease of care to their designs ie. faucets without grooves to clean with a toothbrush. The less time involved for upkeep = time freed up for enjoying your family, home and life on the weekends. Time is valuable. No dusting dark floors for this gal! As far as colour goes….paint is much easier to change than the high ticket items so live a little!

  • 7 Joeygoat // May 12, 2010 at 1:31 am

    With the baby boomers beginning to retire and build homes that can ‘age’ with them, I think there will be an uptick in h/c ready homes. Wider doors, no stairs, my personal favorite from my own h/c update. Wall plugs that are 3 feet above the floor. No more trying to bend over an end table to plug in a lamp.
    I prefer all white walls, but I collect oil paintings, which I move around as to rotate for seasons or just get sick of looking at the same paintings. I have crates that I store the paintings in. I feel like I live in a mini museum, not everyones taste, but it is my home and I don’t plan on moving anytime soon.

    I visited a model apartment, thinking of living there while my home is finishing up (contractor said one month, we are now in month three), I did notice deep heavy brocade fabrics, swags and jabots window dressing. Two inch wood blinds, black kitchen appliances. Walk in closets that are big enough to make into a spare bedroom! One thing I noticed about apartment or condo living is the level of noise. The model apartment is next door to the stinky trash compactor for the entire complex, and you could here the neighbors upstairs, next door, and outside traffic. At $1200 a month for a one bedroom, I did expect more.

  • 8 Joeygoat // May 12, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Oh another ‘trend’ I have seen locally are multi-generational homes. Grandparents, adult children and (grand) children all living in super sized one family homes. The sandwhich generation is combining forces instead of the upkeep of two or more homes. Interesting.

  • 9 Bri // May 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    please tell us the name and brand of the paint colors.

  • 10 Markus Allen // Oct 8, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Die Accent walls, Die!!! Thank you Murphy. You are spot on!

  • 11 Virginia // Oct 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Ahhh…I like accent walls. I have them in my house. I don’t like the dullness of all one shade. But I have learned so much from this site it’s helped me to fix some mistakes. Thanks. 🙂

  • 12 Hint // Mar 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hollywood Regency is in.
    Mid Century Modern is making a come back.
    Palm springs is the source of inspiration.

  • 13 Kaththee // Sep 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I don’t think accent walls go in and out of style. In the right application they are appropriate. In a long narrow room they can anchor the back wall which can get lost. Or in a multifunction space like a great room an accent wall can define an area for a particular activity. Doing an accent for no particular reason was never a good design. I agree that brown is now being replaced by grey. Of course palettes are cooling. Remember whenever one was talking about “warming the space”? Now we are cooling. Colors are lighter and brighter. Silver metals are hot but by the time you see something mass manufactured cheap it is on it’s way out. Brass is back of course and it is so refreshing. Lucite has not yet peaked but will soon. Unfinished wood and lacquered finishes are replacing the half/half silver/gold champagne finishes on traditional pieces. Craftsman has peaked but won’t go away. Hollywood Regency has peaked. I don’t think Mid-Century Modern has peaked. Repurposed Industrial hasn’t peaked yet either. I predict a kind of luxury Steampunk look next which will grow out of Repurposed Industrial. You read it here first. It probably won’t have that name though. Some things never go out of style farmhouse kitchen tables, roll armed tufted sofas, traditional Persian rugs, properly scaled Queen Anne dining chairs, leopard prints and white toilets.

  • 14 Laura // Sep 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I hope brown accent walls stay in style until my next paint job!

  • 15 Becky // Oct 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

    “…contrasted with white outlet covers and white floor boards.” HAHAHAHA!! Contrasted with outlet covers–you are so clever.

  • 16 Kyla // Feb 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Picture #7: Our Master Bathroom looks almost exactly like that! The shower and bathtub are in the same place, and so is the long counter. We have a big window over our tub, too. The walls are a soft green, though. It’s not a bright, neon green though. It’s really calm, and relaxing. It’s a nice bathroom, just like the picture.

  • 17 Anon // Mar 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Oh wow. We just bought a house that looks just like this, complete with brown walls in every single room, chocolate brown curtains, arched doorways, heavy wood furniture, and palm tree borders. Yuck! We have so much repainting to do.

  • 18 CarlsonHomesScottsdale // May 5, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Nice bathroom… looks really luxurious

  • 19 Carlson Homes Scottsdale // May 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Nice Bathroom…Looks really luxurios…
    I love the house…. especially the color… “warm brown” looks relaxing….

  • 20 Anthony // Dec 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    colors in nature you say? NO. Black white gray and any which way you can mix and combine the three, in bold graphic prints on upholstery carpets and wallpaper. Not to forget the bright pops of accents color(s) mixed in. Dark gray walls in charcoal are very in right now, just turn on HGTV

  • 21 Greeney // Feb 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    These all look luxurious. Nothing offensive for my taste. I like brown much better than gray. I like elegant dark furniture. I think everyone needs to be able to decorate according to their own taste, not what’s in style. Every style should be available at all times, to accommodate all tastes.

  • 22 Diana // Apr 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Very interesting! Thank you! And yes for some reason brown is in.

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