Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1990s Fireplaces

November 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Design Through the Decades - Part 31

Fireplaces in Phoenix, Arizona had different purposes over the decades.  In the 1950s, they were for warmth.  In the 1960s, for design.  In the 1970s, for dominance (they took over the room).  In the 1980s, for conversation & gathering.

By the 1990s, Phoenix fireplaces became the forgotten stepchild.  If someone wanted a fireplace, fine, they got one, but it was small, camouflaged, or put in a corner.

Here’s a typical fireplace of the 1990s.  White walls, white paint, white tile surround.  No hearth.  No mantel.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1990 Phoenix home.  Everything’s white.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Still white in 1994.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another fireplace in 1994.  Wow, there’s some color, but notice how the fireplace just blends into the room.  It’s not set up for furniture to be arranged around it.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The gigantic entertainment niche reduces the prominence of the fireplace in this 1996 Phoenix home.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This 1997 home threw the fireplace in the corner.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Just a wallflower at the dance of life in 1998.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sometimes a 1990s fireplace was reduced in size and put at an angle so no one would have to look at it.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Why even bother having a fireplace?  Where would you place furniture?  Can’t put anything to the right, because the dining is there.  Can’t put it to the left, because there’s a door.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Simple design element of 99-cent eight inch tile surround.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Outdoor fireplaces in the 1990s were rare.  Most people bought clay chimineas or portable firepots.  This beehive fireplace is from a 1995 Carefree, Arizona home.
1990s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Coming Up:  Wait ’til you see what happened to Phoenix fireplaces in the 2000s.

Tags: Fireplace · Design Through the Decades · 1990s

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alethea // Apr 15, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for all these comprehensive pics. I’ve randomly needed pics from the 90’s of living rooms on and off for a few years and have had so much trouble finding era specific images. Was thrilled to come across this. All the best

  • 2 Erin // Dec 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    This post was exactly what I needed! My husband and I are house hunting in Phoenix and I despise homes built in the 1990s/2000s style. Being from PHX, I can peg a house the second I see it for a 1990s track home; he, however, is from Virginia and had no concept of what a “1990s house” looked like. This helped to provide the visuals and I learned a thing or two to boot!

  • 3 Alisha C. // Jul 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    @Alethea: You too? Wow, I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s been looking up these kinds of pictures lol. I’m writing a story that starts in 1996. I actually grew up during the ’90s, but some of the things I remember just feel like a vague memory to me, so I’m glad to find pictures like these and know that I wasn’t just dreaming. This blog might mostly be dedicated to homes around the Phoenix area (I live in Louisiana), but some of this stuff was EVERYWHERE in the mid-’90s. The posts on pools, bathrooms and general design features in particular really jogged my memories as well as gave me a good laugh over the things we used to think were stylish (and will probably be stylish again in 10 years).

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