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

November 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

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

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  • 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

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