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

November 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Design Through the Decades - Part 37

Window design in the 1990s in Phoenix was cookie-cutter due to the frenzied pace of construction.  No innovative designs emerged in the 1990s.  However, dual-pane windows became standard.

Since eaves were usually minimal or absent in these homes, most 1990s windows were covered up by sun screens.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a 1993 Phoenix home with sun screens.  The protruding window was a common architectural design in the 1990s.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Extra styrofoam and stucco create a pop-out effect around windows, shown at this 1997 Phoenix home, again with sun screens.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

In the 1980s, windows had black plastic or metal strips across a single pane to create a multi-pane look.  In the 1990s, the color switched to white, as seen in this 1990 Phoenix home.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

As far as window coverings go, fabric curtains from the 1950s to the 1980s were shown the door.  In the 1990s, it was all about the 3/4″ plastic or metal mini-blind.  And mostly white.  On a rare occasion, a valance (very 1980s) was hung to add color.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

More mini-blinds, this time with a paper covering in an accordion pattern.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Plastic wood blinds showed up in the 1990s too.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sometimes the blinds were made of oak.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Vertical blinds with a fabric finish were a leftover design from the 1980s.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

But most vertical blinds in the 1990s were plastic.
1990s windows Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Coming Up:  Will windows in the 2000s copy the 1990s or go back to another decade for inspiration?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Greeney // Feb 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    The only window treatment I dislike is the 50s, 60s, 70s pinch pleated drapery. It was brutal to put them on, even worse to try to fix when one of the weird hooks fell out. All other types of window treatments are all right.

  • 2 Greeney // Mar 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    You have such lovely homes from the 80s to the present day. Bright, spacious, with beautiful architectural details, opulent…I love clean, fresh, new, airy homes with modern architectural details.

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