Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1980s Home Décor - Part 2

January 13th, 2009 · 10 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 75

Part 2 of 2: What was home décor and interior design like in Phoenix in the late 1980s?  The pastels and creamy colors took over, such as mauve, rose, salmon, peach, and seafoam green.  Brass accents appeared.  Flexstone texture was added to furniture and decorations.  Paint splash wallpaper and parquet flooring.  Because 1980s home décor is so distinctive, many homeowners today are remodeling their homes for a fresher look. Here’s a great web article titled “How To De-80s Your House.”

Let’s take a closer look at the late 1980s in Phoenix homes, starting with a 1987 Phoenix home.  Pinks and greens.  Berber carpet.  Pouf window valances.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades 

Hunter green was extremely popular in the 1980s as seen at this 1987 Phoenix home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Mirrors with a geometric design, brass & glass table, and pillows with heavy fringe were very 1980s.  This is a 1986 Scottsdale, Arizona home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Floral pattern couches and chairs were big in size and popularity in the late 1980s.  From a 1988 Phoenix home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Floral wallpaper and parquet flooring.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bright blues and turquoise combined with other bright colors made an impact in the late 1980s, especially as a Southwest motif.  This is a 1988 Glendale, Arizona home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The Southwest theme was used in many Phoenix area homes in the 1980s.  The couches, lamps, paintings, drapes, rugs, & decorations were all connected.  This is a 1989 Peoria, Arizona home.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Dried flowers were all the rage in the late 1980s.  They work well with the Southwest décor, right?
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This 1989 Tempe, Arizona home shows off the pale green drapes, the knobby wood dining set, and the wood laminate inlay table.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

One final photo of typical 1980s home décor and interior design in Phoenix homes.
1980s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Tags: Design Through the Decades · 1980s · Home Décor

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jo B // Mar 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Hi there - love these eighties images the colours take me right back. I’m looking for those hideous retro 80s pictures which had women wearing large hats on the phone or just shots of high heeled shoes. They were usually in red and gray and black.

    Any help I’d be very grateful. Great site have recommended it to some of my friends

    Jo B

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  • 3 Murphy // Jan 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Gag me with the 80s decor!

  • 4 Monde Nalishebo Kalaluka // May 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    pretty and warm…if any more ideas on cottage-decros pls let me know!!

  • 5 Cozy Your Home » Blog Archive » Say Good-bye to 1985 Window Treatments // Oct 15, 2010 at 8:24 am

    […] This article from Ugly House Photos might have been in our own little condo, but it wasn’t. Still, it looks awfully familiar. They have some other great examples in this article, “Design through the Decades,” on 1980s style. […]

  • 6 Chris // Nov 30, 2010 at 8:02 am

    What a lot of people don’t know is that the 80s were influenced by the Art Deco period of the 20s and 30s. You can see some of it in the geometric shapes, graphic design, and pastel colors, but because it was mostly clueless middle class people doing it, you ended up with this hot wannabe mess.

  • 7 Kyla // Feb 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Those geometric mirrors are very odd to me. They really put a negative to any room. And, seriously, were Hunter Green walls really EVER in style?

  • 8 Kyla // Feb 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    @ Murphy: I couldn’t have said it better myself! :)

  • 9 Amber // Apr 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    @ Jo B: You might be thinking of Patrick Nagel, one of the most popular contemporary artists of home decor in the 1980s! If not, his art sounds similar to what you’re looking for.

  • 10 Greeney // Mar 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    When done properly, the 80s Art Deco was beautiful. Some people put their own twist on it to ruin it. I forget what you call those voodoo dolls that a lot of the 80s pics have, but I’ve never seen them or any other Southwest stuff around here. They ruin the spirit of the Art Deco decade. The parquet floor fad died here in the late 60s, never to be seen again. Oak hardwood planks were in during the 80s here, as well as plush carpets in grey, cream, rose, fuchsia, brown and mint. Pastels, brass, clear etched glass, luxurious comfort, feminine whimsy, Art Deco glamour….that’s what the 80s were meant to be.

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