Living Rooms Through The Decades

Over the years, interior designs and trends have constantly evolved and influenced the way homeowners are decorating their living spaces. To celebrate 6 decades since Habitat started trading, we have taken a trip down memory lane and looked at how the UK’s living room styles have changed from the 60s till now, highlighting new or evolving styles. As interior design trends continue to grow and adapt, more people are looking for ways to improve their own home.

Highlighted below are some standout trends from the past 60 years to follow when looking for inspiration.

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The 60s saw the birth of the flatpack living room and brought a European style – Habitat was one of the first retailers to bring this to the masses in the UK. Furniture design began to change and designers started experimenting with new materials such as plastics. This material came in vibrant colours and allowed the creation of new shapes and styles.


The 70s saw interior designs with bolder colours and exciting new shapes. Trendier prints and patterns began to weave into the colour schemes of the decade. Bright colours and flowers were common, and pieces often featured geometric and floral print designs.


The 80s were a time of self-expression and was one of the most colourful decades. Inspired by bold colours and preppy styles, bright colours were the norm.


After a decade of modern influence, this then switched to 90s minimalism. The vibrant colours of the 80s began to settle down and return to more muted styles. There was also a rise in coastal calm spaces.


With pop culture on the rise, people started to want homes with futuristic and modern style feature pieces. Times were evolving, along with interior trends to match this new era. Eclecticism was introduced in the 2000s – mixing different branded products and antiques alongside modern pieces as more homeware retailers opened.


Where some interior trends end with the decade, some adapt and alter with up and coming trends. Modern styles were evolving. The popularity of plain white and nude colours for walls allowed more focus on furniture colours.


In 2020 and beyond it is expected for people to embrace segmented rooms and create a space that feels engaging for one purpose, and separate from the rest of the home. More modular and small space opportunities are rising, with an eco-friendly outlook.