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6 Decorating Trends From The '90s That We Still See In Our Homes

Because, as Monica says in Friends: "Welcome to the real world!"

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Photography: screencap from Friends on Youtube

If your memories of the 1990s are as hazy as the last episode of Seinfeld (though that TV show still runs on Netflix), then the style of the ’90s should not live on in your interiors.

However, we occasionally encounter some of these remnants of the 20th century in our friends’ and readers’ homes! In our ultimate throwback, we give you a roundup of these '90s “icons.” Do you still have these lurking in your living rooms?

CD towers

In this era of Spotify, we wonder where these ubiquitous CD towers go to die (we used to have a dozen of these, to keep up with our collections). The answer is in this Instagram post: “to the CD tower graveyard” in flea markets.

Glass blocks

This transparent-but-not-really divider (that is a leftover trend of the 1980s) has been the cool building material of many a design student in the 1990s. You can still use glass blocks in interiors, but in moderation, and with updated furniture.

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Lava lamps

This is the home décor that has been already been resurrected once since its invention in '60s. Please—not again—unless you have a serious psychedelic theme in mind.

Plaid sofas

Plaid upholstery is cozy and comforting, like your lola’s sofa. But when done right (i.e., in more up-to-date shades like gray and beige), plaid patterns can be timeless.

Peach, blue, and forest green

Once the staple of 1990s showrooms worldwide, this strange, high-contrast color combination screams country kitsch. There are, however, new ways to use the color peach—use with white, Millennial pink, and neutrals (or click the article below).

READ: 6 Delightful Photos of Peach Interiors

“Shabby Chic” style

Whitewashed walls and cotton slipcovers, slightly distressed furniture, and pink peonies are the hallmarks and creations of British author and stylist Rachel Ashwell (her wildly popular furniture business is alive and well). Disclaimer: this particular style has evolved with the times, and when done right, looks perfectly fine in the 21st century.

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MAIN PHOTO: Screencap from Friends on Youtube

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