Then and Now: Today’s home vs. the 1990’s

Most Real Estate professionals will agree that home designs changed drastically from 1985 to 1990. Shake roofs, popcorn ceilings, wood siding, and single-paned aluminum windows gave way to their counterparts: spanish tiled roofs, flat textured ceilings, stucco exteriors, and vinyl double paned windows.

Toward the end of the 1990’s, wet bars were removed, tiled countertops gave way to bull-nosed granite tops, and sharp corners of walls were replaced by rounded corners.

Fast forward to 2014: Home builders and remodelers are taking styling cues from elements that usually went into high-rise condos. Here are a few examples:

Then: rounded edges of granite countertops with square tiled flooring.
Then: rounded edges of granite countertops with square tiled flooring. Dark colors for countertops were common along with square tiled flooring.
Now: square-edged granite tops with staggered long planked flooring.
Now: square-edged granite tops with staggered long planked flooring made from either wood or tile designed to have wood-like look.
THEN: Wet bars had a countertop with a small sink. Unlike the one in this photo, they often had a mirrored background.
THEN: Wet bars had a countertop with a small sink. Unlike the one in this photo, they often had a mirrored background.
NOW: Having wine on display gives home a high end feel without the trashy association with liquor. Many are turning to wine racks or wine refrigerators when remodeling the space where a wet bar once occupied.
NOW: Having wine on display gives off a high end feel without the trashy association with liquor. Many are turning to wine racks or wine refrigerators when remodeling the space where a wet bar once occupied.
THEN: White or light neutral-colored walls would dominate rooms. One color was good enough.
THEN: White or light neutral-colored walls would dominate rooms. One color was good enough.
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NOW: Contrasting colors and paneled walls.
NOW: Contrasting colors create depth and can make a room feel larger.
NOW: Contrasting colors create depth and can make a room feel larger. Bright shades of orange and green are common in the color palette.

If you’re ever short on ideas, look no further than the model homes in your area. The home builders pay top dollar to some of the best interior decorators in the industry. Take plenty of photos.

 

 

 

 

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