As we move from the mid-20th century into the new millennium, the allure of previous eras is replaced with a certain longing nostalgia, especially to before the 2007 crash!
The ‘noughties’ saw a number of interior design trends which we are still seeing the impact of today. All of a sudden, tired old box televisions were replaced with cool, slim flat screens, while the inflatable furniture of the 90s was thankfully replaced with Ikea’s trademark flat pack designs. Computers also started to make their way into people’s homes, bringing with them a wealth of inspiration that would transform the way we approach home improvements.
Here are a few of our favourite home improvement trends from the 2000s!
It seemed that people in the 2000s were eager to bring the ‘professional’ look into their kitchens, whether or not they spent much time actually cooking! Stainless steel countertops, units and appliances become far more commonplace, as did those dreaded oversized stainless steel faucets.
While half of us chose stainless steel, the other half opted for granite, whether for countertops, splashbacks or tiles. Plain black, speckled or matted, it just seemed to be everywhere!
During the 2000s, more and more people began to have computers in their homes. This, along with the growing importance of the internet, gave birth to one of the most common rooms in modern properties: the home office.
What started out as simply the ‘computer room’ became a modern replacement for the traditional study, with more and more of us taking the opportunity to use our computers to browse or work from home. Computers also started to make their way inside other prominent rooms, such as living or dining rooms. It may have loosened the definition of what certain rooms in the house were for, but it made one thing certain: computers were now an all-important feature for the home!
If it were possible to pin down when the current era of slim and sleek home-technology really began, it would probably be around the time in the 2000s that flat screen TVs first began to enter our homes. Gone were oversized box televisions which could just as easily serve as tables or shelves, in favour of wall-mounted flat screens, often accompanied by full home theatre systems.
This certainly wasn’t confined to the living room; in fact, these relatively compact TVs were easy to install almost anywhere in the house. At the time, this was also a big sign of your wealth. If your mate had a flat screen in the master bedroom, you knew he had it made!
Outdoor living spaces are a common feature nowadays, but it wasn’t until the noughties that we truly started to see their appeal. Lawns started to be replaced with garden decking and patios, which in turn became dotted with outdoor tables, chairs and even commercial style heaters.
This is one trend which has continued to evolve and grow in popularity. We now treat patios as a far more standard feature for gardens, while items like fire pits and brick BBQs have become much more common.
One of the biggest breaks between the 2000s and the previous decade was the departure from ‘modern’ minimalism. People were once again bringing colour and comfort into their homes, but more than that they were also looking for ways to give their homes a personal touch.
The drive for personalisation surfaced in several areas. The British continued to go mad for Ikea furniture, with an incredible 6,000 people storming the Edmonton branch during its 2005 opening. We also developed a taste for what would become one of biggest design trends of today: Upcycling!