90s trends are hitting our interiors, one more time - Designers reveal how to give them a modern revival

Sex and the City isn't the only '90s craze having a revival – these are five ways to pay tribute to this era throughout your home

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Anybody who spent years following Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte around the East Village will already be well aware that Sex and the City is set to grace our television screens once again. However, this isn't the only nineties trend set to take over our modern homes

Searches for ‘90s interior design trends’ are seeing a 100 percent increase in recent months. But what is the reason for its popularity? 

'With many of us 90's kids now becoming homeowners, it's not surprising to see nostalgic trends and homages to our childhoods creeping into our adult homes,' shares Claire Armstrong-Gautier, the in-house lead designer at My Bespoke Room

So, if you're looking to inject a little Cher Horowitz in your home decor but are clueless as to where you should begin, we suggest following these five expert tips.

1. Go wild with animal printed wallpaper  

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The relationship between fashion and interior trends never did run so close as it does with nineties interiors trends.

'As an iconic era, inspiration from the '90s has been making waves in fashion for the last few years and is set to make its return to interiors too,' begins Rockett St George Co-founder Lucy St George.

'While some things may be best left behind, the bold and playful spirit of the '90s includes some incredible trends that deserve to step back into the limelight. We're big fans of leopard print at Rockett St George and firmly believe that animal prints are a tried-and-tested neutral that will never go out of style,' she adds. 

2. Experiment with neon lights 

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If you think of the '90s, neon lights are never too far behind. It is, therefore, unsurprising that these designers suggest investing in neon lights as one of the easiest ways to celebrate this trend. 

'When it comes to interiors, the 90's style is super playful. Neon signs offer bright bursts of color and are perfect for spring and summer,' says Claire. Her observations are mirrored by Andrew Martin's founder Martin Waller, who shares:

'The current trend for neon lighting highlights the rise of maximalism as a luxury lighting trend.'

'We have an expansive range of light-up neon poster boards to add some high voltage wit and rebellion to your walls,' Martin adds.

3. Invest in wooden kitchen cabinets 

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Why should your kitchen have to miss out on all the nostalgic fun? According to Claire, it shouldn't. 

'We've seen a return of the staple wooden kitchen cabinets. A sleek front paired with a gold or black metal handle offers a fun modern twist on a 90's classic. Marble or terrazzo worktops and a splash of pastel paint on those cabinets will work wonders and really take you back,' she says. 

4. Fill your room with vibrant art and posters  

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Expanding on the enduring appeal of bright neon lights, Lucy expands on the appeal of art prints that add a rainbow kiss to our walls and look undeniably '90s, of course. 

'From wall signs to quirky neon art prints and accessories, neon brings a playful, party atmosphere into the home and creates a sense of carefree fun and creative whimsy that we all need a little more of in our lives after the events of the past year,' she suggests. 

See: Lights fantastic - the vibrant neon trend that is on track to be big news in 2021

5. Embrace Asian fusion 

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While there is a lot to love about the nineties, Martin shares one particular trend that has to be our favorite, Asian fusion 

'A key trend from the 90s is Asian fusion and zen-faced buddhas. The 90s also saw the launch of our Chinese calligraphy-inspired fabric, Tang, which has since migrated all over the world. Neon poster boards and model monochrome bring us into the Millennium' he says. 

Can we imagine our future home decor without at least a few of the timeless trends? Ugh, as if! 

Megan Slack

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, well-being stories, and celebrity-focused pieces.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.