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Interior Design Trends in Middle America Over the Past 30 Years

Interior Design Trends in Middle America Over the Past 30 Years

Journey Through Interior Design Trends in the Heartland: 1990s to Today


As part of our ongoing celebration of home decor, we’re taking a nostalgic trip through the interior design trends that have shaped middle America over the past three decades. From cozy country kitchens to modern minimalist living rooms, join us as we explore how design has evolved and how you can bring these styles into your own home.


The Early 1990s: Cozy Country Comfort

In the early 90s, comfort was king. Homes featured floral patterns, overstuffed furniture, and a charming country style. Oak cabinets and wallpaper borders were staples, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. Earthy tones and rustic charm made every space feel like a cozy retreat.

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    The Late 1990s to Early 2000s: Minimalist Movement

    As we moved into the late 90s and early 2000s, minimalism began to take hold. Clean lines, open spaces, and neutral colors like beige and white dominated interiors. The Scandinavian influence brought light woods and functional furniture, embracing a less-is-more philosophy that created calm and uncluttered spaces.

    The Mid-2000s: Bold and Eclectic

    In the mid-2000s, interior design became a mix of modern and traditional elements. Bold colors, statement pieces, and eclectic mixes were the hallmarks of this era. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances became kitchen essentials, while living rooms showcased a blend of vintage and contemporary styles.

    The Early 2010s: Farmhouse Chic

    The early 2010s saw the rise of farmhouse chic, popularized by DIY culture and HGTV. Shiplap walls, barn doors, and distressed wood furniture became iconic. This trend focused on creating a cozy, lived-in feel with modern twists. Neutral palettes with pops of color and industrial accents added character and charm.

    The Late 2010s to Present: Modern Sustainability

    As we approached the late 2010s, mid-century modern design made a strong comeback. Clean lines, organic shapes, and bold colors returned, accompanied by a focus on sustainability. Eco-friendly materials and biophilic design, which incorporates natural elements like plants and natural light, became essential. Today’s interiors blend classic heartland charm with modern, sustainable elements.


    Interior design in middle America has evolved beautifully over the past 30 years, blending timeless charm with modern innovation. At Birch & Buffalo, we embrace this unique mix with our handcrafted wall decor. We invite you to explore our collection and enter our giveaway for a chance to bring a piece of heartland style into your home. Visit to learn more and join the celebration!