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INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS IN MIDDLE AMERICA OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS

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

By: Birch & Buffalo Design Team

Modern living room with colorful furniture, large window, and diverse decor elements.
Cozy living room with plants, colorful pillows, large window, and artwork on a light blue wall.

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.

Brixon Wood Art

$149.00

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.

Minimalist living and dining area with neutral tones and wooden furniture.Minimalist living and dining area with neutral tones and wooden furniture.

Olympia Wood Art

$229.00

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.

Modern living room with green walls, cozy seating, glass table, and large window overlooking outdoor patio.Modern living room with green walls, cozy seating, glass table, and large window overlooking outdoor patio.

Georgia Wood Wall Art

$159.00

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.

Cozy living room with wooden walls, a gray sofa, armchair, and a coffee table.Cozy living room with wooden walls, a gray sofa, armchair, and a coffee table.

Bjorn Wood Wall Art

$279.00

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.

Cozy living room with wooden accents, grey sofa, decorative pillows, and a wooden side table.Cozy living room with wooden accents, grey sofa, decorative pillows, and a wooden side table.

Arthur Wood Wall Art

$219.00

Conclusion

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 birchandbuffalo.com to learn more and join the celebration!

Brixon Wood Art

$149.00

One of our top selling pieces, because of its unique and almost simple design. This piece has a lot of flexibility, it is made to be hung anywhere.
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Olympia Wood Art

$229.00

The Olympia design is a beautiful masterpiece of color. It’s modern design and sleek look make a great fit for a variety of locations in your home or office. If you are looking for a unique piece that will turn heads, this is for you!
  • Cut and assembled by hand from oak stock
  • Painted and stained using advanced HVLP spray system
  • This piece comes ready to hang horizontally but can also be displayed vertically. 
  • Ships ready to hang with dust cover backing attached
  • This piece comes in four sizes

Olympia presents a harmonious blend of neutral and earthy tones, with an interplay of slate gray, creamy white, and natural wood shades. This sophisticated palette is complemented by strategic touches of deep charcoal, infusing the piece with depth and modernity. The design themes resonate with both contemporary and rustic aesthetics, effortlessly complementing minimalist spaces or warming up industrial designs. Its versatile colors pair beautifully with a range of palettes, from monochromatic to bold and vibrant interiors.

18x36: This compact size is versatile for both vertical and horizontal placements, making it a perfect addition to smaller spaces. It's ideal for enhancing the ambiance of bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens with a touch of elegance.

21x42: A bit larger, this dimension fits well in medium-sized areas, offering a striking balance between art and space. It's suited for office spaces or dining areas, where it adds a sophisticated focal point.

24x48: This size makes a statement in larger rooms, like living rooms or spacious hallways, commanding attention while complementing the room's existing decor.

30x60: The largest option, designed for grand spaces such as over the mantle in living rooms, large entryways, or commercial spaces, where it can dominate the decor scheme and create an impactful visual center.

Cleo Wood Wall Art

$299.00

This design is inspired from a mix of Southwestern and Ancient Egyptian themes. The design is so versatile it fits with almost any decor. Which makes this a best seller for our customers.

  • Cut and assembled by hand from oak stock
  • Painted and stained using advanced HVLP spray system
  • This piece comes ready to hang horizontally but can also be displayed vertically. 
  • Ships ready to hang with dust cover backing attached
  • This piece comes in three sizes
  • Ships in 2-3 weeks

Monroe Wood Wall Art

$359.00

This design is made from Oak stock. The colors used on this beautiful design are Worn Stain, White, Black Stain, Natural Stain and Gold Paint. This piece offers a nice balance of light and dark colors, which helps it to fit in many decors. 

  • Cut and assembled by hand from oak stock
  • Painted and stained using advanced HVLP spray system
  • This piece comes ready to hang horizontally but can also be displayed vertically. 
  • Ships ready to hang with dust cover backing attached
  • This piece comes in three sizes
  • Great design for over the bed