Each decade has its own home fashion trends; some we remember with fondness, others make us laugh. But if you’re a landlord, interior design is a serious matter – it can mean the difference between a successful let and prolonged void periods.
If you’re intending to let a property, take a step back and view it as someone looking to rent might. Unlike buyers, tenants don’t have the freedom to redecorate their new home to their own taste, which is why a neutral palette, boring as it might seem, works best. To maximize your rental, you should also aim to update your décor every few years.
Here is a reminder of the retro styles which, sadly, won’t pass muster on today’s rental market.
1960s – Groovy Good Looks
As well as The Beatles, miniskirts and flower power, the Sixties brought in great social and cultural change. The décor of our homes reflected the new-found freedom of the younger generation and is instantly recognisable due to its strong colours and patterns linked to the era’s hippie culture.
Sixties interior must-haves: avocado kitchens and bathrooms, vibrant colours with deliberate clashing, eccentric lighting and faux wood panelling.
1970s – Bold and Beautiful
The Seventies were an interesting time for style and design. Thanks to a change in mortgage laws, more people than ever were able to buy their own homes, fuelling a passion for DIY and personalisation.
Seventies interior must-haves: wall-to-wall carpeting (not even the bathrooms escaped), Artex ceilings, heavily stylised print wallpapers in orange and gold hues, pine kitchen cabinets and whirlpool tubs.
1980s – Powerful Personality
The world of Eighties’ interior design is a richly complex one, from metallic accents to striking angles and curves. Reflective surfaces, achieved with materials such as mirror, chrome and glass, were used to visually enlarge a room.
Eighties interior must-haves: pastel prints and chintz textiles, laminate or vinyl flooring, mirror-fronted wardrobes, wallpaper borders, ‘swags and tails’ curtains, brass fixtures and fittings.
1990s – Less is More
With life speeding up and an increase in dual-income households, interior design became all about minimalism, where beige and white ruled. Open space, sleek lines and geometric contours mirrored the fast-paced lifestyle that began to take hold as a cultural reality. Low-maintenance anything, including hard-surface flooring, self-cleaning ovens and high-powered dishwashers, was in vogue.
Nineties interior must-haves: neutral carpets and décor in general, all the latest kitchen gadgets to include dishwashers and microwaves, shaker style kitchen units, double glazing, tiled kitchen and bathroom flooring.
Noughties – Individual Stamp
Our Noughties homes were characterised by a more individual and comfortable feel, introducing colour, thrift and green living. From feature walls to vintage boho chic and retro restyling – cool but cold minimalism was almost a thing of the past.
Noughties interior must-haves: feature walls, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms, marble and granite worktops, mod cons such as under floor heating, stainless steel fixtures and fittings.
Now – Added Extras
2016’s interior must-haves include ‘up-to-date’ kitchens and bathrooms, hi-speed wifi connection and surround sound media, real wood flooring, efficient heating and water systems.
However, installing additional bonus items, such as built-in wine fridges, coffee machines and wood burning stoves, where possible can be a way of setting your house apart from the competition.