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10 Interior Decor Trends from Friends That Are Making a Comeback

faithmitchell1 March 13, 2018

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Friends seasons 1-10 is now showing on Netflix. And, even though I have seen every episode at least 3 times, I have taken to watching the full series from start to finish. One thing I didn’t expect to notice this time (except the show’s lack of diversity and some homophobic themes) was how on-trend the apartments are – namely Monica’s as that’s where they spent most of their time. Read on for my list of 10 interior trends from Friends that are making a comeback.

1. Open Shelving
Open shelving is one of the biggest interior trends at the moment, and you can see why. Not only does it increase storage options and make spaces look brighter and more open, but it also allows you to show off your gorgeous dishes – Emma Bridgewater fans unite.

Also, can we just take a second to appreciate the colour of the units – Farrow and Ball’s Vardo springs to mind, they look very similar to @lou_a_watkins kitchen-in-progress (I can’t wait to see the finished article).

2. Open Plan Living

If there’s one thing that every homeowner wants at the moment, it’s open plan living. With most parents’ time spent in the kitchen after work it’s natural that open plan living is popular, allowing families to spend more time together in what would otherwise be spent separated.

Open plan living is also hugely popular for socialising, Monica’s apartment in Friends is the perfect example of how open plan living is perfect for socialising. Who remembers the episode where Phoebe was in charge of ice and cups? It was the perfect space for partying. I can totally vouch for the open plan living, we knocked through our dining room to create a big kitchen/diner and it was the best decision ever.

3. That Apothecary Table

Remember the episode where Rachel bought the table from Pottery Barn and told Phoebe it was from a flea market, only for Ross to buy the same table? Well, that apothecary table kinda rocks my world a little bit.

First of all, it was great for storage. Second of all, I am loving all of the apothecary style furniture pieces around at the moment, particularly these drawers from Swoon Editions. Imagine that apothecary table against whitewashed walls with parquet floors – dreamy.

4. Parquet floors

I have a love affair with floors, and parquet floors come very highly (if not first place) on the list of flooring I swoon over. I can spend hours on Pinterest and Instagram scrolling through before and after photos of parquet being brought back to life.

When we bought our house my one request was that it had hardwood floors, and when we uncovered floorboards in good condition under the swathes of carpet, we spent weeks restoring them. If anyone has ever restored floorboards or parquet themselves, you will totally appreciate how tiring it can be, not only do you spend hours removing staples and hammering in nails, but you also spend hours trying to get used to the sander.

It is for this reason why I absolutely loved the episode where Monica uncovered and polished the floor in Joey and Chandler’s apartment. When they open the door and she’s spinning around? Priceless.

5. Kitsch Accessories (Remember the seashell lamp?)

Remember when Mr Heckles died and Rachel took the seashell lamp because it was tacky AF but also amazing – who else loved that lamp?

I for one, LOVE kitsch accessories, but they are only allowed on my shelves in the living room (the OH doesn’t like clutter as he calls it). Some of my favourite interiors Instagrammers are also lovers of kitsch, namely @_lisa_dawson_, who is such a fan of kitsch accessories she dedicated a whole christmas tree to it (a total dream and can be found here for anyone looking).

Image 1, 2 and 3 – Rob Young via Flickr Image 4 – Product Placement Blog Image 5  – Vesti

6. Panelled Walls

If there’s one thing I think my home is missing, its panelled walls, and Ross’ apartment from Friends has them on point. No wonder Phoebe and Rachel were so excited when they seen it for the first time – I would be jumping up and down if I had them too.

Panelled walls are one of those interior trends so aesthetically pleasing, I often wonder how they became unpopular. One of my personal favourites is @no12thelindens dining room – it is definitely the inspiration for our next project!

7. Bold Wall Colours

All hail the return of bold wall colours! I personally love bold wall colours and I am so happy they’re making a comeback. For a few years it felt that magnolia was the ‘it girl’ of wall colours and no one was willing to change, until now.

Monica’s purple walls, although slightly garish, match her apartments eclectic style perfectly and are a perfect match for Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet. Said to “communicate originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future”, I think everyone should take a leaf out of Monica’s book and introduce bold colours into their homes.

8. Crittall Windows

Did anyone else ever notice that Monica’s window overlooking the roof terrace was crittall perfection? (Also, I can’t say that word without thinking of the ATM vestibule episode with Jill Goodacre…anyone else? No, just me then).

Crittall windows (and doors) are my new love, ever since seeing @lexdenhome kitchen renovation, my heart is set on having an extension with crittall windows leading onto the garden. Another one of my favourites is @homeiswherethepackis kitchen, their crittall extension effortlessly brings the outside in and looks amazing.

9. Exposed brick

Remember the aforementioned open shelving in Monica’s apartment? The fact they were against exposed bring just makes them that little bit better. I think exposed brick is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it and I think a lot of that is down to how you style the area.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t always a convert, however seeing it on @hornsbystyle and @coupleorenovators has completely changed my mind, it is now one of my ‘must have’ elements when we do our next property.

10. Roll top baths

One of my favourite Friends episodes is the one where Monica and Chandler are enjoying a bath and Joey comes in asking if they want any fried chicken. It gets me every time. Monica’s bathroom, by all accounts is a dream, the roll top bath with gold hardware is very on trend.

I absolutely love roll top baths, and some of my favourites include @suszie_saunders and @littleedwardian_73, although our current bathroom wasn’t big enough for one, it’s on my wish list for the next project.


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