August 13, 2022

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Forget Mediocre Fashion

Y2K Aesthetic Ideas for the Generation That Lived Through It

Picture this: It’s the year 2000 and Brad Pitt has been voted as People’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” Oprah just launched O, the Oprah Magazine. Limewire is the go-to tool for downloading music, and “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child is a massive hit on the Billboard charts. Your childhood bedroom is your sanctuary, where the grunge of the early ’90s has been replaced by retrofuturism and maximalist decor—the colors are bright, the furniture is psychedelic, and the vibe is very Y2K.

Twenty-something years later and we’ve come full circle as Y2K style is trending again, mostly thanks in part to the rise of TikTok and Gen Z celebrities like Olivia Rodrigo repopularizing styles and looks from the year 2000. The intense minimalism popularized in the late 2010s had to go at some point, and that the resurgence of interest in psychedelic, over-the-top decor popular in the Y2K era is a natural response to this.

The rise of the Y2K aesthetic leaves many of us millennials who experienced the era firsthand wondering what to do with this trend. Do we take it, leave it, or is there something in between? For those who are longing to incorporate a bit of nostalgia into their decor without resorting to full-blown Y2K mania, we’ve curated some of our favorite trends within the genre that can easily be explored by even the most hesitant thirtysomething. Here are four of our favorite Y2K trends to sprinkle a blast from the past into your grown-up home.

Loud color

A big part of 2000s decor was a combination of ’70s nostalgia and retrofuturism—a movement in the creative arts showing the influence of depictions of the future produced in an earlier era. This led to the rich colors of the ’70s, like tangerine, lime, and hot pink being mixed with shiny chromes and icy blues straight out of a sci-fi film. While incorporating all these colors into your palette at once may strike fear in the heart of many a millennial, each of these hues work great as an accent to bring new life and energy into your space.

Lime

Turner Throw Blanket in Lime

Halen Woven Pillow in Lime

Tangerine

Safari Striped Square Throw Pillow

Orange Glossy Contact Wallpaper by Burke Decor

Staggered Striped Chenille Woven Jacquard Square Throw Pillow

Hot Pink

Oversize Plaid Poly Filled Square Throw Pillow

Flash Furniture Oversized Bean Bag Chair for Kids and Adults

Polyester Juantia Square Throw Pillow Hot Pink

Petitt Microfiber Modern & Contemporary Comforter Set

Oversize Solid Square Throw Pillow

Icy Blue

Chrome/Metallic

mDesign Modern Industrial Side Table with Storage Shelf

Signature Design by Ashley Braddoni Contemporary Round End Table with Clear Glass Top, Chrome

mDesign Vertical Standing Bathroom Shelving Unit Tower with 3 Baskets

Patterns to the max

Maximalism and loud decor were wildly in vogue in the late ’90s and early 2000s. In the era of Ed Hardy, where fashion was characterized by intersecting textures and statement patterns, the world of decor also saw the popularization of prints with strong personalities, like animal print and psychedelic motifs (think smiley faces and mushrooms). Though the combination of these patterns might feel dizzying in hindsight, we could all do with a little bit of energy infused into our bouclé- and plywood-clad homes. Here are some 2000s-era patterns and textures to try at home.

Animal Prints

Cicely Brown Leopard Skin Wallpaper

Zebra Wallpaper in Gold and Pink from the Watercolor Florals Collection by Mayflower Wallpaper

’70s and Psychedelic

Doodle By Meg Rainbow Mushrooms Art Print

Valley Cruise Press Midnight Bloom Woven Throw Blanket

Comfort Furniture

Y2K furniture was all about comfort (or the appearance of comfort)—butterfly chairs, bean bag furniture, and inflatables could be spotted in the rooms of the coolest kids on the block. You might even attribute our culture’s obsession with the Togo chair and sofa to subconscious bean bag nostalgia. These pieces were over-the-top, bursting with personality, and often inexpensive. We love the idea of contrasting more elegant pieces with the down-to-earth, youthful energy of these Y2K styles, even if we’re leaning toward more grown-up versions.

Bean Bag Chairs

Modern Minimalist Lines Mudcloth Boho Lounger

Majestic International Vertical Stripe Bean Bag Lounger

Inflatables

Air Candy Inflatable City Style Chairs

the CLOUD CH(AIR) in PINK SKIES

Butterfly Chairs

Rustic Cow Hide Leather and Iron Accent Chair White – Olivia & May

Butterfly Chair Brown Leather

Pieces with something to say

Perhaps the most concentrated levels of wacky Y2K design were found in design accents, like lava lamps, an abundance of pillows, and hanging everything (beaded curtains, canopies, etcetera). We see this desire for energetic decor coming back into vogue with the ubiquitous squiggly furniture trend that’s taken over the internet, though there’s a lot more to be explored by looking back to the year 2000. Here are some statement pieces to hang as you slide that Britney Spears CD back into your old boombox.

Oddball Lamps

RSPD Brteyes 13 Inch Lava Lamp

Teddy Bear Glass Table Lamp

Soft and Furry

Poly Filled Faux Mongolian Fur Throw Pillow – Saro Lifestyle

MIULEE Decorative Faux Fur Throw Pillow Cover

OYIMUA Faux Fur Square Throw Pillow Cover Set of 2

Hanging Out

36″ x 72″ Rainbow Colorful Hippie Beaded Curtain

Twinkle Star Bed Canopy for Single to King Size Beds (White)