Trends of the mid-1990s

While Lita was busy launching her new company there was a lot going on in the world of design, fashion, and pop culture. This blog is just a snapshot of the trends of the mid-1990s. Enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Interior Design Trends

From stenciling, to sponge painting, and faux finishes, geometric or floral wallpapers, design in the mid-90s focused quite a bit on the walls.

Other hot interior design trends included adding pops of red, blue, yellow or hunter green to offset the often-neutral color palette.

Washed pine furniture and wood cabinets in the kitchen were also on trend. And, if you spent any time sitting down in the 90s, you most likely sat in at least one piece of wicker furniture.

Other design trends you may remember (or perhaps have blocked out) from the mid-1990s include:

  • Brass fixtures
  • Slipcovers
  • Arched windows
  • Fake plants
  • Wall decals
  • Floral patterns
  • Lots of shapes
  • Damask Wallpaper

Bright geometric shapes helped define the decade.


Fashion Trends

As with all decades, fashion in the 90s was as diverse as the people wearing the clothes. However, if there was one word that could describe that time it would be denim. People wore denim shirts, skirts, dresses, and pants. Often, all at the same time.

Other fashion trends of the mid-1990s include:

  • Crop Tops
  • Grunge (flannels and the like)
  • Platform Shoes
  • Doc Martens
  • Windbreakers
  • Overalls
  • Chokers
  • Layering
  • Vests

Page from Seventeen magazine circa 1995.


Pop Culture

Things change so quickly with pop culture it can be hard to remember that Amazon didn’t exist until 1995 (at which point it only sold books). And if we weren’t glued to the TV watching the OJ Simpson trial we were all doing the “Macarena.” Other things happening 25 years ago include:

Top TV shows

  • ER
  • Friends
  • Seinfeld

Top Movies

  • Clueless
  • Toy Story (Pixar’s first feature-length film was the first computer-animated film in history.)
  • Apollo 13
  • Braveheart (Won best picture!)


  • TLC (“Waterfalls” won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year)
  • Madonna
  • Seal
  • Whitney Houston
  • Mariah Carey
1995 pop culture

Snapshot of 1995 pop culture bible, People magazine.


Those seem like crazy trends in retrospect. It makes one wonder if in another 25 years we’ll look back at some of our current designs and shake our heads in disbelief. Only time will tell!