East Coast Radio House and Garden Show celebrates 40 years of trends

The East Coast Radio House and Garden Show celebrates its 40th anniversary as the country’s longest-running and largest consumer home event of the year.

The ECR Home & Garden Show celebrates its 40th anniversary

From bold colours, minimalist interiors, and wallpaper backgrounds to eco-conscious interiors – the past four decades have revolutionized our homes and gardens to the point where we’ve seen it all!

This year, the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show celebrates its 40th anniversary as the country’s longest-running and largest consumer home event.

“For the past 40 years, we have always endeavored to provide a platform for the home, outdoor and decor industries to bring the latest shows and trends to the public and this year it will be no different with nearly 400 exhibitors scheduled to participate and an average attendance of 80,000 expected. It is always exciting to be at the forefront of the latest designs and trends. In the home and garden space, but it’s also fun to think about the past four decades to remember what came before – the good, the bad and the “different”,” shares Clive Shedlock, owner of H&G Expo.

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Home and decor setbacks

As in fashion, home trends come and go, but according to East Coast Radio House + Garden Show Director Cairey Baxter-Bruce, there are always a few key elements they notice coming back.

“Stainless steel and rose gold are being replaced by the 1980s favorite in appliances, faucets, and kitchen fixtures. Trinkets come out of cabinets and are displayed rather than hidden away,” shares Baxter-Bruce.

  • Ware is brought back to the 1980s, where bold colors and excessive decor were the rage with housewives the world over.
  • Deep sofa pieces and brass fixtures were staples during this decade.
  • The 1990s saw the minimalism movement.
  • Many homes break into stained linen for white and neutral colors to design a cozy home.
  • Entering the new millennium, we’ve seen modern and contemporary living appear in the 2000s with green, flat and symmetrical design. Concrete floors, floating stairs, and home office canopies were rendered on a more prominent level.
  • Our homes now have large entertainment centers to watch the latest shows and metro backsplash tiles in our bathrooms.
  • Mason jar decor has arrived and we also use faux fur in most of our living areas. This decade focused on innovation as the open spaces we’ve come to know and love.
  • 2010 focused on the modern, detailed look more than anything else. With climate change in mind, millennials focused on a clean look that included all-white kitchens, accent walls and bold patterns including chevrons and florals. Matte black has risen in popularity and rose gold has found its place in the world among the decor on coffee tables, desks, and even faucets.

Home and Garden: Here and Now

The beginning of the 2000s saw a major shift in how we coped with the pandemic that inspired change in many home spaces. As one of the main exhibitors at this year’s East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, POP Interior Design Studio will showcase its design vision for 2022.

Also high on the agenda is the trend of luxury home planning and designs.

“The need for resilience and therefore resilient living has come to the fore during the lockdowns we have faced. We have had to look at the spaces we live in, how these spaces promote healing, how they encourage us to let go, connect with them, move through them, and hold on close. We are back. To the Basics – for Shelter, Feed, and Gathering,” shares Gisele Ferreira, co-founder of POP Interior Design Studio (PDS).

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