The 1980s is associated with excess ... but not quite excessively good taste. It's often too easy to dismiss the decade on the grounds of tackiness rather than find the beauty hidden amongst the oversized valances and dried floral arrangements. Not one to turn down a challenge, we've sifted through many, many images and found plenty of looks (okay, eight) to celebrate.
Sure, lucite is as old as WWII, but the '80s were mad for clear furnishings — like the vintage coffee table from the period found in this recently decorated living room.
2. Bold tables
Perms and shoulder pads weren't the only "big" trends. Strong, angular silhouettes contrasted the often overstuffed elements in a room.
3. Rattan, wicker, and caned furniture
Though we can't vouch for what's going on at the bottom of this chair.
4. Ticking stripe upholstery
It nodded to the French/English country looks popular at the time, along with the craze for all things blue and white.
6. The "contemporary" look
It was the natural progression of the streamlined modern look in the decades before, featuring bold geometric elements and spare, clean lines.
7. Pastel walls
These soft shades just have a soothing quality.
8. Neon accessories
IT's the other side of the '80s coin, as far as colors go. These intense hues crept into the home realm from the runway in surprising ways, like in this living room photo found by .