The Best and Worst Home Trends of the 2000s

By Kealia Reynolds

The 2000s: enter Britney and Justin’s budding romance, Trading Spaces, and first-generation iPods. Let’s also not forget about some of the more popular home trends of this period, like the rise of McMansions, Tuscan kitchens, and flea market finds that should’ve been left at the flea market. While there are a few home trends from the 2000s that we absolutely love, there are some we’d rather leave in the past.

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Trend we love: stainless steel appliances

A kitchen staple of the 2000s, stainless steel appliances were used in excess with granite countertops. They were often found in stadium kitchens (kitchens that look like they could belong on a television cooking show) which were often found in McMansions. From ovens and refrigerators to microwaves and freezers, these professional-grade stainless steel appliances were mainly just for show.

Why we love it

Though stainless steel appliances do give off a more industrial look, their neutral tone complements most kitchen styles. Whether you have a smaller, more traditional kitchen with natural, wooden cabinets or a more modern design with marble countertops, stainless steel appliances work. They’re extremely easy to clean, are germ-resistant, and last for a long time because of their quality materials.

Trend we want to leave behind: “Tuscan” kitchens

It’s not just Tuscan-style kitchens that we want to leave in the past; it’s any faux Tuscan-style décor, really. We saw an emergence of Tuscan kitchens in way too many homes in the 2000s and now we’re scarred. Instead of actually studying what makes the Tuscan style so unique (like the history and culture behind the style or the actual materials used), we reduced the look to a few elements that made the entire theme gaudy and unoriginal: Travertine tiles. Granite countertops (again). Terra cotta flooring. We’ll pass on all of it.

Why it needs to go

Faux Tuscan kitchens were the epitome of trying too hard. We’ll take a light, airy space over a dark, faux-Italian villa any day.

Trend we love: Edison light bulbs

Though these bulbs are less energy efficient than LED lights, there are some brands that actually have LED filaments, making them a more efficient option.

Why we love it

We can’t get enough of the hip, vintage vibe these light bulbs give off. We also love the form and function of this trend: from soft, subtle lighting in your bedroom to balcony lights that illuminate your entire porch to a single bulb over your favorite reading chair, Edison light bulbs are here to stay.

For more inspiration, see how the homeowners of this traditional Charlotte house incorporated Edison light sconces throughout their home.

Trend we want to leave behind: granite countertops

As we’ve previously mentioned, granite was just about everywhere in the 2000s. From the island to the countertops to the wall backsplashes, granite was the one material that made kitchens overbearing.

Why it needs to go

There are so many prep top surfaces out there that are not nearly as busy: marble, soapstone, Corian, quartz, recycled glass, and even concrete. All of these can give your kitchen more of a minimalist modern feel.

Trend we love: open kitchens

Unlike the dark, closed-off kitchens of the 2000s, most modern and contemporary kitchens built in the 2000s used an open concept style.

Why we love it

We’re familiar with this trend from HGTV shows like Fixer Upper and pretty much every other home show (we’re looking at you, House Hunters fans), and honestly, we just love how this renovation opens up a space. While an open concept will require a professional renovation, we think it’s absolutely worth it if you don’t currently have one.

Trend we want to leave behind: ferns

I honestly don’t know why this was such a big trend in the 2000s. Or why it’s coming back now. Out of all the house plants you could choose from, ferns seem to have the least character and require the most care. They depend on frequent waterings, and when they start to grow, you’ll need to buy a watering can with a longer spout to water the center of the plant.

Why it needs to go

Ferns can be extremely cumbersome and maintenance-heavy. Not to mention, they drop leaves everywhere. If you want a larger plant to fill your space or one that requires lower maintenance, try a spider plant or Christmas cactus.

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