1980s cocaine decor is the interior design trend we need right now
Most people are proud of where they live and want a home with aesthetic appeal. Generation Y, on the other hand, need a. We are addicted to atmospheric creation, candlelight fantasy spaces that look good in real life, and even better on Instagram (although we’ll never admit it). Over the past decade, the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic has made our design sensibilities the epitome of cool. But as you may have heard, we’re in the middle of a change of mood, and it’s time to give the people a new (retro) aesthetic to take the throne. There’s a clear direction that we mood-hungry people should pivot in: 1980s Cocaine Decor.
If MCM gave us Slimy legs on our credenzas, and looked great with muted millennial color palettes, terrazzo countertops, and teak chairs, and then Cocaine Decor pulled the rug out from under us for the last hour of the game, knocked its ashtray into the process and dimmed the lights low. It’s a design aesthetic rooted in dramatic, slippery furniture, and possessing the sexiness of a carefree mustachioed horndog in a Versace bathrobeall with weird OG lighting Ghost hunters. Think scarface, Renaissance Art DecoLucite and Sharon Stone furniture in Casino… or Primary instinct…or just about anything. If MCM decor was about feeling comfortable and uncluttered, then Cocaine Decor is about showing off and turning up the volume on El Chapo’s form, color and energy. One of the best social media accounts covering this trend is Twitter @CocaineDecor (exactly what it sounds like), which was founded in the summer of 2020 to serve us all of the neon-lit Miami nights we’ve been longing for.
Frankly, we expected a change in traditional interior design. “Mid-Century Modern can never truly go out of style,” says @CyberExBoyfriendwhich has received more than 8 million likes on TikTok for its steamy sets (and for beautifully roasted McMansions). “But when it’s on every millennial mom blogger’s Instagram explore page as well as their feed, it gets a little tired.” Admittedly, he continues, the glass tables and Art Deco corners of Cocaine Decor are a little less family-friendly than a bouffant roll sofa. But that’s the point: no babies here, man. Only babies. “Cocaine Decor offers a blast from a happier time: images of wildly enthusiastic brass and black lacquer built-in cabinets or all-marble and mirrored bathrooms,” says a 2021 QG article. The play anticipated America’s renewed and dizzying obsession with aesthetics, sniffing its presence in everything from the changing mood in stores such as CB2 to the neon-lit Super Bowl 2021 halftime show with The weekendall leading to increased demand for “coffee tables in tessellated travertine and glass and monstrous sofas in white leather from Italy,” the author concluded.
The Consumer Aesthetics Research Institute (CARI) identifies it as a sugar booger fueled embodiment of the energy of times of plenty that flourished in the 1980s and describes it as “a blend of Art Deco [and] Streamline Modern revivals that emerged primarily in the mid-1970s; and peaked in the 1980s and early 1990s,” inspired by everything from new wave and punk music to drug trafficking chaos and Reagan-era hedonism. It’s elegant, but it’s overkill. It’s oversized decor, golden palm fronds and glass blocks; salmon-colored carpet, and doric columns destined to display nothing more than your parliaments and an ice cold martini.
Why now? On the one hand, as a reflexive response to the confines of COVID. Cocaine Decor is the kind of smoldering, uncorked sex appeal we’ve been craving during the pandemic, when the asceticism of lockdown has left us wanting more, not less. The deprivation of social pleasures that we have experienced during quarantine and in the tumultuous times that followed have left a void that only an aesthetic with black lacquer, tiger patterns and shag carpets can fill – or, better Again, host our orgy. It’s a reminder that our everyday objects shouldn’t just function in our space, but give us a serotonin blast with every cheeky pattern and ambitious, over-the-top approach to proportions. Plus, we’re voracious decorating assholes. During the early pandemic lockdowns, there was a massive increase in DIY projects and decorating trends that did well on social media and made us feel more alive from the confines of our railroad flats ( sup, foam mirrors). We know, we know— your home is a sanctuary. But, YOLO, this should also be your park.
If you’re ready to turn your own home into a cocaine den of light, medium, or epic proportions, here are some of our favorite designer pieces to get the look, from sleek coffee tables and mirrors to full-fledged vanity sets. and more. .
Cantilever coffee tables
Can you fuck on your coffee table? If the answer is no, then it’s not Cocaine Decor. We love the composite wood look of this World’s Away sledge table, which just calls for an amber ashtray and a stack of vintage Playboy magazines. Glass and lucite are also hot right now, as is a solid marriage of MCM minimalism and 1980s aesthetics.
Think of the revival of Art Deco, always
Your home should look like a villain smoking long cigarettes and wearing Halston archives, which means you need to find Art Deco revival pieces like this Amilliona Barrel Chair, which is one of our first offerings favorites from Wayfair’s biggest sale. year.
You’ll also need some dramatic embossed wall art, like these spooky and sexy Calla Lilies.
Anything with pyramids and panthers
Preferably with a gold and black lacquer finish. This 1980s side table would look great with a fern and a really naughty self-help book.
Go heavy on the Lucite
You have absolutely nothing to hide and everything to show, which is why you need to sprint, not run, to outfit your home with Lucite and acrylic decor, down to the last banana. Not only does light furniture take up less visual space in small apartments, there’s no assembly required on these bad boys.
A strategically placed tote
For your house keys, your car keys and your… utility keys.
Decor soft cocaine handle
Many Cocaine Decor relishes jet black finishes, moody mauves and Patrick Nagel Posters. But there’s also a softer side to the aesthetic; opt for salmon-colored fabrics and vases in the shape of fans, hearts, and whatever else makes your pampas fronds stand out.
Mirror, mirror, on my lap…
… Who is the most popular person at the party? (That’s you.) If your mirror doesn’t look like a portal, it may not belong in a Cocaine Decor home. Don’t be afraid to add futuristic textural elements, from bubbles to flowers and whatever vulva situation happens in this rad Wayfair mirror.
A washable white shag rug
We don’t have to explain this one, do we? All shag rugs should be washable at this point in human history, and thank goodness Robust has finally done something about it with its super plush, washable version of the classic retro rug. The rugs are available in a few colors, but only white will hide your powdered donut stains.
Your art should make you excited and scared
Do not forget it. No other period in design has given us such curious, warm and disembodied sculptures as the 80s. Always keep your guests guessing.
Meet me in Miami
Again, the scope of Cocaine Decor can extend to a more tropical aesthetic that would suit a Miami drug lord. Work in rattan for a softer Floridian touch, or go all out on this epic 1980s palm console table.
On the rare occasions when you have the lights on…
… They must be golden. As a general rule, make sure you have several gold and reflective items in your apartment, like this pair of ceramic Art Deco renaissance lamps.
Over to you, decorating cowboys. We’ll always run to MCM for the lure of calm, effortless chic, but right now we’re ready to flirt with the agony and ecstasy of building a Cocaine Decor bachelor pad. Let Cocaine Decor remind you of your own, specific, YOLO joy of living. We don’t know how long the high will last, and the spicy interior design aesthetic will almost certainly be watered down by the blogging pipeline, but by then something else will have happened. Dare we say, Frasurbane?
Rec Room staff independently curated all items featured in this story.