Picture it. Miami. 1980s. Do you know what day it is today? It’s National Golden Girls Day! I bet you didn’t even know that was a thing, right? I’ve seen every episode, and my retirement plan is to basically become part of The Golden Girls when I retire! In the meantime, I’m still just as in love with their 1980s Florida decor style as I ever was. Blanche, Rose, Dorothy & Sophia nailed the 1980s decor style, and it’s certainly worth emulating. You know what they say- hang on long enough, and it’ll come back in style. The Golden Girls decor style has certainly made a comeback!
Golden Girls decor style is making a comeback!
From the time I was 5 years old, I loved that rattan living room set, the floral pink fabrics, and the light and bright spaces from all of the windows. And I’m still in love with the 1980s Golden Girls decor style! And the best part? It’s definitely not difficult to replicate! Whether you live in Miami or the frozen tundra, we all need a little 1980s tropical decor in our life!
The Golden Girls Decor Staples
Coastal style, especially with 1980s throwback charm, simply must have rattan furniture pieces. The sofa & accent chairs were the staple, iconic pieces on the show; however, with the movement of the boho trend, combined with vintage resurgence, rattan is now not just for Blanche, Sophia, Rose, & Dorothy.
Scoring pristine rattan and bamboo pieces at thrift stores is getting harder & harder because of its popularity, so choose quality, newer pieces that will stand the test of time is the best bet. Personally, I think the anchor pieces should be rattan– a bed, the sofa, the kitchen table. You can soften up the pieces through linens and accents. This Tommy Bahama piece comes in just about every size, and there is no other king in coastal design than Tommy Bahama! This isn’t a cheap piece- it’s designed for quality, for style, and endurance.
If you’re on a smaller budget, there are still quality rattan & bamboo pieces that can help to create a vintage coastal vibe. Ottomans can serve as both function and design. Whether you’re using as a coffee table, footstool, or accent piece, smaller pieces can serve a multitude of functions at a smaller expense! I love the idea of two of these ottomans serving as dual coffee tables.
Pink- Not Just Blush & Bashful!
Any true 1980s expert can you tell why the colors blush & bashful are so iconic to that era of style. However, there are multiple shades of muted pink can bring an 1980s feel to a room. Mauve was also an iconic shade, and while it’s been dormant for a while, various shades of pastel pinks are coming back!
There isn’t much more iconic 80s and Golden Girls than pink & brass. I’ve mentioned before that brass is back, and now pairing it with softer pastels is also all the rage. Accenting the rattan pieces with softer furniture like this pink accent chair create a cozy and comfortable space and still add some Golden Girls’ coastal flair! Luckily, this one isn’t priced too high, so it’s affordable on just about any budget!
Bring Nature In
You can’t create an authentic coastal vibe without bringing the outdoors in. Whether that’s through art, textures, or colors, playing off of nature’s coastal design makes the space feel authentic. Some common ways to incorporate nature are by incorporating colors of the sunset, mixing in seashells into the design, and by adding art replicating nature. Bringing nature in can be done through accent pieces, so the space isn’t so overwhelming. Through a few subtle or one anchor piece, the natural elements can go a long way.
Simple succulent arrangements in large shells are easy to make or rather affordable to purchase. If you’re like me and you tend to kill plants, faux succulents and plants have finally made their mark in home decor (yay!). These shell planters make easy tablescape decor or coffee table accent. Again, these are so affordable that any budget can afford them!
Part of the way of life on the coast is open air living. Talk about really bringing nature indoors. But even on the best beach in Florida, it can get hot & humid. Ceiling fans typically aren’t part of the design, but ceiling fans are now replicating natural style and bringing circulation to a room. By imitating bamboo and leaves, ceiling fan design now actually mimics coastal design.
One of the most used elements of art in coastal style is watercolor- for obvious reasons. Whether originals or replicas, watercolors can bring in colors, pattern, and design to a room. Watercolors are no just for canvas. There are ways to incorporate elements of watercolor- everywhere from paintings to backsplashes!
Very few designs would it be okay to include tile with a beach scene, but Golden Girls throwback design certainly allows it. These beautiful, mural kiln fired tiles make the perfect accent in your Golden Girls kitchen. The muted pastel colors are subtle while the mural revives the 1980s coastal vibe. I get these tiles aren’t for everyone, and that a little goes a long way, I think they’re definitely Sophia approved.
It goes without saying that any Golden Girls decor must incorporate flamingos. Duh. There’s a cheesy way to do that, and there’s a way to add to a true design by incorporating one of Florida’s iconic birds. This original oil painting adds wonderful colors and textures to a space and transforms a blank wall into a conversation piece. Art has the power to do that. It also has the power to really enhance the aesthetic of a room. Whether you choose a large canvas as a stand-alone piece or a smaller accent as part of your gallery wall, these one of a kind paintings should certainly make an appearance in your Golden Girls design.
Bananas…and Not the Kind You Eat
Banana leaves recently have made a comeback, and it’s easy to see why. In their true green color, they add vibrancy to a space; however, in various other colors and shades, they can add depth & texture to a space. We mostly see the use of banana leaves in a replicated form, so whether they’re incorporated via art or textiles, they certainly can add the finishing accent to a Golden Girls space.
Incorporating the shades of pink can easily create a feminine space, but the contrast of blues and greens found in many banana leaf prints offer contrast to the design. This lush area rug certainly can anchor a room and offer contrasting design to the soft pink & heavy rattan pieces. This particular rug comes in various shades; however, I personally love the mixture of minty green, dark navy, beige, and blue.
The heavy rattan pieces eye-catching and iconic, but they are typically not comfortable. Accenting with cozy linens and soft pillows offer more comfort to guests, but it’s also a way to incorporate more design aesthetic. Many coastal pillows come in prints of seashells, birds, trees, etc. One of my rules for layering throw pillows is to incorporate various size pillows for depth– and more comfort! This incredibly affordable banana leaf pillow works both indoor or lanai while sipping your daiquiri– or watching your favorite Golden Girls episode!
Whether you’re in the middle of Indiana or on the Miami coast, your love of Golden Girls can still translate to your decor. Subtle, affordable choices can bring even the most cookie cutter bedroom or living room alive in 1980s throwback Golden Girls decor charm!
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