Retro To Modern


Anna Drake, Staff Writer

The colorful past is turning into a dull future.

The American past of colorful eccentric homes from the 1970s-1990s is dying as a modern style is stepping up.

Homes all over the U.S. are slowly becoming more for resale value rather than expression and creativity.  “Homes now compared to the ones from the 70s when I was growing up were very colorful and well just made you smile,” Kathleen Snider said. Explosions of color used to be so common in the 1970s-1990s but when you look at today those colors have faded out of our homes. For example; grays, whites, and even just one solid color is used for most homes in 2022 along with modern, simple, furniture.  

In history, we are experiencing less expressive homes and even cars due to color change. The vibe of the past was captured in the homes of citizens, and the world around them as it gave a more positive feeling. “The people and their sense of style to me back then showed positivity and their freedom to express themselves with decorating their homes, heal the soul, and just to keep good easy vibes going, the 70s will always have my heart and memories,” Kathleen Snider said. While 2022 homes have architecturally improved, the color and patterns just aren’t the same. 

The loss of colors could be worrisome in the future, as there could be little to no personality anywhere. As we look around the U.S. today, even businesses have switched to a modern style. Places once had their own color and shape but are now transformed into buildings that look the same as the rest. Color is one of the most expressive elements, it is tied into our emotions and art as a whole. As modernization gets stronger all we can hope is that color will never fully leave.