And yesterday morning, I read Grace Dent's very funny (and true) reminder of all that was bad about a lot of that decade. But a revival is not just loitering around the edges of popular culture – could it be creeping back into our homes? My blood chilled when I spotted this on the Crown Paints blog, encouraging us to colour block like it's 1999. Really? Let's recap a while...
The others in this picture are all from the same year, or the one after.
And boy, did we like our colours back then. Fashions are circular, so it's not surprising that colour has come back after the minimalist, white noughties. But we do it so much better these days: what was the 90s obsession with burnt orange and cobalt blue? My own very first own sitting room was modelled on these pages (orange walls and a horrible blue studenty throw to cover my junk-shop, and not in a good way, sofa).
orange and blue kitchen in a gorgeous house in the newest Taschen interiors book. But the 90s version of these shades was just so brash, wasn't it? Talking of which...
Anyone else remember the 'Weekend in the Life of..' feature they used to run? Where groups of good-looking 20-something friends (always, intriguingly, graphic designers) were captured fly-on-the-wall style, laughing, fooling around, looking cheeky, flirting, laughing again, going to stylish bars, drinking a lot, having hair-of-the-dog lunches in new things called gastropubs, laughing some more... you know.
And the other regular section of note was this...
How funny that (top right image on the page) the editorial takes the piss out of now-so-desirable wood effect wallpaper (in Bernard Manning's mum's house) and, bottom right, sniggers at a very retro Joanna Lumley "knitting blankets for the local WI." Who'd have thought the Shoreditch Sisters were just around the corner. How times change.
1990s interiors must-haves
A Victorian property
Chunky colour-tinted wine glasses
Mosaic bathroom tiling
Pale pine cupboards
... but enough about my memories. Yours?
PS. Prosper, Merlin and co., if you're reading this, I'd love to know. I laugh, but I wanted your lives at the time. And your flats. Especially those orange walls.