Most people take pride in where they live, and want a home with aesthetic appeal. Millennials, on the other hand, need One. We’re used to creating atmospheric, candle-lit fancy spaces that look good in real life, and even better (even if we never admit it) on Instagram. For the past decade, the mid-century modern aesthetic has molded our design sensibilities into the epitome of cool. But as you may have heard, we’re in the midst of a vibrant makeover, and it’s time to give people a new (retro) aesthetic to take the throne. There’s one obvious direction in which we, vibe-thirsty, should pivot: 1980s cocaine decoration.
If MCM gave us gooey feet on our credence, and looked great with the muted Millennial color palette, terrazzo countertops, and teak chairs, Cocaine Décor pulled the rug out from under us during the last hour of the run, in the process. Dropped his ashtray, and dimmed the lights. It’s a design aesthetic rooted in dramatic, slippery furniture, and having the sex appeal of an untroubled, mustache horndog in a Versace bathrobe, with weird lighting from OG Ghost Busters. think scarfaceArt Deco Revival, Lucite Furniture and Sharon Stone Inn Casino… either basic nature…or a lot more. If MCM decor was about feeling comfortable and streamlined, then Cocaine Decor is all about showing off, and turning the volume on form, color, and El Chapo energy. One of the best social media accounts covering this trend is Twitter. @CocaineDecor (Exactly How It Feels), which was founded in the summer of 2020 to serve all of us the neon-lit, Miami nights we’ve been dreaming of from afar.
Frankly, we’re overdue for a change in mainstream interior design. “Mid-Century Modern can never go out of style,” explains @CyberExBoyfriend, who has garnered over 8 million likes on TikTok (and beautifully cashed in on McMansions) for her hot take on decor. “But when it happens on every millennial mom blogger’s Instagram Explore page as well as their feed, it gets a little tiring.” Of course, he continues, Cocaine Decor’s glass table and Art Deco angle are a little less family-friendly than a puffy boulevard sofa. But here’s the thing: no kids here, man. right now girls “Cocaine decor offers a blast from a more joyous time: pictures of dementia enthusiasts with black lacquer and brass built-in cabinets or all marble and mirror bathrooms,” tells One 2021 GQ article. The piece projected America’s renewed, giddy obsession with beauty, with the shifting vibe at stores like CB2 making its appearance at everything from The Weeknd to the synth-heavy, neon-lit 2021 Super Bowl halftime show. Sniffing, all that resulted in an increased demand for “tessellated travertine and glass coffee tables and monstrous white leather sofas from Italy” concluded the author.
The Consumer Aesthetics Research Institute (CARI), touts it as the Chinese-booger-fueled embodiment of the bountiful energy that flourished in the 1980s, and describes it as “an fusion of Art Deco”. [and] Streamlining the Modern Revival that emerged mainly in the mid-1970s; and peaked in the 1980s and early 1990s,” inspired by everything from new wave and punk music to the drug trade and Reagan-era hedonism. It’s elegant, but it’s excessive. It’s big. There are shaped decorations, golden palm fronds and glass blocks; salmon-colored carpets, and Doric columns were meant to show off nothing more than your parliaments and ice-cold martinis.
Why now? For one, as a counterintuitive response to the limitations of COVID. Cocaine décor is the kind of uncorked, smoking sex appeal we’ve been craving during the pandemic, when the austerity of lockdown left us wanting more, not less. The lack of social comforts we experienced during quarantine and in turbulent times has left a void that only a beauty can fill with black lacquer, tiger motifs and shag rugs – or, better now Till, may host our orgy. It’s a reminder that our everyday objects should not only work in our space, but give us a jolt of serotonin with each cheeky look, and an aspirational, over-the-top approach to proportion. Besides, we are douches with lavish decorations. During the initial pandemic lockdown, there was a huge surge in DIY projects and decor trends that presented well on social media, and made us feel more alive than the confines of our railroad apartments (super, foam mirrors). we know, we know—Your home is a sanctuary. But, YOLO, then this should be your playpen too.
If you’re ready to turn your home into a cocaine den of light, medium, or epic proportions, here are some of our favorite design pieces for the look from charming coffee tables and mirrors to full-blown vanity sets and more. ,
sled coffee table
Can you fuck on your coffee table? If the answer is no, it’s not cocaine decor. We love the mixed wood look of this Worlds Away sled table, which is just begging for an amber ashtray and a plethora of vintage lazy magazines. Glass and Lucite are also so hot right now, as is a solid marriage of MCM minimalism and 1980s aesthetics.
$2000,610 Feather Wayfair
,1159.99 Feather Wayfair
far from the world
,1898 Feather Wayfair
Think Art Deco Revival, Always
Your home should look like it belongs to a villain who smokes tall cigarettes and wears archival Halstons, which means you need to find Art Deco revival pieces such as the Emiliana Barrel Chair, from Wayfair’s biggest sale. One of our favorite early deals. Year.
$1000,419.99 Feather Wayfair
You’ll also need some dramatic, raised wall art, like these creepy-sexy calla lilies.
$175,140 Feather chairish
anything with pyramids and panthers
Preferably, one with a gold and black finish. This 1980s side table would look great with fern, and is actually a saucy self-help book.
$465,415 Feather chairish
Lucite. go heavy on
You have nothing to hide, and everything to show – which is why you need to sprint to dress your home in Lucite and acrylic decor down to every last banana. Not only does clear furniture take up less visual space in small apartments, but it doesn’t require assembly on these bad boys.
$16.98,14.98 Feather heroine
,168 Feather heroine
,259.98 Feather heroine
a strategically placed catch-all
For your house keys, your car keys, and your… utility keys.
Seguso Vetri d’Arte
,1390.67 Feather first dibs
,40 Feather coming soon
,18.99 Feather heroine
Chanel Soft Cocaine Decor
A lot of cocaine decor likes the jet black finish, moody mauve, and Patrick Nagel poster. But beauty also has a softer side; Choose a vase shaped like salmon-colored fabric and fans, hearts, and whatever else makes your pampas fronds pop.
,29.95 Feather heroine
,16.89 Feather Etsy
Willow Arlo Interiors
$194.22,159.99 Feather Wayfair
Mirror, mirror, in my lap…
… Who is the most popular person in the party? (That’s you.) If your mirror doesn’t look like a portal, it might not belong in a house with cocaine decorations. Don’t be afraid to add futuristic textural elements to this Red Wayfair Mirror, from bubbles to flowers and whatever vulva situation is happening.
$450,405 Feather chairish
east urban house
,196.99 Feather Wayfair
,425 Feather Etsy
a washable, white shag rug
We don’t have to explain it, do we? All shag rugs should be washable at this point in human history, and thank goodness Rugable did something about it with a super-squishy, washable version of the retro classic rug. Rugs come in a few colors, but only white will hide the stain of your powder donut.
,199 Feather rugable
Your art will make you sensual and intimidating
do not forget to. No other period of design gave us so many flashy, hot, fragmented sculptures as the ’80s. Always keep your guests guessing.
,160 Feather chairish
meet me in miami
Again, the reach of cocaine décor may extend to a more tropically twisted aesthetic that would be appropriate for a Miami drug lord. Work in some rattan for a soft, Floridian touch, or go all-in on this epic 1980s palm tree console.
,799 Feather urban Outfitters
,2953 Feather chairish
On the rare occasion you have a light…
… they should be gilded. As a general rule, make sure you have several golden, reflective objects in your apartment, like this pair of ceramic Art Deco Revival lamps.
,459 Feather chairish
Decorate here for you, cowboy. We’ll always run to MCM for the appeal of a cool, and effortless chic—but right now, we’re ready to flirt with the pain and ecstasy of making a cocaine décor bachelor pad. May cocaine decorations make you unique, unique, YOLO. reminds of joy of living, We don’t know how long the high will last, and the spicy interior design beauty will almost certainly be watered through the blogging pipeline—but until then, something else will come along. Dare we say, Frasurbane?
Rec Room staff independently selected everything featured in this story.