Just like in literature or other cultural movements, the postmodernist style of decoration arose as a reply to modernist interior decoration; the latter, a result of 19th century industrialization and modernization of society and lifestyle, meant simplifying decoration and furniture. There were also practical reasons for this, such as vast migration towards the city, where living quarters were tighter, so a more practical approach to furniture had to be taken. The modern style is defined by the absence of clutter, by an impression of cleanliness and neatness: form, style and function rolled into one.
While the modern style was minimalistic and at times futuristic, the postmodernist style was differentiated through a more decorative approach, and it originated in America. As a total opposition to the modern style, postmodernist decoration often prefers form over function, and can be defined by eclectic pieces of furniture or decoration. This style is the antithesis of traditional decoration, it may even involve mixing other styles. It places importance on statement furniture, seeing a chair or table as decorative focal points as well. Ergonomic furniture, strangely shaped tables and shelves, striking combinations of color.
Pop art is a good example of what you can use to create a postmodern home; since the style was born in the 1960s, it has maintained the time’s preferences. A postmodern space can be a confusing one, and furniture pieces can have different styles and shapes. A squarish table and curved, round chairs make for a very postmodern dinner space. The problem is that this style is often used for offices or hotels, but you can just as easily turn it into a home-friendly decor, because it gives you so much freedom of choice.
One of the things you must try to avoid is using old furniture; very rarely you should be able to insert antique or just old furniture with this style. However, you can achieve it by scouting yard sales or fairs, as homeowners sometimes come up with original pieces they no longer have use for. Warhol-type paintings are definitely a symbol of postmodern decor; materials that you can use are plastic, glass, iron, marble and even recycled materials. The walls don’t necessarily have to be adorned with paintings, as retro collages or posters work just as fine. Abstract shapes, both in furniture and decorative elements, are a clear sign of the style; moreover, you can use humor or irony when decorating. because the style is a statement, standing against conformity, against specific rules of living.