Y2K Homeware To Buy For A Noughties Nostalgia Hit

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13 May 2022
Y2K Homeware To Buy For A Noughties Nostalgia Hit

From lava lamps to faux fur rugs, here’s how to make the best of millennium-inspired interiors

words Heather Gwyther

Whether you have distinct memories of going to the Millenium Dome and sticking those gooey little Millenium aliens together to make them have babies, or you were but a babe yourself at the turn of the century, the Y2K aesthetic is currently unavoidable. It’s in Bella Hadid's face-framing hair strands and litany of low-rise trousers. Dua Lipa’s butterfly obsession. The cast of Euphoria’s cut-outs and face gems. To spell it out for you: Y2K is cool. And now, it’s invading our living spaces as well as our wardrobes. As an aesthetic that’s serious about nothing but fun, it offers respite from the world as it is at the moment - unsure, stressful, a bit sad.

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Indeed, when it first arose, society was in a similar mood. Originally, ‘Y2K’ was a computer bug that caused widespread anxiety in the late 90s. People feared that computer systems the world over - from those controlling nuclear power plants to interest rates – would be unable to interpret the ‘00’ correctly when we entered the year 2000, thus causing a massive glitch with severe consequences. In the end, nothing too disastrous happened, but this fear of the future coupled with an uncontained excitement about it inspired an unmistakably Y2K aesthetic.

So, what does it look like? Funnily, it has a strong 60s element that manifests as psychedelic prints, fuzzy furnishings and lava lamps (think the Austin Powers franchise). Then, influenced by both the dawn of the internet and new technologies in general, there’s something slightly more predictable: futurism – a fun and fabulous futurism, to be precise. At the time, this looked like the iMac G3 and felt like the sass of a flip phone.

Now, how you welcome the Y2K aesthetic into your home is entirely a matter of personal preference. But be it with a single heart-shaped mirror or several fluorescent furry cushions, we promise it will make you smile. Well, it’s either that or be called ‘cheugy’.

Monki -  Porcelain Mug

Monki - Porcelain Mug

£ 7.00

The subtlest way for Y2K to enter your home? In the form of this groovy mug.

Ikea - Nyckeln Shower Curtain

Ikea - Nyckeln Shower Curtain

£ 10.00

Chosen because it represented a sense of peace and hope for the future, cerulean was the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2000.. Turquoise, of course, is not cerulean, but it’s close enough and this shower curtain will offer just as much of a fresh start to your bathroom.

Le Mauvais Garçon - Modern Rainbow Colour Vase

Le Mauvais Garçon - Modern Rainbow Colour Vase

£ 57.99

Single stems will sing in these fluorescent acrylic vases. Place them near a sunny window for extra joy.

H&M - Metal Table Lamp

H&M - Metal Table Lamp

£ 34.99

There’s more to Y2K-inspired lighting than lava lamps, you know. And lilac is a relatively subdued alternative to bright reds and candy pinks

Urban Outfitters - Underwater Disco Bath Light

Urban Outfitters - Underwater Disco Bath Light

£ 8.00

Imagine how good the parties were at the turn of the century. Take this sentiment into your hygiene routine with a disco bath light.

Etsy -  Checker Board, Black and White Pillow Cover

Etsy - Checker Board, Black and White Pillow Cover

£ 20.37

On the subtler end of Y2K prints? Monochrome checkerboard. It packs no less of a punch than its colourful cousins, though.

Wavey Casa - Multi Trippy Cushion Cover

Wavey Casa - Multi Trippy Cushion Cover

£ 20.00

Get waved with the technicolour offering of trippy cushion covers. Perfect for piling on your bed in a rainbow of options and sinking into the psychedelic.

John Lewis - Lava Lamp Chrome Table Lamp Purple/Pink

John Lewis - Lava Lamp Chrome Table Lamp Purple/Pink

£ 30.00

No respectable shopping edit of Y2K homeware would be complete without a lava lamp.

Bag and Bones - Gold Mirror Heart

Bag and Bones - Gold Mirror Heart

£ 59.99

Self-love comes in many forms, including admiring yourself in a heart-shaped mirror that would have been the focal point of a Y2K adolescent bedroom.

Sunny Life - Inflatable Lilo Chair

Sunny Life - Inflatable Lilo Chair

£ 70.00

If there’s one piece of Y2K furniture to rule them all, it’s the inflatable chair. Just be mindful of your back if you’re a millennial.

All products are selected independently by our editors. If you purchase anything through this article, Woo may earn an affiliate commission.

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