Interior designers share the worst home trends that should never come back in style
Some interior design trends never seem to die. Or do they? There are very specific looks and trends that are often associated with a particular era. For example, thanks to the popularity of Chip and Joanna Gaines, there’s nothing more definitive of the past decade than the modern farmhouse style. On the other hand, there’s nothing more 1970s than tile countertops and shag carpeting.
While many people say that fashion and design trends always end up coming back in style, that doesn’t necessarily mean they should. After all, things change for a reason. Here are twelve trends that interior designers hope will never return.
It’s time to remove that “Live, Laugh, Love” sign. Many designers agree that unless you live on an actual farm, it’s time for a modern farm to be crushed by a tractor. “We’ve seen a lot less of the farmhouse trend in recent years, and hopefully it’s on its way out,” says interior designer Audrey Scheck. “While I appreciate vintage pieces with natural age and character, overly aged decor definitely fades away. Instead, focus on creating a more authentic look that is not intentionally manipulated. to look aged.
all all white
Much to the delight of cleaning and bleach manufacturers, the all-white look has long been in vogue. While it’s certainly pretty, it can get boring pretty quickly. White is also high maintenance and incredibly difficult to maintain, especially for homes with children and pets. “As people venture into furnishing and decorating with brighter colors and bold patterns, I hope the trend of keeping everything white continues to take a back seat,” says Scheck. “While white certainly looks open and clean, I like to incorporate saturated colors to infuse spaces with character.”
There is not a single designer, architect, or builder who currently uses tile countertops in new homes. While many people have kept their tile countertops in vintage style kitchens, this look is usually found in older kitchens that are in desperate need of an update. But most people are not fans of this look. “Although tiled countertops were popular in the 70s and 80s, hopefully the realization that grout lines are impossible to keep clean will keep this trend from returning,” Scheck notes.
Bulky corner baths
A large bathtub pushed into a corner does not turn a bathroom into a sanctuary. This placement makes closed bathrooms less attractive. Sheck tells me, “We see them all the time and love it when our customers want to swap them out for a freestanding tub. Removing bulky corner tubs frees up so much usable square footage in the bathroom, and it also makes the room feel a lot bigger.
fuzzy toilet seat covers
When it comes to bathroom decorating, taking the “less is more” approach is always a good way to go. There is nothing positive to say about a fuzzy toilet seat cover. “The fact that they’ve always been popular is mind blowing! I’m all for comfortable seating, but a padded seat cover on a toilet should never be the answer. Hopefully this one doesn’t come back anytime soon,” says Scheck.
Interior designer Kate Lester is tired of seeing Shaker-style cabinetry, which has been incredibly popular in recent years. “As we always say in our office, ‘we can do better!’ I think and hope this is the year that the more creative cabinetmaking styles will become mainstream. If you’re going for a more contemporary look, I always suggest something a little different, like a vertical panel door detail or a flat panel style with some really unique hardware,” she says.
Matching furniture sets
Frankly, most people should avoid shopping at furniture stores that sell living room sets with a matching sofa, loveseat, and chair, and a matching coffee table and side table, which are probably thrown away free. Interior designer Gillian Segal tells me, “I cringe when I see people who have obviously bought a complete set of matching furniture from something from the same collection or from the same supplier. The correspondence is over. It’s much less interesting than using different sources and mixing your tracks.
Accent walls aren’t necessarily finished, but their popularity is beginning to wane. Davina Ogilvie, founder of Wovn Home, a startup that makes custom window treatments, tells me, “Accent walls were seen as making a space more interesting, but they can feel jarring or childish. At worst, they seem to reflect a lack of decisiveness or courage in making paint and wallpaper choices in a room. I’m ready for this trend to be behind us, with cohesive and intentional walls, without the sudden contrast of an accent wall.
While it may be too soon to tell if the marble countertop trend will last another decade, it’s safe to say that speckled countertops are unlikely to come back into favor. “One trend I’d be glad to never see return is brown speckled granite countertops,” says interior designer Kevin Francis O’Gara. “Not only does it look perpetually dirty, but unlike darker colours, it makes kitchens look dull!” Kitchens benefit from a light touch that keeps the focus on functionality, and this countertop material is quite the opposite.
Teardrop recessed lights, sometimes called “boob lights” because of their resemblance to the female figure, have been a fixture in most homes for many years. Fortunately, pendant lights and chandeliers have replaced those extremely boring and incredibly unsophisticated light fixtures. “One trend that I’d be happy to see never come back into fashion is breast lights,” says O’Gara. “There’s literally no need for those unfortunate lights with all the [more interesting] flush mount options out there!”
Wall to wall carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting in a home has no advantage other than generally being the cheapest flooring option available. But it often looks dated and cheap, while difficult to maintain and terrible for allergy sufferers. It doesn’t matter what happens if a pet has an accident or someone spills a glass of red wine.
Most homeowners no longer choose this style. However, it is still used in hotel design, according to Nancy Epstein, founder and chair of the board of directors at Artistic Tile. “As a frequent traveler, I’m appalled to walk into a hotel room with carpet and wonder who got their dirty feet on that carpet last.”
Making the bed is enough work and interior designer Sarah Solis doesn’t believe in overdoing it. “Bunk beds with multiple pillows and layers of blankets are a fast-going trend. I love the thoughtful and minimal use of pillows on a beautifully draped bed for an effortlessly stylish sanctuary. The lush textural materiality is much more interesting and sensual that a bed forbids being overdressed,” she says.