10 Outdated Home Design Trends You Should Avoid

Popcorn Ceilings

Ceilings plastered with a textured appearance (akin to popcorn!) were a popular, practical choice in the ‘70s due to their ability to hide damage or blemishes and dampen noise.

Themed Rooms

While a strong theme might seem cute, Real Simple warns that they quickly become dated and kitschy while being particularly off-putting to potential buyers, should you ever choose to move.

Wallpaper Borders

Wallpaper became especially popular in the 1970s and remains so, although styles and placement trends have changed. However, edging a strong print with an equally patterned border can make your home look dated and visually cluttered.

Brass Fixtures

In the past, brass fixtures, like taps and plugholes in bathrooms and kitchens, were common but declined in popularity after the millennium. Kallista says they can tarnish over time, making them look dull and unattractive.

Heavy Window Treatments

The ‘70s and ’80s brought a trend for heavy, ornate curtains with valances, swags, and even fringe! (GalaxyDraperies). While they may have been practical in blocking out light, they were fussy, hard to clean, and often made a home feel dark or cluttered.

Faux Finishes

While it may be tempting to opt for inexpensive wood-look or faux marble finishes, cheap paint effects or veneers can look inauthentic and tacky, according to Houzz.

Wall Decals

Stickers and other wall decals were once a popular way to add images or even text to bare walls. However, time has proven them less than durable, with peeling and discoloration becoming common problems after a few years.

Carpet in Bathrooms

Inter NACHI claims carpeted bathrooms are unhygienic and says, “In addition to potential mold growth beneath the carpet, bacteria can accumulate in carpeting that surrounds the toilet.

Open Shelves

The odd bookshelf can be homely and welcoming, but rows and rows of cluttered shelves make a space feel cluttered and claustrophobic.

Matching Everything

Remember the ‘80s trend for perfectly matching floral patterns on every available surface? While it may seem tempting to have furniture, soft furnishings, and wall coverings in identical prints or colors, modern décor has embraced more selective design choices.

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