Interiors have trends, much like our wardrobes. So if you wouldn’t leave your house wearing JNCO jeans, leg warmers or pedal pushers (I didn’t just make that word up!), you shouldn’t decorate your house with outdated designs either.
And if your inner interior design is in a deep winter sleep and you’re about to do a renovation, this thread from the Real Estate subreddit may be a real savior. “What current aesthetic trends do you think will age poorly?” the question popped up in the community and the responses started rolling in with bad, worse and the worst interior trends that should be canceled.
From any decor that says live, laugh, love to sliding barn doors, here are some of the most questionable interior details that, chances are, may not age that gracefully. Scroll down through the post below and share what design trend would totally ruin even the best interior for you!
In the past couple of years, we have spent more time in our homes than we have in the past 60 years. It became obvious that our interiors had to adapt to better serve our needs with smarter design solutions, technology and organization. Our new more home-based lifestyles have inspired some fresh decor trends we may see more in the future.
* way too many roof lines and roof planes. high-pitched roofs where the whole house looks like roof.
* none of the windows are the same size or style.
* 5 different siding types. brick, stucco, faux stone, and vinyl, on the same house!
* the oversized entryway that dwarfs the front door itself.
* no trees, a huge yard which somehow doesn’t provide any privacy because it’s just a turf covered hellscape with nothing to block the view of the next McMansion.
According to interior designer Lisa M. Cini, a new trend we see in furniture design in 2022 is customization. “When more people are using a space, having flexible furniture is key,” she says. Cini says it may be anything from coffee tables that raise up and convert to a worktable to dining tables that transform into family-friendly tables to seat as many as 10 people.
Moreover, “The old tried and true Murphy’s bed is back and better than ever before, allowing you to have a full bookcase on the front, a dining table, and with a simple turn and fold down (not having to remove anything on your bookshelves), it converts to a full bed,” Cini argues.
All white kitchens. White cabinets, white quartz countertops, etc. Looks great in magazines but if you’re actually cooking meals most of the week, it has to be a nightmare to keep everything sparkling clean.
Another trend interior designers are seeing right now is the comeback of earth tones, from dining rooms to living rooms and even kitchens. “Dark earth tones look best in large open spaces or areas with high ceilings. You want to make sure that there’s enough room for the color to breathe and appear as intended,” says Benjamin Stenson Norsemen home improvement studio.
it’s not current but it definitely was an aesthetic trend that aged poorly—cow print, painting cow print on walls, doors, or any surface for that matter.
Eco-friendly designs and materials have also become a hit in the last year with more and more people opting for sustainable lifestyle solutions. We are talking materials that have been recycled, reused, or made from reclaimed wood. This new trend is a result of people becoming more educated about the environmental impact of the choices they make. Moreover, eco-friendly materials are often allergy free.
Kitchens that are floor to ceiling subway tile (and all it’s derivative tiles) on all walls. It resembles a rest stop bathroom and will start to feel as dated as taupe walls in a McMansion do now.
20-foot ceiling living rooms on 2-story homes. What a waste of space for a great extra room on the 2nd floor. Ceilings can max out at 10 feet and still feel high.
One of the most popular interior and lifestyle design trends, hygge, which became a hit throughout the world in the last decade, is likely not going anywhere either. Cozy spaces still reign on social media, where much of the interior design content is dedicated to this particular style.
This is largely because hygge, unlike other interior design styles, not just makes our homes look good. It rather creates a lasting feeling of safety and comfort, something we all lack outside our homes in these uncertain times.
As much as I understand the need for cheaper alternative housing, I believe “tiny homes” will be viewed for what they are: mobile homes. They’re nothing revolutionary. Also, so many of them are absolute fire death traps. Loft bedrooms with no means of egress.
I don’t know if this is everywhere but where I live the new trend in kitchens is to have the whole kitchen on one wall with a long island in front of it. No other walls in the kitchen because on one side is the dinning area and the other side is the living area. It’s too open and to make things worse you get maybe 2 upper cabinets and maybe 3 lower cabinets because the appliances and sink take up most of the space. I can see where people might think it looks nice but it’s completely not functional and gives such a small amount of storage.
Marble countertops, literally. Not marble-look, but actual marble. People need to be ok with the kind of wear that occurs on marble and I think most people are not. Marble in a kitchen is especially going to quickly accumulate stains and etching.
In our previous interview with Eva Taute, interior designer and creator of “Hygge Styling” studio, which focuses on minimalistic design, natural elements, personal touch, and uniqueness, we talked about what makes hygge so popular.
“We have spent our whole lives gathering experiences of spaces. Some of them we felt more at home in than others. We cannot always put our finger on why, but we know it when we feel it,” Taute said, referring to the psychological effect our homes have on us.
Vessel sinks, they’re an impractical use of space and always make me feel like I’m at a restaurant that probably still serves molten lava cake.
Open layouts make the house appear bigger, but I can’t get over how much it makes a house echo. When you have more than a few people in the space it’s impossible to have much privacy.
Ugly modern urban apartment exterior where everything is multiple colors/boxes/textures and the inside looks sad and basic.
I realize not everyone loves more period feeling houses, but god, at least Victorians and the like were INTERESTING. The current housing trend is like vanilla ice cream… no attitude, no flavor, and it looks like every other house out there.
And that’s insulting to vanilla ice cream, frankly.
Taute explained: “Our home can reflect our inner world and how we feel about ourselves.” Not only that, but “We can also use our home to reflect the message we want our hearts to hear. It can be a place that supports our well being. We can do that by unraveling our experiences with space and finding those colors, textures, and materials that help us feel at home. Help us create that cozy feeling that brings us rest.”
Vinyl signs and labels on everything. Everyone and their mother has a damn Cricut and those stupid vinyl cutouts are on everything at my school. Am teacher. It looks super trashy!
Those accent walls with the abstract diagonal lines. Will age like popcorn ceilings and wood paneling on walls
Brass faucets and other brass accents. It’s part of that disgusting 80s retro look that has become popular along with hunter Green and mustard yellow colors. Stop it. It was gross back then, it looks no batter now in the 2020s.
Pallet wood. You have no idea what the hell soaked into those things during their lifetime/transport.
The Moroccan tile everywhere. It fits in some houses, but it’s being put everywhere right now. I think it’s not going to age well except in houses where it’s aligned with the rest of the architecture.
All these b******t minimalism facades that was made for Instagram. I hate it. It looks like a mindfulness guru took an architecture class.
The buildings lack character and I can’t distinguish neighborhoods from each other.
Every city also is now sort of looking the same because of this.
Gold faucets, gold knobs on kitchen appliances, gold light fixtures, etc.
We tried this back 50 years ago and we agreed since that it sucked.
Linear mosaic. Oh god it’s f*****g ugly and there was a period where everyone was asking for it. I straight up tell our clients not to do it. It’s going to look like s**t in 10 years. It looks like s**t now but it will be so obviously dated.
Black painted houses. Annoying as f**k to upkeep.
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