45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don’t Understand

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When decorating your home, the most important thing is that you feel safe, warm and comfortable there. Nobody else’s opinions should matter… Right? But if you’re an avid watcher or HGTV or you live vicariously through Bobby Berk when watching Queer Eye, you might have some opinions on how a home should be decorated. And if you do think you’re an expert on interior design, you’re not alone. Reddit users have been dishing about all of the home trends they hate or that they expect to become outdated within the next few years, so we’ve gathered a list of their hot takes down below.

Trends come and go all the time, so for all we know, the people who weighed in on this topic might end up with quite outdated homes of their own a decade from now. But it can still be fun to channel your inner Joanna Gaines and imagine how you would or wouldn’t decorate a home (even if you don’t own one at the moment!). Be sure to upvote the replies mentioning trends you would never put in your own home, and let us know in the comments what other design trends you hope will die out soon. Then if you’re interested in checking out another Bored Panda article on the same topic, you can find more modern home trends you might hate right here!  

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Meh, I have a ‘Safari’ style bedroom and I love it. Lots of plants, rattan (some old), one wall with a safari print wallpaper, wooden map on the wall, globe, animal lampshade etc etc. I don’t care if it goes out of fashion (was it ever in fashion? I don’t know) but I’ll always love it. If you love it and it’s your home, your safe cosy space why does it matter if it’s so called old fashioned? I mean unless your trying to sell it in the future I guess. But I live for what makes me happy in the now

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If you’re not an expert on home design, it can be hard to determine what trends aren’t working anymore or what will be outdated soon. We can all tell that the popcorn ceilings and wood paneling at our grandparents’ home does not look cutting edge anymore, but when it comes to homes that were designed in the last decade or two, it might not be as easy to discern what needs a makeover from what could be featured in Architectural Digest. So if you need a little help from a home and design expert, we consulted this article about “How to Change Home Decor to Avoid Looking Dated” by Sacha Strebe.

Sacha’s first tip before getting down to the nitty gritty of designing your home is figure out your personal style first. “The key is to determine your personal style fundamentals first, then build on them,” she explains. Next, Sacha notes that having a flexible color theme as the base is also important. Many people assume that this means to pick neutral colors, but apparently, it’s actually about having a combination of warm and cool colors. “Once you settle on a preference, sticking to that constant color theme throughout your home should prevent it from looking dated too quickly and ensure it survives the seasonal trends,” Sacha says. “It’s the perfect backdrop to feature period pieces, so you can still have fun with timely styles.” 

I’ve noticed a lot of modern renovated houses, espcially thr higher price ones, all look like laboratories inside- stainless steel, white and grey, hard edges. And not just in the kitchen, all the rooms. How can you relax and feel comfortable in a house like that?

Thestolenone , Max Vakhtbovych Report

45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand Fake grass. Please, please, let the fake grass be a passing trend. I understand it’s a faff to keep a lawn, but people hosing their dog s**t off their plastic “garden”… the world does not need more plastic.

itsnobigthing , Arya Satria Report

A fresh paint job can also keep your home from looking outdated. This does not need to be white by any means, but painting your walls is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to update a room. So whether you choose to embark on the project yourself or hire a professional, Sacha notes that you can’t go wrong with a new coat of paint. One thing to avoid to keep your home from becoming dated is a themed room. Sacha warns not to commit an entire room to one particular theme that you may not love in 5 years, but rather, throw in some accents of that theme that can be replaced later down the line if you no longer feel connected to them. 

Next, Sacha recommends utilizing layers in your spaces. “It creates a diverse space that keeps the eye moving,” she writes. So add that rug, that painting, those throw pillows or that cozy blanket on top of a chair! They can always be moved around or changed over time, but they keep your home cozy and more interesting. Sacha also notes that it is wise to declutter the items in each space of your home a few times a year. We tend to accumulate, but it’s important to also purge the things we no longer need or that might be dating our homes.  

Open plan kitchen/living/diners. Eventually people will start to realise that they sometimes need to get away from the rest of the family for an hour or so.

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45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand People mounting TVs above fireplaces or so high that they end up closer to the ceiling than the floor. After a decade of that s**t, their necks will be thanking them

ZiggyThePanda , Mary Ann Wooten Report

If you want to keep your home from becoming outdated, it’s important to be willing to embrace change. You can absolutely cling to the design you chose a decade ago when you first moved in if you still love it, but if you are looking to update your living space, change can be a good thing. “If you’re open to change, you can adapt your home quickly to embrace newness as it arrives and find a way to intersperse it,” Sacha writes. “It can be simple things like changing your cushions, giving your living room a lift with some new artwork, or updating the hardware in your bathroom to bring it from drab to fab.” But if you do plan to be making changes often, keep in mind that you may need to have a running budget for these updates. If you set a little aside every now and then, you’ll be prepared to fund a fresher version of your home without breaking the bank.

45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand I hope avocado suites in carpeted bathrooms make a return, that way I won’t have to redecorate my horrendous downstairs bog.

swoticus , @BBCRadioWales Report

45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand High density new builds.

I mean seriously – every single one in this area are crammed together, with tiny gardens, no parking, narrow access roads.

And then you go inside, and find the rooms only look spacious because the houses have 3/4 size furniture in it, or no furniture at all.

All the rooms you could want, just less square feet than ever.

Just a recipe for future slums.

sobrique , Miten Patel Report

I worked with a lady in like 2009 ish who spent THOUSANDS on upgrading her house to have Apple ports built into the walls and integrated speaker systems. That’s all I can think about. What an absolute waste and also f**k apple

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If you’re wondering what the experts say about which home design trends are reaching the end of their lifetimes in 2022, we’ll fill you in. We consulted an article that Sydney Meister wrote for PureWow noting trends designers are ditching in 2023, so I can pretend like I actually know anything at all about interior design. One trend that’s apparently seen better days is stacked floating shelves. What will be replacing these shelves is long linear shelving, according to interior designer Katelyn Fuller. “While I love a good floating shelf, I think that the stacked shelves in the kitchen are going to be completely out [in 2023],” she said in a TikTok. “[The long linear shelves are] still [kind of a] floating shelf, but instead of doing multiple shelves, [you’re] just doing one shelf all along the wall, which makes the space seem so much bigger.”

Absurdly high prices and shitty build quality. Oh no wait, those will still be around…

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45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand Open plan. With the rise in heating bills we’ll all go for ‘cosy’ and want a nice tiny room where we can all huddle around the one electric fire we can afford.

AF_II , Mike Gattorna Report

According to Katelyn, olive trees in the home are going to be less trendy in 2023 as well. “I have yet to see one well-produced faux olive tree. They all look extremely fake and bare to me,” she explained in a video. “I try to steer clear of oversaturated decorating [trends], and all olive trees have become that way.” On the other hand, Katelyn believes red oak trees will be on the rise. “To me, they’re a little bit more unique, and since they’re not so widely used, it makes [the piece] feel more interesting,” she explains. “If you’re looking for a corner filler or a [textured] tree to add to your house, these [are the way to go].”

45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand Geometric designs. Clinical white and grey everything. Words. What is it with words? In the bathroom: SOAK. In the bedroom: SLEEP. What goes in the bog? I also have a special hatred for decor with whimsical phrases or prose. Humourous house rules. Kitchen opening hours. I just can’t hack it, it makes me cringe hard. Oh and don’t get me started on f*****g bunting.

marmighty , Tim Mossholder Report

45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand I’m gonna go against the grain and say that I quite like the upsurge of grey as a neutral! Wouldn’t have the whole house or room in it, but as one neutral colour I much prefer the cooler tone of grey to magnolia or cream. I chose a grey living room carpet (walls are white) and a black settee and everything else is just … a hodgepodge really lol. I needed one plain ‘colour’ (or lack of) to offset everything else! And I find brown and its variations a bit depressing

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Another trend Katelyn believes is reaching the end of its lifespan is the colorful plaster accent wall. Apparently this trend spread rapidly during the onset of the pandemic, as many of us were grasping for any excitement or joy we could possibly find, but their time in the limelight has come to an end. “Something about the texture on the bright plaster walls really shows contrast,” designer Nick Lewis explains in a TikTok. “[The look is] sort of gives a ’90s textured wall that I think will look really dated very soon.” To replace this trend, Nick wants to see muted panel mouldings, that are the same color as a wall’s paint, become popular. “[They’re a great way to add texture to a wall. Light plays off the panels in really interesting ways and can make your home feel really luxurious.” 

I’ve got a 1930s semi, with separate living room, kitchen and dining room. Would never want open plan. I like to be able to close doors on mess

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I live in the west as a contractor. The amount of rich people that want to put reclaimed barn wood up on the interior of their home without considering that it is covered in horse p**s and s**t it too damn high.

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Stone gardens. You lose the cooling effect of vegetation in the summer, bees are dying and most stone gardens just look ugly. Sorry, not sorry.

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At the end of the day, design is subjective, and you should stand by what makes you feel cozy and comfortable in your home. But if you just don’t know where to start when decorating your humble abode, you might want to take this list into consideration. Keep upvoting the responses featuring trends you wish would die out as well, and feel free to share your hot takes about current home trends in the comments below. Then if you want to check out Bored Panda’s last article on this same topic, look no further than right here. 

45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand Funny how things change isn’t it? I saw a house on Right Move recently which just screamed 1990s. The living room had that half wallpaper half painted style with a wallpaper border at the ceiling. The bathroom tiles with one random one with a flower design on and coloured bathroom suite ….

As for modern styles … those bloody obnoxious wall stencils can get in the bin. Live, Laugh, Love and all that bollocks. Everything seems to be bright white and grey and those geometric kitchen lights …

Firebrand777 , Max Vakhtbovych Report

Not on houses but the little f*****g balconies on large apartment buildings.

Not real balconies, the ones just for show.

In 10 years they’re going to be ugly as s**t and in need of repair, and nobody will want to keep them.

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45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand I’m sick of bloody bulbs everywhere. I’ve got a smallish kitchen and there are seven bulbs in there, with three different types of bulb and fitting. It’s completely unnecessary and such a ballache. Rather than buying a box of generic bulbs to replace each one as it goes I have to buy and store boxes of all different types of bulbs and remember which ones go where.

Ohtherewearethen , Jonathan Borba Report

Not sure about specific things but my local area (West Sussex) has been covered in housing projects the past decade and there is practically no character in any of them. Just endless identical copy and paste boxes with tiny gardens and giant roofs that are designed to be turned into loft conversions in the future. There have been so many indentical developments across the county that I can tell which developer has built them from the house designs alone. The only differences I can see between the “affordable” and “premium” houses in the developments is that the premium ones come with some kind of cladding and occasionally with the extension already built in. They all get built in ~6 months with the exact same timber framing and breeze block construction and all the landscaping appears to be a case of how many meters of grass and homebase plants can we squeeze in in the week before the owner moves in. I’d be genuinely astonished if they maintain value anywhere near as long as the 80s/90s housing developments that are already here.

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45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand Grey everything. Grey windows, grey doors, grey kitchens, all of it. Dont quite understand why everything has to be grey these days.

Needlessly cladding perfectly fine properties with fake wood. Costs thousands, literally serves no purpose and looks dumb as f**k. As if we’re supposed to believe your 1950s townhouse was supposed to have ‘oak’ cladding on it.

One I hope goes, but probably wont – mounting sockets half way up the wall to allow wall mounting of certain gadgets/tvs… no… just please no, I would rather go to the additional expense and effort to have to hide cables on the off chance I utilise it, than have these butt ugly mains sockets everywhere at eye level.

AllRedLine , Max Vakhtbovych Report

“Look at my house” lights. Big flashy lights that people shine on their houses to show them off overnight.

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I think a housing trend that will go out of style quite soon will be being able to afford your energy bill.

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Taking out the wall between the house and conservatory so there’s no barrier, meaning you can’t shut the door on the icebox room in winter or the blazing hot oven room in summer.

And in the same vein replacing external walls with glass and knocking down internal walls. We do not have the climate for these arrangements!

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Literally anything new build. Every single house is built like there’s just one 25 year old man living there.

Also, open plan. Good luck heating your 350 sq ft living room with your single modern column radiator pumping out 2500 BTUs.

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45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand That trend of glueing strips of MDF to the wall as panelling and painting the whole thing in a safe sage green or disappointing blue. It’ll be a right s**t to get off, too.

anon , FWStudio Report

I reckon all the pinterest pirates doing the geometric patterns with tape and paint samples. Which somehow then seems to make it into the metro newspaper as a “hack”.

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45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand I’ll die on this hill: Bifold doors. Looks amazing in a magazine. However, if you have kids, sticky awful kids, they just become a wash of hand prints. It’s not energy efficient having a whole wall of windows. In the right kind of extension it works, but I’ve seen so many of these open plan diner things where you can’t open a window by the oven or release cooking smells – only a door – as they’ve gone all across the back. Prob fab for the 3 days of great weather you also happen to host a bbq this country gets, but it seems a design trend for a different climate.

Deep pile carpet can go do one as well. We inherited this on our staircase, and you can’t walk on it with a pair of socks without leaving a little trail of lint. Have to Hoover way more often.

han_reddits , Packers Australia Report

Shiny red kitchens. I’m sorry, red kitchen lovers, but strong colours are best reserved for walls, IMO, where they can be easily changed at minimal cost.

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I hate this grey look, my wife started buying crushed velvet furniture and mirrored tables etc. I hate it

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Square toilets, sinks and baths. They look s**t, are so uncomfortable to sit on/lie in, but everyone has them.

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Apparently wrapping kitchen countertops in Vinyl is a thing now… Seen mainly on TikTok…

Don’t have to worry too much about it looking dated in the next decade or so, seeing as it will never last that long before peeling..

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Probably the radiator, because no point in having it if we can’t afford to heat the f*****g thing

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45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand I worked in the flooring trade the last 20 years or so and have seen a lot come and go. Chocolate brown was popular for a while. Greys / silvers, aubergine, striped stair cases. I always advised against these things. I had a lot of customers come back after a few years, ripping up the chocolate brown to replace with silver etc….

rygza , henry perks Report

45 Terrible Modern Home Design Trends That People Just Don't Understand Terrazzo, brass, house plants & ply will be done soon. Also as someone else mentioned those LED light strips that some people have instead of personalities.

anon , Skylar Kang Report

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