Interior design trends are constantly changing. Both new styles emerge and old favorites resurface. 

But sometimes a design was labeled a “trend” for a reason: it wasn’t meant to last. Here are a few interior design trends that are best to keep buried when choosing or redesigning your home:

Dark Kitchen

Dark Kitchens or Tile Countertops

You’ve seen Tuscan kitchens before; think rich cherry wood cabinetry and brown countertops. This style is often lit with warm, yellow fixtures— which contribute to the intimate, window-less, Italian feel. While this style was a popular choice in the early 2000s, this dark look can make your space seem dreary. By contrast, light-toned kitchens with natural or white lights create the illusion of “clean,” and are open and airy.


On the same topic of kitchens, interior design experts are cautioning against any temptation to bring back tiled countertops. While, this 70s style had its time and place, the retro fad is hard to clean. Grout can easily be stained with cooking liquids, and tiles are easily chipped yet hard to replace. Even when choosing granite instead, be cautious of “busy” patterns, which can make your kitchen appear loud and cluttered. 

Wallpaper Borders or Textured Walls

Why were late 90s homeowners obsessed with wallpaper borders? We’d stick these interior design nightmares to bathroom, children’s bedroom, even living room walls.  Patterns often featured natural themes like leaves, flowers, seashells, etc. and actually disrupted the eye and divided your space— making your ceilings seem shorter. Instead, opt for a pop of color on your walls to brighten and create the illusion of more space. 


Another way homeowners would modify their walls was being adding “texture” by adding popcorn ceilings or sponging paint patterns. Sloppy or tacky paint jobs can end up costing you more to fix, not to mention detract from your home’s clean, comfortable atmosphere. Ditch the sponge and 3D texture and instead choose one single wall to make a statement in your room, by adorning it with patterned paper

Pine Furniture

Pine or Simplistic Furniture

In the 80s and 90s, pine was the hot wood choice. Not only was it cheap to produce, but its neutral tone went with everything. Or so we thought. In reality, pine is cheap for a reason: it’s not as sturdy, long-lasting or vibrant as other richer trees like birch, maple or walnut. Invest in pieces that will withstand the test of time, both structurally and stylistically. 


Another way you can waste money on furniture is by purchasing items marketed as “minimalist,” when they’re really just uncomfortable showpieces without real functionality. Be sure to sit in and really picture yourself relaxing on sofas, armchairs, dining room table chairs and other seated furniture. While a piece might look chic, firm or poorly constructed furniture often gets tossed not long after the purchase. 

Phrase Artwork or Decor

Take a look around your room. Do you see an excess of “Live. Laugh. Love.” or “Home Sweet Home” signage? Forbes singled phrase artwork out as a poor interior design trend, and we understand why. 


These hanging pictures, painted blocks and stenciled knick-knacks are oftentimes cliche or busy on the eye. If you really have special phrases that mean a lot to you, limit your decor to highlighting one or two.


Exposed Shelving

Exposed shelving was becoming a popular interior design trend in recent years. It was adopted by many homeowners in kitchens and bathrooms to create a more open, oftentimes minimalist look. But therein lies the problem: you’re taking an area meant for storage and trying to double it as decor. 


Suddenly all your dinner plates and cups look overwhelming, and you’re exposing personal toiletries to guests. Not only are their many appeal risks to choosing exposed shelving, but this style requires much more upkeep, as shelves and items get dusty. Instead, decorate cabinets with classy handles and choose your favorite items to display on countertops, like your bright KitchenAid mixer in your kitchen or a piece of handmade pottery in your bathroom. 

Limited by Layout?

If you found our advice on interior design trends to avoid helpful, keep reading. In another post we cover more housing trends to steer clear of in Florida, like excessive nautical decor, too much white and more.


Never let your design ideas be limited by your floor plan again. With SC Homes, we can help to model your dream home with a layout that fits your lifestyle and appeal. 


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