7 Home Decor Faux Pas That Date Your Interiors, According to Designers

Some home decor trends have an expiration date. While midcentury-modern designs like sleek Eames furniture or Eero Saarinen–designed Womb chairs are back in fashion and selling big, for example, others can make homes passé. Not to mention, a home stuck in the past might actually lose some of its potential resale value. According to Eugene Colberg, principal of Colberg Architecture in Brooklyn, “Updates to a house can maximize value when placing the home on the market,” he says. “Homes are also more enjoyable to live in when they have been updated,” Colberg says. 

The usual culprits, like popcorn ceilings or laminate floors, are easy to spot. But how to find the newly to-be-retired faux pas around the house? Don’t worry. AD did the work for you. Read on for a list of seven lackluster features you should refresh stat. 

All-gray interiors

Gray on gray on gray fails to inspire creativity in interior design.

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“Whenever I see a home that has gray-tone wood flooring, gray cabinets, gray walls, tile, and countertops, I think not only does the space look dull but also dated,” says Becky Wright of the Sorry Girls, YouTube creators in Toronto, focusing on DIY, sustainability, and interior design. White hues and muted, gray interiors were the providence of shabby-chic and cottage-style interiors of the ’80s and ’90s. Even Joanna Gaines, who elevated the farmhouse style on Fixer Upper, breaks up the grays with saturated greens and bold blues. 

If you’re not sure how to proceed or if you should take the plunge with a bold color, Wright recommends opting for white, which is easier to paint over if you later change your mind or want to personalize with any color furniture. You can also try your hand at peel-and-stick wallpaper with an interesting pattern. According to a recent home decor trends survey by Klarna, global payments and shopping service, there has been a 92% increase in purchases of peel-and-stick wallpaper, particularly in jewel tones and patterns.

Carpeted stairs

Carpeted stairs often lack panache.

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