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25 Tacky Bedroom Decor Mistakes

Tufted Headboards

Tufted Headboards

Tufted headboards are so finicky. They look amazing right up until they get stained by hair oil, sweat...or something even worse. 

Wallpaper Borders

Wallpaper Borders

This may have been huge in the ‘90s, but that was 20 years ago. And they were wrong then, too! 

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Ruffled Bedskirts

Ruffled Bedskirts

Save the ruffles for your bed and breakfast. Who wants to sleep in a bed that looks like the one grandma kicked the bucket in? 

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Plaid Fabrics Everywhere

Plaid Fabrics Everywhere

If you're raising a Scottish child, then by all means--go plaid crazy. Otherwise, you'll end up with a bedroom that looks immature and dated, and that's quite the feat to pull off. 

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Cheap Bedding

Cheap Bedding

There’s nothing worse than sliding into gross-feeling sheets or a creaky bed at the end of a long day. You’re going to spend a lot of time in that bed of yours. Make it worth your while. Don’t skip the good stuff.

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Pallet Beds

Pallet Beds

Is your bedroom a rock quarry? Are you stacking limestone on these pallets? 

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Accent Walls

Accent Walls

Accent walls are just a nice way of saying your paint job looks lopsided. 

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Faux Taxidermy

Faux Taxidermy

Faux taxidermy is for cheaters and hipsters. If you want a buck on your wall, you should have to go out and hunt it like the rest of us. 

Lava Lamps

Lava Lamps

Lava lamps might have been a hit back in the day, but now they're the purview of teenagers and creeps. 

Water Beds

Water Beds

We don't even have to make fun of water beds for them to seem like a bad idea. Who wants to be tossed and turned by the waves night after night? 

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Macramé

Macramé

Macramé is not decor. It's an art project your kids do that you begrudgingly hang up. 

Leopard Print

Leopard Print

Yes, this is a thing. No, it should not be a thing. It needs to stay out of style. You’re not a ‘60s fashion model, and leopard print shouldn’t be on anything you own.

Chevron

Chevron

Chevron blew up thanks to Pinterest. Also, thanks to Pinterest, it out-grew its welcome about two weeks after we first heard of it. Opt for subtler, less trendy patterns like herringbone instead.

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Faux Fur Rugs

Faux Fur Rugs

Once again, you haven't earned the right to throw a dead bear on the floor unless you've killed it yourself. That being said, why would you want to in the first place? 

Under-Bed Lights

Under-Bed Lights

Few things scream “Fresh-Out-of-College Bachelor” more than under bed lights. They’re up there with futons and Fight Club Posters. Dim lighting is great, but try to use lamps instead.

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Bright, Bold Colors

Bright, Bold Colors

Neon walls seem like a great idea until you wake up in bed and immediately have a headache from the noisy colors. 

Posters

Posters

Posters are great for college kids who are forced to pay for their decorations for the first time, but that’s about it. After that, upgrade to some actual art. Look around some local stores or make something yourself. And if you can’t seem to get away from that Harry Potter theme, check out Etsy for some cool, not-poster art.

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Fake Curtains

Fake Curtains

You might not live in a trailer, but you could have fooled me with those blankets you're using as curtains. 

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Tapestries

Tapestries

Tapestries can be gorgeous, elaborate works of art, but they are finicky to get right. They need to perfectly balance out the hard and soft aspects of a room, and that’s rarely done well. Add in the fact that they are very frequently associated with some plant loving friends of ours from the ‘60s and you’ll have to think before including a tapestry in your bedroom.

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Mismatched Nightstands

Mismatched Nightstands

Nightstands are great ways to add both functionality and personality to a bedroom. They’re like people, though: they have to be compatible if they’re going to spend too much time together. If they aren’t things get tense.

Mirrored Dressers

Mirrored Dressers

Clearly the person who invented this had way too much self-esteem. I barely want to look at myself in the bathroom mirror, much less my dresser. 

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Plywood Headboards

Plywood Headboards

Plywood is the Bud Light of wood. If that analogy didn't make sense, don't worry--neither do plywood headboards. 

Banana Leaf Wallpaper

Banana Leaf Wallpaper

You're decorating a bedroom, not a tiki bar from the 1960s. 

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Cheesy Typographic Art

Cheesy Typographic Art

Fonts can be beautiful, and when paired with a great quote, it seems like a great idea. But there’s so many good quotes out there. Why limit yourself to just one? Instead of hanging typographic art, try a bookshelf instead. Books have plenty of good quotes in them.

Lumberjack

Lumberjack

You’re (probably) not a lumberjack. It’s a little odd to decorate your bedroom like you are. And even if you were, why would you decorate your bedroom with your job? Accountants (probably) don’t decorate their bedrooms with calculators. Try to get a little bit more of you in there. If you need the outdoors inside, try hanging a painting instead.

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