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The 30 Tackiest Decor Trends of All Time

Linoleum

Linoleum looks just like tile...assuming that you’re standing at least 1000 feet away and have underlying eye problems. This cheap flooring material has been around since the 1800s, so can it finally be time to say goodbye once and for all? 

Even when you get high quality linoleum, it still looks shiny and cheap. And if you go with the low quality stuff, you can expect plenty of wear, tear, and warping.

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Carpeted Bathrooms

Carpeted bathrooms look gross, but that’s not even the main reason to be against them. Let’s just say that I hope everyone’s aim is accurate in the bathroom or you’re gonna have a mess on your hands pretty soon. 

Save the carpet for literally any other room in the house. When it goes in the bathroom, you’re just inviting chaos in. 

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Fluorescent Lights

If you’ve got fluorescent lights in your kitchen, you may as well throw a dead body in the freezer because your kitchen looks more like a morgue. These sterile, industrial looking lights leave everything bathed piercing and depressing white light. 

It’s time to say goodbye to those sad alien-looking lights and get some real fixtures. Oh, and did we mention fluorescent lights explode?

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Industrial Kitchens

The industrial kitchen aesthetic is confusing. I understand why commercial kitchens need a ton of stainless steel, but I’m not sure why people think it looks good in their home kitchen. 

Sure, clean up might be a breeze with stainless steel, but all that metal is just an eyesore. You want your home to look inviting, not utilitarian. 

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Oak Cabinets

Oak cabinets used to be all the rage, but those days are long gone. They’re no longer a fresh look--they’re a blast from the past. 

Going retro with your decor is not always bad, but you should definitely avoid the oak cabinets. You may as well just store your stuff in plywood boxes. 

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Mason Jar Decor

Mason jars are a staple of canning, and unfortunately, they’ve become a staple in kitchen decor as well. These days, instead of using them to provide food for our families, we shove some Christmas lights in them and call them decor. 

Put those jars to good use or get rid of them once and for all! We all know you don’t know how to can, anyways. 

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Chevron

There’s nothing objectively bad about chevron. Rather, it’s tacky because it shows up literally anywhere and everywhere. 

We’re not sure why this geometric design caught on like wildfire, but hopefully someone extinguishes the flames soon. 

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Futons

Futons are the worst for a couple reasons. Number one, they just look cheap. Even if you invest in a fancy one, you’re still going to make your living room look like a college dorm. 

Number two, they are generally not comfy at all. Whether you’re using it to sit or sleep, the floor is probably preferable to a futon. 

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Fake Plants

Fake plants tell the world that you can’t care for another living thing and you have no desire to try. No plants at all are preferable to fake plants. 

Why not giving real ones a try? Even if you’re terrible at taking care of them, plants don’t have to be that expensive--just replace them and no one will be the wiser!

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Plastic Storage Containers

There’s nothing wrong with investing in some cheap, plastic storage. Things only get tacky when you start treating it like actual furniture. 

Prominently displaying your plastic bins may as well be an act of aggression in the decor world. At the very least, throw a tablecloth or quilt over them. 

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Furniture Covers

Let’s be real--most of us can’t afford furniture that’s worth keeping in mint condition. And if you can afford the fancy stuff, what’s the point of buying it if you’re not going to use it?

Furniture covers turn the family sofa into a relic that must not be desecrated. Who wants to live in a house like that?

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Beer Bottle Collections

Unless you’re still in college, no one is impressed by your beer bottle collection. Heck, even if you are in college we’re not impressed. 

It’s time to say goodbye to your binge drinking days and invest in some real decor. Your liver will thank you. 

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Wood Paneling

If I want to see wood paneling, I’ll build a time machine and go visit the 70s. That’s just a roundabout way of saying that wood paneling is the worst. 

Way back when, wood paneling may have been the hot new thing, but this trend has been dated for decades. And it just won’t seem to die!

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Live, Laugh, Love Decor

Listen, if you want to live, laugh, and love in the privacy of your own home, that’s your business. But you don’t have to telegraph it to the world. 

“Live, Laugh, Love” decor is about as basic and meaningless as it gets. You may as well just nail a welcome mat to your wall--it will have the same artistic impact. 

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Tile Counters

The tile in your brand new kitchen may look as gorgeous as anything, but just give it time. You’ll grow to hate it eventually. 

It might start out looking nice, but as the grout between the tiles starts to stain and get dirty, things will get tacky quick enough. And who wants to take a toothbrush to all those tiles?

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Shag Carpet

If you love the feel of shag carpet, you may as well just let the grass grow inside your house. It might look weird, but it won’t look as tacky as your furry carpet! 

Shag carpeting brings up images of the 1970s, and let’s just say that what we’ve seen is terrifying. Slay the beast that’s living in your floor and pull that shag carpet up! 

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Waterbeds

Nothing good ever happened on a waterbed, and don’t you forget it. These retro relics are retrofuturistic in the worst way possible. 

Thankfully, the age of technology has limited the spread of waterbeds. We’ve just got too many electronics in our homes these days that we can’t be bringing hundreds of gallons of water into the house. 

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Bean Bags

Bean bags are fine for kids, but at some point, you’ve got to grow up and sit in a real chair. Does anyone that owns a bean bag really have their life together?

They may have been all the rage at one point, but who’s actively seeking out bean bags these days? Someone I definitely don’t want to know!

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Animal Print Wallpaper

Animal print wallpaper is only acceptable if you’re literally papering your walls with animal skin. Anything else is just a cheap facsimile. 

We’re not sure why you’d want to go on a safari every time you step in the living room, but count us out! 

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Nautical Decor

There is just no scenario where nautical decor is gonna work and look good. Let’s walk through the process together. 

If you live near the ocean, then nautical decor makes no sense. Just look out your window! And if you aren’t near an ocean, then nautical decor makes even less sense. No one actually believes they’re on the high seas when they step into your bathroom. 

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Fuzzy Toilet Covers

There’s no denying that fuzzy toilet covers are tacky. But more importantly, they’re a vector for disease. 

I’m not sure if you’re aware of what people do in a toilet, but let’s just say it’s not pretty. And it’s definitely not a time when you want a giant piece of fabric right there to catch all the bacteria and germs. 

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Vertical Blinds

If this was the early 90s and you were a business executive addicted to cocaine, then I could understand your desire for vertical blinds. But it’s time for everyone else to move on from them. 

In addition to looking tacky, vertical blinds are also a pain to navigate. I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to make your way through a doorway covered by vertical blinds, but you’ve basically got to punch your way out. 

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Beaded Curtains

Beaded curtains were not cool way back when, and they’re even less cool now! The only part of your personality that they illuminate is your drug use. 

Plus, what do you do if you live with someone who wants their privacy? They’re really not gonna be happy about those beads!

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Edison Bulbs

Edison bulbs look kinda cool and retro, but unfortunately, hipster coffee shops have completely overused and ruined them. The same goes for exposed brick. 

If you really want a visual treat, buy an interesting lamp to put a lightbulb into. That’s a lot cheaper than buying a decor piece that has a limited lifespan. 

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Wicker Furniture

If you have wicker furniture inside your house, you’ve done something wrong. We’re not in the 1980s anymore, Rip Van Winkle. 

That being said, poolside wicker furniture is still acceptable. If any area of your house should look like a cabana, it should be the pool. 

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TV Cabinets

If you’re ashamed of having a TV to the point where you buy furniture to hide it, why do you have a TV in the first place? TV cabinets just take one problem and turn it into a bigger problem. 

If you thought that television was an eyesore, just wait until you see the even bigger box that you’ve entombed it in! 

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Wallpaper Borders

You’ve officially entered a wallpaper-free zone. And don’t think you can sneak any wallpaper borders past us! 

Wallpaper borders are for people who aren’t willing to commit to papering their entire walls. To which I say, commit even less--ditch the wallpaper entirely! 

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Ruffled Bedskirts

Unless you’re at a B&B do you really want to wake up to a ruffled bedskirt every morning? I typically don’t want my first waking though to be, “I’m living in a dollhouse.” 

All those ruffles might have looked prim and fancy at one point, but those days are long gone. Bed minimalism is the way to go these days. 

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Marquee Lights

Marquee bathroom lights are tacky, but there’s actually an even bigger problem with them than that. They’re just not practical!

Depending on what size your “marquee” is, you might be dealing with a ton of lights. And turning them on right next to a nice, reflective mirror is just going to make your bathroom blindingly bright. 

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Sponge Painted Walls

Sponge painted walls were a trend in the late 90s/early 2000s that we wish were just a terrible nightmare. But unfortunately, they did (and do!) exist. 

We’re not sure why people enjoyed the textured effect that sponge painting provided, but we were not on board. Leave the sponges in the kitchen and the sea! 

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