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The Worst Trends to Come from HGTV

Barn Doors

Barn Doors

Oh, these again. HGTV you should have known better. Barn doors were all the rage, and there wasn’t a renovation where you didn’t see one. Here’s the problem: these planks of wood on rollers are not functional! They scratch your walls, they never work correctly, and all in all…they’re just not worth it. 

Barn doors were one of those trends that anyone could have. It appealed to regular people who wanted something cool in their space. We don’t fault this trend for being accessible…just ugly. A particularly funny result of this trend was those “Barn Door Fails,” where we learned barn doors do not make good bathroom doors!

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Cream, Linen and Wood Decor Schemes

Cream, Linen and Wood Decor Schemes

We love creams, linen, and natural wood…however, too much of a good thing starts to turn sour quickly. That’s exactly what happened with this design scheme. HGTV pushed this theme to its max, and now it’s tired and kind of dated. For a few years, it’s all you could find in big box stores! 

We love clean decor with some natural elements. There’s a definite reason why these trends were so big, they look great! Hopefully, this trend cools down a bit. In the meantime, we’ll keep complaining about not having any other options. 

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Cotton Stems

Cotton Stems

Cotton stems, where do we start? This trend straight from Joanna Gaines and HGTV was just stupid! Decorative stems are great, but this cotton trend went way too far! We hope everyone enjoyed picking dust out of those cotton balls over the past five years. 

What’s ridiculous is that these stems are absurdly expensive only because everyone and their mother ran and got them in 2015. It’s time for this trend to go. Write it down in the history books as something to never pick up again. Looking back, people are going to think we’re absolutely crazy. 

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Back Splash Trends

Back Splash Trends

For some reason, the home decor industry just can’t leave tile trends alone! We get it, it’s one of the few places you can add some detail and it not be a jarring mess. However, have you ever bought a home and actually liked the backsplash someone picked out? No! There’s a reason why. 

Backsplash is subjective and because people choose to use this area as a form of self-expression, chances are the next person really isn’t going to vibe with the choice. Our advice is to stick with a timeless tile. Don’t follow this year’s trend or you’ll end up with the next tacky chevron. 

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Faux Taxidermy

Faux Taxidermy

Taxidermy on its own is already a tacky thing to have in a home. Faux taxidermy is that much worse! HGTV is to blame for reviving this trend with a twist. From stuffed animal taxidermy to accessorized thrifted finds we are ready to see this trend go! 

Have you ever walked into a person's house and noticed a cow skull hanging on their wall like they live in a saloon straight out of a western movie? This trend took the U.S. by storm in 2015 and we’re still trying to live it down. The trend got so out of hand that they even started dressing the skulls up with little cowboy hats. 

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Liminal Children’s Rooms

Liminal Children’s Rooms

Something that most HGTV viewers have groaned about recently has been the inundation of bleak baby rooms! Nurseries should be full of color and fun things that teach children…not make them feel like they're in a padded room! It’s honestly pretty sad that children’s decor has gotten so minimal. 

Childhood is the one time when you can be tacky and playful without being judged for it. Let kids be kids! Let them pick their own decorations and get obsessed with the latest Disney movie. It’s perfectly fine for kids to have an ugly room…and it doesn’t mean you’re bad at decorating either. 

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Mid-Century Modern Revival

Mid-Century Modern Revival

Listen, we love mid-century modern! It’s arguably one of the most balanced home decor trends of all time…but HGTV ruined it. HGTV brought mid-century modern to the mainstream and the design methodology has gone downhill ever since. 

Unfortunately, the home decor world was polluted with cheap knock-offs and blasphemous attempts at this wonderful design style and the public has had enough. It’s sad that this wonderful design period has been tainted by the big-box commercial decor industry. Let’s give this trend a rest; maybe it can be done better in a few years. 

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Fire Pits

Fire Pits

Not every house needs a firepit…there we said it. Half of us out there aren’t responsible enough to handle an open flame, let alone a gaping flaming hole in our yard! Seriously though, people will spend a whole weekend dredging through their bermuda grass just to build a firepit they’ll use a few times a year. 

It’s cool when a campground has a firepit, but if we see one more hole in the ground lined with cheap landscaping stones from Lowes, we’re going to scream! These DIY hell-holes are rarely lined with weed-blocker so that clean gravel circle around the firepit usually has weeds growing through in less than a month. 

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Shiplap

Shiplap

Thanks Joanna Gaines. HGTV, with the help of their favorite fixer-upper, had half of America ripping out their sheetrock and hunting for wooden boards! For those who don’t know, shiplap is horizontal board backing that is commonly found in older homes. Joanna Gaines exposed shiplap in many of her projects, and people lost their minds. 

Unless you want your home to look like the inside of a Cracker Barrel, or the outside of a barn…we suggest leaving this trend to those who wish they could relive the dustbowl. To be completely honest, this HGTV trend is just plain dumb. In a few years, people will whole-heartedly regret participating in this fad. 

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All Black & White Pictures

All Black & White Pictures

Since when did it become an interior design fail to have pictures of your life on the wall in full color? For some ridiculous reason, people watching HGTV got the notion that having pictures of your life in your house was tacky, and if you were going to have them…they had to be in black and white to match. 

This trend is absurd. It’s your house, your family, and your life. Hang the pictures in color! If you’re concerned about them matching, keep groupings of the same photoshoots together so they at least look similar. Pictures of friends and family are the most beautiful decoration you could have in a home. 

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Entryway Benches

Entryway Benches

After the invention of the “Mud Room” came the necessity of entryway benches. Benches at the entrance of commercial buildings have been around for hundreds of years, but in the home, it hasn’t been quite necessary. However, in recent years, we haven’t seen an entryway without a bench!

HGTV tries to conjur up another trendy piece of furniture for every space. People saw tiny scenes of homes on TV where every inch of space was decorated. What they didn’t see was how cramped those homes felt in real life when the camera wasn’t perfectly angled. 

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Oversized Wall Clocks

Oversized Wall Clocks

Does anyone else remember the time when clocks were all-the-rage? Giant clocks, small clocks, galleries of clocks! It was like a bad episode of Doctor Who! It seems like HGTV picks an emphasis piece every few years to commercialize, and this is just one of them. 

Wall clocks were in every shape and size imaginable for years! People were even painting clocks on their walls and attaching motorized hands to make giant “wall” clocks. This trend got out of hand and there’s no one else to thank for it other than HGTV. 

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Animal Hide Rugs

Animal Hide Rugs

What is it that compels people to skin an animal to use as a rug in a house? Maybe if we lived in a pre-cotton gin time, I could understand. These days we can make rugs almost out of anything! Honestly, animal hide rugs are just plain tacky! 

People want their homes to fell fancy, we get it, but HGTV started this trend of cowhide and rabbit fur rugs again. Most people opt for faux fur, but for those that don’t…this trend is irresponsible. Another reason this trend sucks is that it’s incredibly difficult to clean fur rugs, so not only are they ugly…but they’re also gross. 

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Overdone Outdoor Spaces

Overdone Outdoor Spaces

One particularly funny trend we see in all HGTV houses is incredibly overdone outdoor spaces. HGTV influences use the yard to show off their design prowess…we get it; gardening has been a hobby for centuries. However, they’re not just making manicured flowerbeds, they’re making grade-A money pits!

The upkeep on extensive landscaping can grow quite costly. From firepits (gross) to ridiculous outdoor offices (dumb), HGTV is constantly looking for another way to squeeze a buck out of the rest of us. Here’s a bit of advice…you don’t need an outdoor kitchen, office, or sleeping nook. You’ll never use it. 

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Unnecessary Modern Minimalism

Unnecessary Modern Minimalism

Minimalism became HGTV’s motto for about a decade, but honestly, we’re tired of it. Modernism and minimalism are great, don’t get us wrong, but at some point living in a minimal space just gets a little uncomfortable. 

Take Kim and Kanye’s house that looks more like a dentist office. The whole minimal fad works great in public spaces, but in a home you’re missing a key component…comfort. HGTV pushed modern minimalism way too hard, and it’s time we push back a bit. No more empty rooms, harsh materials and bleak color schemes!

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Putting Packaged Household Items in Unbranded Containers

Putting Packaged Household Items in Unbranded Containers

For whatever reason, HGTV convinced millions of people to take their commonly used household items out of their branded containers and put them in neutral unlabeled jars and baskets. Listen, if you don’t want a bag of flour on your countertop, get a container. However, spending hundreds on unlabeled containers is just absurd. 

We’re here to tell you that this trend is overrated. Not every room in your house needs to be styled to the nines. It’s okay for your laundry room cabinets to be a little messy. It’s a workspace. Your pantry? It’s storage. Cram as much as you can in there. Yes, it should be organized…but for the love of all things holy, don’t stress yourself out over a tide pod. 

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Ripping Out Mature Landscaping

Ripping Out Mature Landscaping

The first thing those HGTV influencers do when they get their hand on established landscaping is rip it all up. If you have the budget to replace your existing foundational landscaping with new mature shrubs and trees, go ahead! But if not, think twice about ripping out old for new. 

Buying mature landscaping can cost thousands more than just sprucing up what you have. Using babies will take years before you can enjoy the fruits of your labors. Our advice is to not believe everything you see on HGTV and utilize what you can of your existing landscaping. 

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Fiddle Leaf Figs

Fiddle Leaf Figs

While the Ficus lyrata, known as the Fiddle-Leaf Fig to us common folks, is a gorgeous plant that nicely lives in any space…those suckers are so hard to keep alive! They’re also egregiously expensive for no reason at all. Over the past few years, we’re quite sure keeping these pesky plants alive has formed a billion-dollar industry. 

Honestly, from the soil to the water you’re supposed to give it this plant has a specific set of needs that verge on “needy!” HGTV pushed these plants on us, convincing us all that we must have one in our houses. Little did we know we would be inviting someone more high maintenance than our mother-in-laws!

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White-Washed Brick

White-Washed Brick

Is there anything wrong with a white house? Absolutely not! White can be classic and beautiful. However, too much white starts to look a little…liminal. A wise person once said: “Neutrals are for people who have no taste.” Meaning that if you can’t play with color on a home…you really don’t know what you’re doing. 

White is a total cop-out! It’s safe and will probably sell to anyone later, we get it. But do you want a home that conforms to the masses or stands out for being beautiful? It’s sad to see beautiful brickwork covered up with white paint (especially when half of these people pick the wrong white). 

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Gallery Walls

Gallery Walls

It’s almost like HGTV is constantly looking for more ways to decorate every square inch of a space. No other trend from HGTV accomplishes this like those tacky gallery walls. Gallery walls are a cluttered hodge-podge of different wall decor crammed together in a semi-harmonious fashion. 

Do they look good? More often than not…no, they don’t. This is just another cash grab from HGTV. This trend is similar to those candy and lighter displays at the checkout. It’s just another way for stores to up-sell you to the very last drop. It’s definitely okay to hand decor on your wall, but less is definitely more. 

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Bamboo Shower Floors

Bamboo Shower Floors

This is another horrible trend that never should have happened. Having a nice surface to step on with wet feet is awesome, but when your shower floor isn’t scrubbable, or bleach-able, you could be in big trouble hygiene wise. 

Bamboo shower floors are just plain gross! With all the soap scum and hair that gets caught in drains, imagine what is hiding between those planks and underneath! We’ve seen people with these shower floors complain of a smell in their shower, only to be horrified by the science experiment growing right under their feet. 

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Accent Tiles

Accent Tiles

In an effort to give a space a little “personality” HGTV pushed the trend of using accent tiles in backsplash designs and showers. Tilework has been around for literal centuries, but we’re not talking about a beautiful mosaic…we’re talking about those tacky pebble accents in subway tiled showers. 

In recent years, every new build and remodel we’ve seen feels the need to add a little razzle-dazzle to their tile work, but the fact is it just looks bad. It’s a great idea in theory, but in practice, it's really just over the top. The last thing you want your home to be is “too much.”

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Tacky “Glam”

Tacky “Glam”

They’re nothing more tacky than people trying to look rich! That’s exactly what this HGTV trend is all about. Mirrored furniture, ridiculous decor, and knock off luxury artwork doesn’t make you look cool…all together, it just makes you look cheap! 

Adding a bit of glamour in your home is great, but HGTV pushes glamour over the edge. Scale it back a bit. Glamour is quite, intimate, and tastefully expressed. Small moments of glamour in your boudoir and entertainment spaces are what it’s about. Just remember if you’re trying to show off…everyone will know you’re compensating for something. 

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Moss Walls

Moss Walls

This is another HGTV trend that is great in theory but not in practice. Moss outside is gorgeous! It piles on rocks and trees and brings life to damp areas. But there is one thing you don’t want to have in your home: damp sheetrock! Damp + Dark = Mold. 

If you’re going to have a moss garden, keep it in a container! Better yet, keep it outside! There’s just not a good reason to have a living moss wall inside your home. Maybe one day when we have super cool non-microbial building materials, but until then…stick with some normal wall art why don’t ya!

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Open Concept Bathrooms

Open Concept Bathrooms

HGTV and other decor trend chasers have already ruined homes by making everything an open floor plan. However, an open-concept bathroom is truly unforgivable! Of all the places to just let it all hang out, the bathroom is definitely the worst. We can’t understand why anyone would want one. 

The biggest problem with open-concept bathrooms (besides the hilarious lack of privacy) is that it’s just a complete waste of space. Who wants a bathroom that’s the size of a bedroom? Couldn’t all that extra space go to some other room where it’s more needed? 

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Kitchen Cabinets without Doors

Kitchen Cabinets without Doors

Doorless kitchen shelves completely miss the whole point of kitchen shelves—keeping your junk safely hidden from view! Have you ever wanted to dust your plates before dinner? Well, without doors on your cabinets and shelves, you’ll probably have to do just that every time because there’s nothing there to protect them. 

Plus, doorless cabinets are just a total eyesore. HGTV types might think it looks chic and modern, but honestly, it just makes your kitchen look unfinished. When people see them, they aren’t thinking, “Where can I get some of those?” Instead, they’re thinking, “Why couldn’t these people afford to add a few doors?” 

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Floating Stairs

Floating Stairs

We have to admit—there’s something about floating stairs that actually look kind of neat. When done correctly, they can look very modern and a miracle of physics. Hey, what can we say? Even HGTV gets it right every once and a while! However, these are still a terrible idea for your home for much more practical reasons. 

We’ll give you two guesses what the problem is with floating stairs. If you said it’s because they’re a painful fall waiting to happen, you are correct! People are in love with floating stairs right until they take a tumble in the middle of the night trying to get a glass of water from the kitchen. 

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Tons of Throw Pillows on the Bed

Tons of Throw Pillows on the Bed

Call us crazy, but we thought beds are for sleeping. However, if you only paid attention to HGTV, you’d be forgiven for thinking that beds are merely a vehicle for storing and displaying throw pillows. Every bedroom on their shows looks like it belongs to the princess from “The Princess and the Pea”. 

And it’s not just that a mountain of throw pillows looks ridiculous, either. They’re also wildly impractical. Imagine it—you’re ready to hit the hay after a long, exhausting day only to realize you have to spend the next 10 minutes excavating your bed out from under a mile of throw pillows. 

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TVs Above the Fireplace

TVs Above the Fireplace

Is there anything cuter or more modern than a flat-screen TV over the fireplace? If you only watch HGTV, you might think so. However, we’re here to tell you that this configuration is not nearly all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it could be one of the worst places in the house to put your TV. 

For one, putting your TV over your fireplace could be a potential and very serious fire hazard. If it’s not placed high enough, the heat from a fire could melt or even ignite parts of the TV. But this layout is also just a major pain in the neck…literally! Who wants to constantly be craning their neck up just to see what’s on the TV? 

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Prominent Windows with No Curtains or Blinds

Prominent Windows with No Curtains or Blinds

We understand being proud of your immaculately curated home, but everyone needs a little privacy now and then. That’s why we’ll never understand why many homes on HGTV have large, prominent windows without blinds or a curtain in sight. You don’t have to let the world know what you’re up to 24/7!  

And it’s not even necessarily that you’re doing anything that needs to be hidden. But do you really want any passerby to be able to stop and gawk into your living room window? If you can’t bear to part with all that beautiful natural light all day, at least cover up after the sun sets! 

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