Jumping onto the latest fashion trend always seems like a good idea at the time, but hindsight can be brutal
And we’re not talking about the obviously dated trends from the ’60s and ’70s – you know, wood panelling, avocado bathrooms and fuzzy toilet seat covers.
Think about the last few decades and how we really overdid it with mason jars, millennial pink and our obsession with gallery walls
For this project, homeadvisor.com worked with home décor and interiors consultant Pat McNulty, who guided us as we identified the worst home décor trends for the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room since the 1990s.
Research in hand, they assembled assembled six unique images to showcase the very worst of home décor in all its glory – from the ’90s to today.
The project was commissioned by HomeAdvisor, as part of a series of visual content campaigns they’re working on together that have one key objective: to inspire homeowners by introducing new ways of thinking about the spaces in their homes.
1990s Open plan living room kitchen
Yes, people really did have living rooms like this in the 1990s. Don’t believe us? Look at Monica’s apartment in the first series of Friends.
Nineties interior design was often a mesh of styles and colours. You could say the floral sofa was shabby chic, but it makes no sense in the context of the rest of the room. The combination of black and white floor tiles and yellow pine cabinets in the kitchen needs to stay in the ‘90s with plastic fruit and M.C. Hammer.
1990s Bedroom with en suite
Chintz, frills and canopies were a big hit in the ’90s. But then so were plastic beads, coloured blinds and wall stenciling.
The ’90s was an ‘eclectic’ time, to put it kindly
And whether it was your bedroom, bathroom or beyond, putting up border wallpaper – a thin strip of wallpaper that ran around a room – was considered fashionable.
Overall, we can forgive the ‘90s for many things, but inflatable furniture really was the worst.
2000s Open plan living room kitchen
“Have a feature wall” they said. “It’ll look great!” Well, as this living room shows, the turn of the millennium saw some questionable choices. How, for example, can one watch TV when it lives on such an attention-grabbing feature wall?
At least it might distract them from the confusing and intimidating array of lights and furniture hanging from the ceiling.
2000s Bedroom with en suite
There are hanging glass ball chairs in the bedroom too: great news for anyone who can actually sit comfortably in them. Lime green and polka dots were huge in the early 2000s. If you’re concerned that they might be too garish, every shade of brown imaginable is present to dampen their impact.
Meanwhile, the bath has been replaced with a big shower spraying water at you from all directions. Which is actually helpful as you’ll need to be thoroughly scrubbed clean after witnessing this design disaster.
2010s Open plan living room kitchen
Overcomplication is the name of the game in this living room and kitchen. Apparently, our lives are now too simple, so we need cupboards we can only reach with a ladder and doors that slide rather than swing open.
We also secretly aspire to live in a factory, so industrial-style fridges are in, along with chalkboards to remind us how much we enjoyed being at school. And as for colours? Forget them – everything’s neutral now.
2010s Bedroom with en suite
If you have trouble motivating yourself to get out of bed in the morning, then the 2010s bedroom may be just for you. The room comes adorned with a variety of ‘tasteful’ motivational slogans.
We see a selection of neutral colors that mirror the colour scheme in the kitchen. But this time there’s a splash of millennial pink as well, particularly on the pointless poufs. Over the bed is a gallery wall; a collection of dozens of photos all crammed into the smallest space possible. Nobody’s really sure why.
There you have it. The worst of home décor of the ’90s, ’00s and ’10s
Of course, we can’t afford to be too smug when looking back at these style disasters. Soon, it will be our homes that are judged.
Which of our current style trends do you think will be embarrassing in years to come?