How to Know If Your Home Decor Sucks

January 17, 2013

70s-bedroom2When I bought my house last year, it was blaringly obvious its decor hadn’t been touched by an interior designer with a 10-foot-pole anytime in the past two decades. You would enter onto turquoise carpet, and as your eyes inevitably traveled upwards, you would see baby pink baseboards, rose-stenciled wallpaper so treacherous even the blue wallpaper underneath it wouldn’t let it stay, brass fixtures, and the worst, popcorn ceiling. And then it hit me: “Wow, this interior design sucks.” Intimidating as it was, changing that home decor was– and still is– a challenge, but like any disease, admission is the first step in getting help.

So how can you tell if your home decor sucks? We’ve devised a very simple, very agreeable design guide to match up against your interior design as well as more visually appealing solutions. Print up this quick guide, walk around your place, and hopefully you won’t have much (or any) items checked off!

If You Have:

70’s Pendant Lights

Bad 70s light. Bad.

Bad 70’s light. Bad.

You’ve seen this before: the hanging light adorned with glass, emblazoned with brass, and etched with some sort of flower, plant, or small animal. Yea, these are terrible.

Your Solution:

Wooden Bulb

Wooden Bulb

Industrial is a hot home design at the moment, and although it will fade away like all trends do, we love it nonetheless for its effortlessly modern feel and casual chicness. A Wooden Bulb from Suck UK creates an easy focal point in any room without too much distraction in its design.

If You Have:

 Wooden Paneling

Bad 70s paneling. BAD.

Bad 70s paneling. BAD.

Do you live in a trailer? Didn’t think so. Even the wet bar can’t save this classic 70s rec room look. The walls must come crashing down.

Your Solution:

Paintable Wallpaper

paintable Wallpaper

Paintable Wallpaper (before on the right, after on the left)

Rather than have some permanent fixture glued onto your wall, try paintable wallpapers. Many feature textured designs that lend some interest while allowing you to saturate it with whatever color suits you. The best part? It involves no adhesive to apply or damage to walls after removal. Many large retailers like Lowe’s and Sherwin Williams carry a variety of patterns and shapes, from classic to creative.

If You Have:

Any Sort of Beer or Bikini-Related Poster

Beer Poster

Beer Poster

Unless you live in a frat house or are between the ages of 17 to 22, you should NOT have one of these beer posters or any lingerie-clad ladies sprawled on your walls.

Your Solution:

Umbra Frama Mirrored Wall Decor

Umbra Frama Set

Umbra Frama Set

Posters have no place in the modern home, but this Umbra Frama Mirrored Wall Decor does. The set of five mirrored frames offer some visual interest without the mental overload of details, and the lack of pictures lets your eye move freely about the room.

If You Have:

Wicker Fruit Bowl

Wicker Basket

Wicker Basket

Every thrift store will have a good variety of these, and for good reason: they’re ugly.

Your Solution:

Wire Loop Fruit Bowl

Wire Loop Fruit Bowl

Wire Loop Fruit Bowl

Durable and sleek, this Wire Loop Fruit Bowl from UK design authorities Black + Blum uses a single metal wire spiraled around itself to create a clever basket that doesn’t hide the vibrant colors of fruit but highlights them with a contrasting industrial-inspired design.

I think we’ve made our point clear by now: if you can tie your home decor to a specific decade or past trend (especially the 70s or 80s), it sucks. And it needs to go. Godspeed!

8 Responses to “How to Know If Your Home Decor Sucks”

  1. kerah13 Says:

    I definitely agree that the sucky decor is sucky, but some of the solutions seem like they’ll be quickly outdated as well, such as the wood bulb and the paintable wallpaper. Maybe it’s just me, but the paintable wallpaper looks pretty tacky. It could just be the picture.

  2. T Wilson Says:

    The wire loop basket does give a fresh contemporary feel to the whole image, compared to the typical wooden basket, especially when my house has a white theme overall. Got to admit the wooden wicker bowl looks totally out of place.

  3. Gul Says:

    Hi Sasha,
    You are really Super and ideas you shared here are superb too. Before reading this post I was satisfied with the interiors of my home but now I am not feeling well with interiors setting of my home. I must have to make some chanigings very soon.
    Thansk

    • Super Sasha Says:

      I hope I didn’t make you feel too badly! It’s good to change things up every once in a while; your environment can have a huge impact on how you feel. But if you don’t want to go through the trouble of updating your place, you can always call it “vintage”, “modest”, or my favorite, “casually elegant”! Haha!

  4. aubree Says:

    The paint-able wallpaper is a really good idea. I wonder how hard it is to remove later?

    • Super Sasha Says:

      The websites I researched said it would just peel off because of a light adhesive it had. I could only imagine if it would be more difficult with paint over the seams…

  5. Sharon Says:

    Hahah. My garage conversion apartment doesnt have a college poster or a wicker basket but it hits all others. And don’t forget about tile! Tile is NEVER updated in homes until someone comes in with money. Mine looks like yellow and brown barfed orange. :)


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