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When 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!
70’s Pendant Lights
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any Sort of Beer or Bikini-Related 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.
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.
Wicker Fruit Bowl
Every thrift store will have a good variety of these, and for good reason: they’re ugly.
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!