Out of interior fashion: 20 anti-trends

There is the concept of “fast fashion” (fast fashion), which refers to clothing from the assembly line, a much more budgetary version of what is being shown on the catwalks right now. It allows you to dress in the spirit of the latest trends and just as quickly goes out of fashion. Its equivalent in the world of interiors is “quick decor”: inexpensive items, things “for one season”, which, however, can linger in the interior for a long time.

Starting in the 1980s, “seasonal” decor began to be sold in chains and large stores. Buying a plastic napkin or a starfish in a square frame, the consumer behaved in the same way as with fast food: quickly satisfying his hunger, he was deprived of the pleasure of collecting special items with his own history. And, as a victim of fashion, he paid twice.

Marine motives

Anchors, ropes, and shells should be left on the beach, not in your living room. Even if the house is located near the ocean, get rid of the “marine decor”. You can create a beach atmosphere in much less obvious ways. Choose a color palette inspired by seascapes, or add subtle décor elements like corals and driftwood.


In the 80s, everyone loved the floral print, which means it was everywhere. In modern design, floral motifs are used more thoughtfully – as accents. In the 90s and 2000s, ferns literally took over the house, but there is no need for the living room to look like a dinosaur-age greenhouse.

Lace tablecloths and napkins

Speaking of lace, especially paired with a floral tablecloth, it should be noted that for a modern interior (even in the spirit of boho chic) ​​this is too much. Twenty years ago, plastic lace tablecloths were placed over plastic to protect furniture. Like any imitation, it is better not to let this plastic luxury into the current eco-oriented interiors.

Artificial flowers and fruits

To many in the 90s, artificial inflorescences and branches seemed like an interesting way to decorate a space. Still lifes of fake apples and grapes might have looked funny back then, but not the dust they collected. With the increased popularity of farm products and city markets, there is no need for them at all. And the “biological” copies of plants are completely anti-trend – good for a TV show.

Tuscan cuisine

This style was ubiquitous in the early 2000s and can be attractive in its own way. However, the main thing in today’s kitchens is to create a visually light, free space for cooking and socializing, and not to imitate Italian villas.


Jars, since the 90s, have become the answer to all small household needs. They are used as candle holders, salad containers, soap dispensers – the list goes on. In trendy cafes they serve cocktails. However , with the advent of a huge number of interesting handicraft products, incl. handmade vases, jars can return to their original purpose of storing canned food and cereals in cupboards.

Damascus or damask pattern

This pattern could be found in the 90s on everything from wallpaper to curtains. If you still have a damask in your home, try replacing it with a large print: floral or abstract (it is important not to have too much of it). Even in the wake of nostalgia for past decades, like fur and too bright mirror shine, it is already strongly associated with the glamor and baroque of past decades.

Wallpaper borders

Regardless of whether the border runs through the middle of the nursery or cuts off the top of the wall, this trend has not been relevant since the 90s.

Skirting board in floor color

How much effort was spent on finding an oak plinth to match the oak parquet! However, such decor makes even the most beautiful floor look like a trough. The floor plinth is a relative of the boiserie, which was used to cover the walls not so much for beauty, but for warmth in damp, poorly heated chateaus, and it is part of the wall, not the floor. Today, the gap between the floor and the wall can be camouflaged in various ways, in particular, by completely abandoning the plinth. Another option is to opt for a flat white with minimal embossing or an accent black that accentuates and doorways.

Hollywood mirrors

Even if you are a star, this does not mean that every morning you should be blinded by the glamor of the 90s. Today, bathroom lighting is more delicate and softer than lamps attached to mirrors.

Avocado with cinnamon

These two calm shades were at the peak of popularity in the US in the 70s, when the country was recovering from the Vietnam War. But now this combination of shades is perceived as dull and, of course, outdated.


In the early 2000s, we often witnessed the massive use of any one material: for example, dark granite in kitchens. Today, the emphasis is on a minimalist aesthetic with lighter materials.


The checkered plaid pattern from the 70s could be found not only on beds and sofas, but also on the pattern of the wallpaper – and feel like in a checkered kaleidoscope. As with many other items on this list, the key point here is a strict minimum dosage.

Pine furniture

Individual objects made of light pine wood look great – as small accents, especially in a Scandinavian interior. But not when almost everything is made of pine – from bookshelves to cabinets, as in the 80s and 90s.

Vertical blinds

Not only are they rather inconvenient to open and close, vertical blinds are an obvious relic of the past. Invest in beautiful curtains to add to the charm of the room.

Bean bags

These chairs are a hello from the 90s. They might have been handy for a bite of pizza between classes at university, but they shouldn’t be leaving their dorms. In order not to sacrifice comfort, it is better to purchase a comfortable beautiful reading chair.

Lambrequins and frills

Of course, almost everything in the 80s was ruffled: from curtains to skirts. But when there are lambrequins on the window, and the bed is with frills, this is already a problem. Especially when the lambrequins match the color of the curtains, and they match the furniture, you understand that you definitely fell into the decade before last. Or maybe a century.

Glass blocks

Glass blocks have been used to add light to the bathroom without sacrificing privacy. Now, however, the decision is not too relevant.

Acoustic ceiling

Embossed acoustic ceilings (popcorn ceiling) are no longer in vogue. Instead of adding relief to the surface, it is better to paint it in a bright color.

Massive and quilted headboards

In the past, headboards were large, heavy, and made of wood. Today, they are often more minimalistic or non-existent. Canopies and canopies, on the other hand, do not lose their relevance. Quilted furniture has been around for centuries, but it no longer looks as fashionable as it once did. Now it looks a little stuffy – and if you want a really spectacular headboard, choose one that is spectacular, and not something that can blend into your mattress.

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