6 Decorating trends that are definitely a thing of the past

Oct 8, 2018 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Hi All. In my last post I talked about the best design tips I could possibly give you when decorating your own home, you can see that post here.  Today I wanted to talk about what not to do, the trends that have been and gone or are on the way out. How do you tell if something is just that? A trend that could possibly date your home within 12/24 months.

Heavily stylised kitchens

For instance, styles such as French Provincial or Tuscan that generally involved a lot of decorative embellishments in the joinery, overly fussy capping and panel detailing and heavily textured granite are definitely a thing of the past. Our kitchens now are much more simple in style and texture. We bring in interest through the use of timbers, picking out key areas with different finishes, fresh marble stone tops (or marble look engineered stones). Generally simple is better. This often is the main area of the home, perhaps open to and visible from the living and dining room, therefore more simple lines, are the way to go.


Let’s talk about these for a moment. Fabric swags, valances, even tie backs for me are gone. I’m still seeing fabric pelmets (and timber) where needed. But curtains are elegant, soft and streamlined. S-Folds and Box-Pleats are my most used styles. With S-Fold probably winning out. There’s nothing like a beautiful soft sheer in a master bedroom to add that sense of luxury. Choose lighter weight fabrics and no fuss applications.

Wicker furniture indoors

This may be controversial but I’m not into outdoor furniture that can be used indoors. I think it’s either or. Different if we’re talking about a winter garden, or sun room. But you will definitely not see any wicker furniture that looks like it should be outdoors in my designs. This is very dates these days and should be left in the 70’s and 80’s. It’s not even a cool retro look in my opinion.


We touched on this above in the kitchen styles. However, granite is still quite popular in my client’s homes, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s the most hardy of the natural stones and in fact it’s harder wearing than engineered stones. However like I said above those heavy granite slabs with lots of texture are no longer the way to go. Choose the styles that have less character, believe me with granite less is more. Keep it calmer, especially if your kitchen is in the middle of your living space.

Pine floors and furniture

Definitely best left in the 80’s. The pine furniture is easy to address either paint it or donate it. If you have pin floorboards it’s not the end of the world. I would stain them a dark colour if the light in your home allows for this. They come up really well with an almost black/chocolate brown stain.

Popcorn ceilings

We very nearly purchased a home that his these textured ceilings through the whole of the main living areas. That would have been one of the first things on the list to remove and it’s not an easy job. But it has to go, textured ceilings are a no no, why oh why would we want texture on our ceilings? Be gone!

I feel like I’m on a roll here, so I might have to continue this conversation next time. Happy decorating people.

NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.

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