Here Are Some Of Home Decor Mistakes Over 45 Should Avoid

Published on 03/22/2021
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The change would be a consistent part of our growth, and we might enjoy cartoons when we were kids but might not love the same things when we turned adults. The change was not a terrible thing as it could be a sign that we were maturing, but it would be a mistake to not listen to home décor advice. Our habit was to accumulate worn and cheap furniture, but there could come a time when we could buy our stuff.

Not Your Typical Room

It was typical to find a beach-themed bathroom or bedroom in a house, but it tended to look exaggerated and messy. Those who wanted to integrate the Sardinia beaches or the Montana mountains should do so in moderation. Instead of using too much home décor, it might be wise to use teal and white colors to represent the beach and include a rustic wood dresser to give the ski lodge theme.

Not Your Typical Room

Not Your Typical Room

Patterned Sofas

People wanting to modernize their houses should buy sofas that did not have patterns because these would automatically make our homes look tacky. It would also make people assume that it was designed by someone who was stuck in the ’60s. We should accept that floral sofas, chairs, and loveseats had the “senior” looking vibes.

Patterned Sofas

Patterned Sofas

Covered With Framed Photos

It might be our instinct to proudly showcase our favorite pictures but showing off more than a couple of photo frames would immediately make it feel like a grandma’s house. As an alternative, we could buy a digital photo frame that would let us have a slideshow of our best images. Using this method, we could ensure that all of our loved ones were included and not left out.

Covered With Framed Photos

Covered With Framed Photos

Printed In Floral

Florals might be one of the high contenders in the fashion industry, but it was not the same for home décor. It did not matter whether we had the floral sofa for so long and still have to remove it. Floral furniture and fixtures were some of the things that would make our houses feel like they belonged to an old lady.

Printed In Floral

Printed In Floral

Not Organize

Those who had various stuff lying around their chairs and countertops should think about making an organizational system. We could browse multiple ideas from Pinterest to create a fantastic storage solution like ottomans and hidden compartments. We could also search for nifty baskets to place on your bookshelves. Having an organized system would make it seem like our life was put-together.

Not Organize

Not Organize

Oldies But Goodies

We were aware and could understand that electronics could be expensive. However, we would highly recommend buying a new television. It would be because the old fat-back version would make it seem like our house was an imitation of the 90s. The more recent televisions had a sleek look, incredibly thin, and more affordable, but ensure that you’re not targeting the branded ones.

Oldies But Goodies

Oldies But Goodies

Rugs As Cover

We knew that fluffy toilet rugs and covers were already outdated, so we would highly recommend throwing yours if you have not already. The fuzzy items would make it appear like the bathroom came out from the ’90s, and it would be better to replace them with a rectangular rug or cover that could keep our feet warm. It would also make our bathrooms look modern.

Rugs As Cover

Rugs As Cover

Unfinished Business

The 1990s and 2000s endorsed honey oak-stained cabinets and drawers, and it was the most famous furniture and fixture of that era. However, these oak cabinets would make our rooms look boring nowadays. We could solve this by refurbishing our cabinets and drawers with dark, red, or white stains.

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Hanging Teacups

It would be safe to assume that few people used teacups when drinking their tea, and it would be more practical to use mugs because they could hold more liquid. Teacups also gave the posh and outdated vibes, and even though some loved to hang them, it would not be a decent décor in our houses.

Hanging Teacups

Hanging Teacups

Using Table Doilies

We enjoyed covering our end tables and coffee tables with doilies, but we would highly recommend shying away from this outdated trend. It would be mainly because the doilies would remove the glass or wood furniture and fixtures’ natural beauty. It would be best to embrace those pieces as is and to clean them regularly. We should ensure that these tables would always look their best.

Using Table Doilies

Using Table Doilies

Exaggerated Living Room

People used to copy the Victorian royals and would place stuff in their rooms to imitate them. Some would even dedicate one room in the house to make it appear like we were in a Victorian house. However, it would be more critical for us to be more practical, and we could start this by going for usability instead of luxury. Remove the excessive items and replace them with functional and modern pieces.

Exaggerated Living Room

Exaggerated Living Room

Using Vertical Blinds

Using vertical blinds would be considered outdated and ineffective. The blinds would make it seem like we were staying in a suspicious roadside hotel from the 1980s. Also, using vertical blinds did not have visual appeal and were not practical. We would highly recommend ditching these.

Using Vertical Blinds

Using Vertical Blinds

La-Z-Boy

We all knew that La-Z-Boy furniture and fixtures were comfortable, but it was massive and could only entertain a seat for one person. These items were also not stylish and modern-looking. If our living room mainly consisted of La-Z-Boy pieces, we should replace them with modern sofa, benches, or love seats. It would make the room seem more expansive, and we would no longer have to go through the effort of taking out folding chairs for our visitors.

La-Z-Boy

La-Z-Boy

Antique Revelation

We knew that some of us were incredibly proud of their vintage bucket collections. However, it was time for us to realize that these items were not ideal as home decors. We could opt to keep our antiques and collectibles in our basement or include them with our other favorite items as an alternative. For example, we could use the antique or collectible as a floral arrangement or shadow box.

Antique Revelation

Antique Revelation

Plastic Covered

We could understand the feeling of making our sofas last longer, but we would not recommend covering them with plastic covers to keep them safe. It would not look pleasing even though it was in pristine condition. We should consider taking an insignificant risk so that our sofas would not look ugly and leave our sofas to be freely seated. We could cover the vulnerable parts, and everyone would appreciate how it looked.

Plastic Covered

Plastic Covered

Showing Off Your Pickle Jars

We should be honest by confessing that the pickle jars were sitting on the top of our cabinets for several years and might have been there even before the younger children were born. We would highly recommend ditching this type of home décor and placing the pickle jars in the pantry where it was kept out of sight.

Showing Off Your Pickle Jars

Showing Off Your Pickle Jars

Hoarding Decor

We wanted to ask the readers when the last time was that we cleaned our houses to throw away or donate some of the older decors. We would be surprised by how clean and fresh our homes would be once we stopped hoarding all these items.

Hoarding Decor

Hoarding Decor

Not Replacing Old Fashioned Fixtures

Some of us might think it would be wasteful to replace old-fashioned furniture and fixtures, but we should do so to ensure that our homes would be up-to-date. We could start by replacing the brass fixtures with copper or bronze, then change the drawer pull for rounder ones. We would bet that you would not regret the decision.

Too Much Affection

Too Much Affection

Anything “Farmhouse”

Some of us chose the farmhouse décor, not knowing that it could make our houses’ interiors look old. One of the reasons was that there was barely anyone who lived on farms. It did not matter whether it was a chicken lamp or a rooster plate. The theme was not something to be considered if we were looking for a modernized style.

Anything “Farmhouse”

Anything “Farmhouse”

Fake Plants

We should stop decorating our houses with artificial plants because it would be apparent to the visitors that these were fake. Also, it would make our houses’ interiors look like they had a portal to the 1990s. The phony plant home décor trend should be left behind in our pasts and never be brought back.

Fake Plants

Fake Plants

Making Everything Match

We should stop matching everything in our houses, so if we painted our room blue, we should ensure that there would be nothing else inside the area that would be themed with the same color. We could bet that the current guest bedroom did not follow the hue rule, which was why we would recommend redecorating the room with items that had varying colors from the walls.

Matchy Matchy

Matchy Matchy

Window Treatment

If we were still using heavy curtains with tassels, we should eliminate those thick curtains with tassels. We should pick lightweight and standard curtains with a single color or with a basic pattern. It would make the appearance of the window better than heavy fabrics. If we desired to be fashionable, we should skip the window treatments.

Window Treatment

Window Treatment

Sofas With Fringe Or Tassels

Some of us knew that Fringe and tassels would not look good on curtains. However, If we matched the Fringe or Tassels on the furniture, we might get the most undesirable result. Some homeowners would usually pick tassels or fringes. Those owners would do it on purpose since they wanted to make the space appear dated and “regal.”

Sofas With Fringe Or Tassels

Sofas With Fringe Or Tassels

Popcorn Ceilings

Some of us did not like the popcorn ceiling since it was difficult to clean and paint. The top would also make shadows that would appear that the roof is darker and lower than it is. If we wanted to avoid getting a dark and outdated feature in our room or inside the house, we should never pick this kind of design in our home.

Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn Ceilings

Keeping Wood Paneling

Wood paneling might become popular back in the 1960s and 1970s, but people might find it unpleasant in the current era. We should pain it for a better appearance than getting inexpensive fake wood paneling, but if we’re lucky enough to have good, genuine wood paneling, it’s at least a little more appropriate. If you did not like to look like in the 1970s, we should not pick the wood.

Keeping Wood Paneling

Keeping Wood Paneling

Shower Curtains

If we had a shower curtain with ruffles or appeared similar to the curtain that we could see in the castle, we should better change the curtains now. We should pick a simple and beautiful one in this era. Other accessories, such as rugs and metallic trays, could be used to spice up our bathroom. Those things would make our bathroom look great.

Shower Curtains

Shower Curtains

Hanging On To Your Sleigh Bed

In the past, if we had a sleigh bed in our bedroom, it would mean we had a status in society, but the era had long gone. Today, we could tell that the sleigh bed looked awful and sounded clumsy. If we wanted to have a proper bedroom, we should choose the average bed that the sleigh bed. The standard bed would still give a better appearance in our room.

Hanging On To Your Sleigh Bed

Hanging On To Your Sleigh Bed

Using Carpet Anywhere

Shag carpets were quite popular in the 1970s, and that kind of style should have remained in that era. One of the most significant drawbacks of shag carpet was it was challenging to clean, unlike the standard carpet that we usually used. If we wanted a rug, we should choose a Ruggable carpet, because, unlike shag, the Ruggable rug could be put in the washing machine.

Using Carpet Anywhere

Using Carpet Anywhere

China Cabinets

It’s one thing to bring out unique dishware during holidays or special occasions, but it’s another story if we had a china cabinet full of dishes that we would not use. We all knew that keeping words was not bad, but we should use those utensils if we need them for a massive amount of crowds.

China Cabinets

China Cabinets

Wall To Wall Carpeting

There were many problems if we decided to have carpeting throughout the whole room. It could cause someone allergic reactions, but it would also be hard to clean if we compare it to hardwood or laminate. We required rugs for hardwood flooring, but we could also alter them and change color themes without working around the carpet.

Wall To Wall Carpeting

Wall To Wall Carpeting

Gold Framed Mirrors

Our Mirrors would make the room huge if we did not block our walls with any furniture. We should also consider that the antique mirror that had gold frames would make our room look outdated. If we wanted something that would look modern, we should pick a mirror that had no structure. That kind of mirror would also make a pleasant design in our house.

Gold Framed Mirrors

Gold Framed Mirrors

Keeping Old Wallpaper

We could believe that changing our homes would result in a terrible appearance. We also knew that the old wallpaper would be difficult to remove if we decided to change it. However, if we agreed to change our wallpapers, we could be the one who does it, or we could also hire a professional to work on our wallpapers and make it look great.

Keeping Old Wallpaper

Keeping Old Wallpaper

Soft Pink And Blue Hues

If we wanted to use the color soft pink and blue, we should also use various shades. We should pick a color that compliments pink, like rose gold, while the blue goes with a lot of stuff, but we recommend going with a navy blue instead of a light hue.

Soft Pink And Blue Hues

Soft Pink And Blue Hues

Using Too Many Colors And Patterns

Although we previously discussed that we did not need to match the things inside our home, having too many designs and shades would make our home’s appearance terrible. We should attempt to adhere to a color scheme with a particular pattern. If we ended up making the colors of our walls, curtains, bedsheets, and furniture different, it could lead to confusion. It’s OK to use some contrasting patterns and colors, but we should not overdo it.

Using Too Many Colors And Patterns

Using Too Many Colors And Patterns

Tile Countertops

Tile countertops were a trend back in the 1970s, but the countertop was now tricky to clean, and it made our house look terrible. Countertops might not be something we could think to use in our home, but if we ever wanted to have one, our house would look like the 40s. We should change those tiles with marble, wood, or even granite–materials stylish even in the next ten years.

Tile Countertops

Tile Countertops

Hanging Frames Too Low

If we had neck or back pain, we could not see the hanging frames because it was too low. It might only lead to worsening the pain. If we hang the image on the walls too low, the walls would appear shorter than they should be. We should keep the picture frames hanging up about 60″ from the ground to keep your home looking modern while not sacrificing the walls’ height.

Hanging Frames Too Low

Hanging Frames Too Low

Too Many Pillows

We knew that Pillows were soft and comfortable, but having too many of them could be troublesome. The guest might not be satisfied when they sit or lie on the couch or bed. We could not think why people would want too many pillows in their home, and those individuals might want to start a pillow fight or something else. However, too many pillows would only make our house look terrible or overloaded.

Too Many Pillows

Too Many Pillows

Pushing Furniture

It was a usual blunder that many people made. We might think it expands the room or gives it more space to walk around the area, but it did the opposite. The benefit of this kind of furniture was it gave a lot of space to be used in the room, but it usually appeared uninviting. It would not provide enough breathing space for the furniture, and it would not be comfortable to have a chat with other people.

Pushing Furniture

Pushing Furniture

Hanging Cat Clocks

We all knew that we usually saw clocks in our house, we even had one in our room, but Cat clocks and other novelty clocks were both scary and outdated. If we would go to the comfort room in the middle of the night and see the eyes of the cat clock, we might freak out. If we didn’t want our house to appear similar in the the1950s, we should avoid that creepy cat clock.

Cat Clocks

Cat Clocks

Linoleum Flooring

A linoleum flooring was the same as carpeting that runs the room’s length, and the flooring would appear terrible. Linoleum would make any home look cheap and worn out. Linoleum would also make a horrible appearance in any room in which we used the linoleum. We should avoid using the linoleum and find another thing that would be best in our flooring.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum Flooring

Hanging Shiplap Anywhere

Some people believe shiplap is appropriate in their homes even if they did not intend for the whole “rustic farmhouse look.” It might look great during the first five years, but after those years, it would only look like a carpeted bathroom during the 50s. We should not even begin on the stickers that look like imitation shiplap wallpaper. That would be the worst choice we could ever get.

Hanging Shiplap Anywhere

Hanging Shiplap Anywhere

Floor-To-Ceiling Mirrors

Suppose we recalled back in the days how fashionable it was if we had a floor-to-ceiling mirror in the house. We might recognize that the floor-to-ceiling mirrors would make our house look old. The mirrors would also be challenging to get rid of, but mirrors were not something we need in our place. If we wanted to have one, we should use it in a home gym or studio.

Floor-To-Ceiling Mirrors

Floor-To-Ceiling Mirrors

Analog Thermostats

The technology was not easy to understand for everybody, and it did not imply that we need to keep our old analog thermostats. Nothing degrades a home’s appearance or and would make our home old. However, if we bought one and tried it, we could tell it’s helpful. It would be beneficial when we know how to use it and when it began to recognize our patterns. The thermostats also had a much better appearance.

Analog Thermostats

Analog Thermostats

Not Replacing Outlet Covers

We could tell a house if it was old because of the vintage, cream-colored outlet covers and the light switches. We might try to clean it, but it would remain dingy and filthy. It would not be effective if we tried to change the light switches and outlet cover, and it was not the cheapest way to deal with the problem. It was one of those that has a significant impact on appearance. Also, we could pick different styles.

Not Replacing Outlet Covers

Not Replacing Outlet Covers

Textures On Walls

Now was the time, as a country, to stand firm and say no to all the textured walls. We should avoid using textures because it would take a long time to make, and fixing holes is a pain. We should be thinking for the poor guy who would come into our house and patched the terrible texture. Overall, everybody should avoid using the textures on our walls.

Textures On Walls

Textures On Walls

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