Hindsight is 20/20: What’s The Worst Decorating Trend from the Past That You Played Along With?

published Aug 12, 2015
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Do you ever look back at old photos and regret everything? Like the bad hair, and the terrible clothes? What about your decor? We want to hear about your past decorating mistakes. The interior moments you might like to burn if you knew they were caught on camera.

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Maybe it was during your high school years or in the college dorms, or maybe you were a card-carrying adult just going along with the times. We’d like to know about the worst decorating sin that you’re totally guilty of, in hindsight.

To get you started–since we know you’ve blocked it from your memory — here are a few of the decorating trends from the past that haven’t always fared the test of time well…

  • Avocado kitchens
  • Wood paneling
  • Shag carpeting
  • Chintz fabric
  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Bright 80’s bathroom tile combinations
  • Fuzzy toilet covers and those rugs that wrap around
  • Tapestry couches
  • Round beds
  • Mirrored metallic wallpaper
  • Ivy decals/stenciled borders
  • Hollywood-style lights
  • Knotty pine matching furniture
  • Sponge painting
  • Carpeted bathrooms
  • Lava lamps
  • Inflatable furniture
  • Waterbeds
  • Glow in the dark stars
  • Black light posters
  • Beaded curtains
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Me? I definitely had the quintessential 90’s girl room growing up, complete with a purple inflatable chair so I could sit back and read Sassy magazine. Here’s a picture of the door to my bedroom to prove it (spot the glow star stickers!). I still can’t believe my parents let me glue Got Milk? ads to the door.

So spill it: What’s your biggest past trend design sin?

Re-edited from a post originally published 8.12.15-NT