Remember the wonderful 1989 ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’? Apart from the fabulous Griswold family, you probably remember their ’80s teal carpeting. And if you don’t, stream the film and look at it because it is the only time you should ever look at teal carpeting in your life – sorry for the harsh truth!
This 1980s home decor trend was a staple in every household; not only the wall-to-wall carpeting but the hospital-like teal color as well. As a rule, covering any room in your house with wall-to-wall carpeting should be prohibited by law, but making it teal? That should be a federal offense.
Animal Rugs Are Out
Zebra rugs were supposed to infuse a space with a kind of exotic flair during the ‘70s - but the design feels outdated and unnecessary. Plastering a zebra rug across your floor feels a little silly in the current climate. Plus, it leads to a rather cheesy-looking home design.
You really should keep the zebra rugs, or any animal rug, for that matter, far away from your home. Beyond the fact that animal lovers will have your head, the striped rugs don’t fit comfortably in any space.
The Infamous Chevron Patterns
This is another home decor trend that has been around for way too long. The famous chevron pattern has been dominating spaces for decades, covering rugs, accent walls, blankets, pillowcases, and basically anything you can think of when you walk into a room. But enough is enough.
There's nothing wrong with using the fashionable chevron pattern on certain pieces in your space, but do not overdo it. Unless you want your house to look like a nausea-inducing optical illusion. Use chevron patterns to your advantage and give your space a modern feel by only using it on one or two pillows, a small rug, or some wall art.
Let’s Leave the Outside Furniture… Outside
Using rattan (plant material from palms) to create wicker furniture is one of the oldest furniture-making techniques. And while we appreciate the craftsmanship required to create these pieces, they just don’t belong inside, if we are going to be perfectly honest.
In the backyard? Fine. On your porch where you sit around sipping sweet tea? Even better. But please do not bring wicker furniture into your home. Let's not even talk about how difficult it is to clean, with dust accumulating in between the weaves. If you grew up in the South, you know exactly what we are talking about!
Toilets Get Cold Too
In case most people don't have enough work trying to find the perfect accessories for their everyday outfits, there was a time when toilets also required accessorizing. Suddenly, shops stocked everything from little rugs to go around the base of the toilet to carpeted covers for the lid of your toilet.
Why on earth did we feel the need to blanket our toilets in a shaggy carpet? Let’s not even get into how unhygienic it is to have an absorbent rug in an area prone to erm, let’s just say spillage. This is completely yucky all around and we advise you to stay away from doing this in your home.