Ah, the ’90s: The decade gave us the Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, ‘NSYNC, and Pogs. It also gave us some of the all-time worst home trends (ahem, open floor plans). When the new millennium hit—and we weren’t all destroyed by Y2K—we may have thought we’d have a reprieve, but, alas, it was not the case: Really bad home trends continued in time with low rise jeans, Steve Madden platform slides, and Paris Hilton’s “that’s hot” catchphrase. We may think we’ve come a long way in the ensuing decade, but, let’s face it, there’s still some really bad interiors out there (for proof, look no further than this Instagram account).
Want to relive the worst? You’re in luck. Today, online home service site HomeAdvisor has compiled a list of the hands-down worst home decor trends, from the 1990s to today. Working with design consultant Pat McNulty, HomeAdvisor pulled from VERY reputable sources like Domino, realtor.com, Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, and, of course, House Beautiful to compile the worst of the past three decades—which a graphic designer combined into one cringeworthy living room and bathroom photo for each decade. Read on for their selections.
The Worst of the 1990s
Open plan living room/kitchens
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: open floor plans are a bad idea! Well, McNulty agrees, noting that ’90s versions were especially bad, thanks to the—er, eclectic mix of styles and colors often involved. “Nineties interior design was often a mesh of styles and colors,” she says. “You could say the floral sofa was shabby chic, but it makes no sense in the context of the rest of the room. The combination of black and white floor tiles and yellow pine cabinets in the kitchen needs to stay in the ‘90s with plastic fruit and M.C. Hammer.”
Orange pine cabinets
Which brings us to a more specific bad trend: those light, pine cabinets. Could anything look more dated now?
What’s the best way to distract from your ugly pine cabinets? I imagine ’90s homeowners thinking? I know! Why don’t we stencil some leaves on the wall?
Read more: https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/a27654114/worst-home-decor-trends-90s-2000s-2010s/