Home Décor Trends That We Really Need to Forget

Just like fashion, interior design trends come and go. And just like fashion, some of the trends we can look back on and wonder ‘what was I thinking?’ So which home décor trends should never see the light again?

Creating a stylish, comfortable home is something we strive to achieve. But there are times when the home décor trends seemed like a good idea at the time. Thankfully, there are some trends and timeless pieces such as Sloane and Sons tub chairs that never date nor does they cast an embarrassing shadow over your choices of the past. What should you avoid? And what home décor trends could you tweak to enjoy once again. Take a walk down memory lane with this decade by decade tour.

The end of the first World War saw designers and homeowners reaching for colour and anything sparkly. It was a time of unfettered glamour, a chance to mask the horrors of what had just past and a chance to mask those that were yet to come. Thing an overly busy patterned living room at Grandma’s and you have a taste of the overly-flower-horror that was the 1920s.

The recession bit hard in America and Britain started to feel the effects too. Thus, the less flowery and glamourous a home was styled, the better. The name of the game was utilitarian thus, the black and white tiled bathroom, brought inside for the first time in the majority of homes was born. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. Vary the pile pattern and size and you have a bathroom that is stylish and modern, but just remember as you laze in the tub that this style was born in the 1930s. It was also the decade flat-pack furniture and mass-produced items really came to the fore too. Although this meant many ‘ordinary’ people could afford items, it also gave rise to anonymity when it came to style.

With the Second World War leaving its mark on the population and its psyche, we once again turned to colour. Thankfully, the blousy baroque feel of the 1920s didn’t return but gave us cheap, bright, colourful gingham instead. And patterned, brightly coloured linoleum which was everywhere – the floor, upholstered stools, worktops, table tops, you name it…
This carried on into the next decade by all accounts with the horrendous Formica dining sets gracing every kitchen across the land. However, it was the decade that gave us mid-century modern, a design that is still in vogue today.

The decade of free love gave us a design howler in the shape of wood cladding on every wall, ceiling and surface that it could be fixed to. Left in its natural wood state, the result was even in an open plan living space, a sense of claustrophobia for most of us. Thankfully, it was balanced by the rather chic appearance of bold, psychedelic colour acting as an accent.

In the 21st Century, we have developed an addiction to everything avocado although this is more about dips and spreading on toast. Back in the decade of the super-wide flared trouser, the love affair with avocado extended to everything avocado coloured. This included the bathroom furniture – we have all seen the green bath with matching basin and loo – along with kitchen cupboard doors. The only thing that balanced it out – if you can call it that – was the start of our love affair with wicker furniture, including those lovely fan backed chairs.

It was a decade that gave us floral wallpaper, the likes we have seen again recently, with swirls of flowery branches hiding birds and gilded cages. But, there was a downside in the shape of dark (very dark) glossy (very glossy) wood. Dark wood dining tables graced most dining room, with the darkness emphasised and compounded by sideboards and bookcases.

Beige, beige and yet more beige, the 1990s cast off every colour other than a light shade of ream. Which was fine but boring, especially when this neutral palette was everywhere, in every room. The remaining trends weren’t that much more exciting, although the minimalist style was a welcome change to the floral patterns of the previous decade.

21st Century
So far we’ve had the industrial look – now considered passé although some people are sticking with it – chevron patterns with lighting shaped like Edison bulbs. What other faux pas could this century bring? But what iconic style could it leave us with?

- Wrote in collaboration with Sloane & Sons who believe in bringing the best styles to their customers when it comes to seating, with timeless designs that fit every home.


  1. My dad hasn't redecorated his house since we moved out when my parents split in 1991 so it's like going back to the 80s when we visit

  2. Brings back some memories.

    Rachel Craig

  3. so many trends loved reading this