5 of the Worst Home Design Ideas

Any home design project means a certain level of commitment. After all, these projects cost both time and money. For the DIY crowd, it’s important to avoid traps in design that will make your home into a museum of regret. Before you start your renovation projects, check out our list of the 5 Worst Home Design Ideas!

5 of the Worst Home Design Ideas: Avoid the Traps!

Are there bad ideas in home design? Yes. Ask any interior design expert, and they’ll rattle off a dozen mistakes people make in DIY home design. Avoid traps in your DIY project by learning the worst of the worst trends.

1. “More Is More.”

The opposite of minimalism is maximalism, which is when a room is filled with more of everything. The idea that “more is more” can create a beautiful, cohesive space in theory, but all too often, this trend steers toward being tacky and overdone.

You can still do “more is more,” but make sure to read up on how to do this trend with the finesse it requires. Be thoughtful in the way you decorate a space with more color, fabrics, and accessories.

2. Dark Walls, White Trim

Who doesn’t love a bold, vibrant color on interior walls? It’s tempting to reach for the richest hues and paint all four walls of a room in that dark shade, but doing that is a mistake. Not only are dark walls difficult to paint over, but they can also suffocate the room and make the space feel small.

This offense is twice as bad when you keep the white trim on the baseboards and molding. If you’re going to go for dark paint, either keep it to a single wall or extend the color from the floor all the way to the ceiling, and install plenty of light to balance the room.

3. Popcorn Ceilings

Is there any trend quite as dreadful as a popcorn ceiling? On top of looking dated, popcorn ceilings have a way of clinging to dust and are difficult to clean without making a huge mess. Popcorn ceilings are a trend best scrapped–as in literally scrapped, right into the garbage, along with all the other high-texture drywall trends that should have been forgotten in the 80s.

4. Wall-to-Wall Wallpaper

Wallpaper can be beautiful, especially today’s high quality, diverse, and eye-catching designs. Wallpaper can be a useful element to tie colors into a room and help create a sense of space in open-concept rooms. But if you are doing wallpaper, you should avoid traps like wall-to-wall wallpaper or a different wallpaper in every room.

The best way to approach wallpaper is to see it as a version of art. You wouldn’t put more than one painting on a wall, and you shouldn’t have more than one wall of wallpaper in a room.

5. One-Color Commitment

On the surface, picking one accent color and sticking to it seems simple. After all, you can’t possibly ruin a room with only a single color. Wrong. Commitment to a single color on an accent wall, accessories, and fabric is easy to create a bland space.

If you want to do color right, it’s important to find a balance between complementary colors and colors that make each other clash. Take a look at a color wheel for reference and use at least three colors to decorate a space.

Not all design trends are golden ideas. In fact, some ideas in home design are offensive to the senses and your budget. You can avoid traps in home design by balancing colors and textures and scrapping anything that keeps a room looking dated.

7 thoughts on “5 of the Worst Home Design Ideas”

    1. If there were a way to remove them without calling a specialist I would have done it…I saw the truck and imagine how much it would cost to have a few rooms done. Why does everyone say “It’s a very big very messy job.”?

      1. HI Ar Ar, well here in Florida back in the late 70’s and through the 80’s {possibley later} builders liked the popcorn ceils because it was WAY easier to cover a ceiling that had issues, I.E. poorly taped seams possibly popped nail heads {yep they used to be nailed not screwed Much cheaper} the popcorn covered ALOT of aestetic issues. I used to hang drywall but then got into installing insulation back then. But anyway I digress, the messiness of removing popcorn is real unless you completely empty the room of everything under it before scrapping. If you’d like to see what a mess it may make pick a small closet and try scrapping a little bit in it where it’s out of sight. But if you really want to do it yourself I’ll give you a small bit of advice, mix about a teaspoon of dish detergent{iIprefer Dawn} to about a gallon of water put it in a spray bottle and lightly moisten the area to be scrapped, it will cut way down on the dust and it’ll make the droppings stick together for eassier clean up. { I learned this while earning my asbestos removal certification} Good Luck! Brian.

    2. Actually “popcorn” and it’s country cousin “stipple” ceilings hung around well into the 90’s. We own a beach house built in 1992 and it “had” popcorn ceilings! Note the past tense “had”.

  1. I don’t agree that you shouldn’t have wall-to-wall wallpaper. That is what the original intent was, and I believe that it’s a beautiful look. It’s just a current fad…which will probably fade eventually. I would do just one wall in certain applications, but telling people to NOT do the whole room is silly.

    1. Ann,
      I agree with you. It’s a beautiful look and will tell everyone, “Someone lives here and they take pride in their surroundings.” Even if you do just one wall it gives a warmer feeling to the entire room. Stripes or flowers…Express yourself and in a few years it’s less of a mess than painting to change it.

  2. Diane Duvall King

    I have popcorn ceilings and so do most of the homes in my neighborhood. I like them because they are quieter and diffuse the light in the rooms. They only fell out of favor when “designers” said they were bad. It is costly and messy to have them removed, and when you do, you may find some damage to the ceilings that is hard to cover with paint. I will keep mine until they become ‘pop’ular again.

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