These Former Interior Design Trends Should NEVER be Revived

article by Arya A. author
We all have those embarrassing photos of us in weird clothing or loud accessories that we wish would just go away. Trends can be beautiful or disastrous, and the same thing goes for home design. Here are four design trends that never should have taken off and certainly should never be repeated.


While this seemed like it would be the best thing to happen to sleep since mattresses and down comforters, waterbeds just didn’t solidify into the grand hit they were supposed to be. Nights were restless, relaxing time became precarious from all the fluid motion, and some sleepers got downright nauseous. A good idea gone wrong.

Toilet Rugs

Yes, let’s surround our pee bowl with a fluffy carpet that will be hard to wash and will retain the stench, reminding us constantly of all those late-night bathroom visits that missed the mark. Put an area rug in the bathroom when you design your own house, but keep it away from the toilet.

Carpeted Walls

Wow. In the ‘design trends that you won’t soon forget’ category, carpeted walls are in a league of their own. Dark, heavy, and musty, these overly done walls were murderous to clean. If those walls got wet, you were doomed. And that’s before you’ve even started in on the amount of germs and bacteria that must have been stored in those thick layers of non-breathing material.

Inflatable Furniture

We’re not sure how this ever became a trend, but apparently it was cool to have anything inflatable in the 1980s and 1990s. We don’t just mean inflatable chairs for your teeny boppers. Think full-on living room sets that inflate. The problem? Everything! These items were uncomfortable, unsupportive, and deflated when anything that wasn’t completely rounded came in contact. Not to mention it made even the most respectable home look like a trailer park.

There are more examples of bad trends, like the avocado kitchens, salmon and gray living room combos, and orange and brown everywhere, but we’ll stop here for the sake of good designs.

So, what do you do if you’re getting nervous thinking you might be making a real design error of the ages? Simple. Run your plan through a home design software tool, like HGTV’s Ultimate Home Design or Home Designer Interiors, and see how it checks out. You’ll be able to test drive different color schemes, furniture placement, and material layouts to see what looks good and what just doesn’t. And it doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion. The best home design software will have built-in design tips and suggestions to help keep you in line with what’s stylish and what’s not. Let these helpful ideas guide you when you design your own house, so you don’t have to look back in 20 years and consider, “What was I thinking?!”