Updated: Jun 20
Just as fashion trends fade away, interior design is not immune to the passage of time. What was once considered cutting-edge and fashionable has become outdated and passé in the blink of an eye.
Join us as we uncover these outdated styles that no longer stand the test of time and may be making your space look dated.
Outdated Interior Trends 2023
1. Accent Walls
Accent walls, where one wall is painted or covered in a different color or pattern than the others, have become less popular. Instead, creating a cohesive color palette or using wallpaper throughout the room is more favored.
2. All-white Interiors
While white interiors have been popular in the past, there has been a shift towards more color and personality in design. All-white spaces can sometimes be seen as sterile or lacking in visual interest.
3. Overly Matching Furniture Sets
In the past, it was common to see complete matching furniture sets in living rooms and bedrooms. However, current design trends lean towards a more eclectic mix of furniture, textures, and styles to create a curated and personalized look.
4. Overstuffed Recliners
Bulky and overstuffed recliners with built-in footrests have become less desirable. Sleeker and more modern seating options, such as streamlined armchairs or modular sofas, are favored for a contemporary look.
5. Faux Finishes
Faux finishes, such as faux marble or faux wood paneling, sponge painting, rag rolling, etc. have become less popular. Instead, natural materials, solid paint colors, and soft textured wall treatments are favored for a more contemporary look. Similarly, fake plants and floral arrangements have become less desirable. Instead, people prefer real plants and fresh flowers to bring life and natural elements into their spaces.
6. Word Art and Quotes
While word art and inspirational quotes were once popular as wall décor, they have become less prevalent. People are now opting for more abstract artwork, photography, or other forms of personalized wall décor.
7. Heavy Window Treatments
Heavy and elaborate window treatments, such as thick drapes and valances, have become less popular. Lighter and airier window coverings, such as sheer curtains or minimal blinds, are now favored for a more modern and open feel.
8. Closed-off Kitchens
Fully enclosed kitchens with walls separating them from the rest of the living areas are becoming less desirable. Open and connected kitchen layouts that allow for social interaction are favored.
9. Tchotchkes and Excessive Knick-knacks
Displaying numerous small trinkets and collectibles on every surface has fallen out of favor. Minimalism and decluttering have become more popular, with a focus on quality over quantity.
10. Shag Carpeting
Shag carpeting, popular in the 1970s, is considered outdated and difficult to maintain. Sleeker and more low-pile carpeting options or hardwood flooring have become more favored choices.
11. Tiled Backsplashes
Tiled countertops and backsplashes, especially ones with busy or outdated patterns, have lost popularity. They have been replaced by sleeker and more modern options like quartz or solid surface materials.
12. Ultra-sleek and Minimalistic Design
While minimalism remains a popular style, an overly stark and austere approach to minimalism with cold, ultra-sleek spaces is being reconsidered. People are seeking a balance between minimalism and warmth to create more inviting and livable environments.