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The Most Horrifying Home Decor: 2020 Edition

REALTOR® Magazine's Styled, Staged & Sold blog weighs in on the "scariest" designs of the year.

Homes are meant to be a source of comfort and refuge. But as if 2020 hasn’t been horrifying enough, some skin-crawling home design trends have emerged this year—and designers hope they’ll be forgotten.

Last Halloween, the Styled, Staged & Sold blog highlighted some of the most horrifying design trends of all-time. (Furry toilet seat covers still give us the chills!) This holiday, we count down some of the biggest frights in a terrifying year.

10. Mason Jars

Crafty people, inspired by Pinterest, have been collecting mason jars like their as rare as toilet paper in a pandemic. This signature farmhouse aesthetic encouraged a range of DIY design projects, including filling mason jars with flowers, candles, or candy. They clutter countertops with forgettable décor. Interest in mason jar designs has plunged 40% since its 2015 peak, according to the “2020 Décor Trends: What’s Out & What’s In” report by Living Spaces. Nowadays, save the mason jars for storing jam.

9. Chalkboard Walls

DIY chalkboards or chalkboard wall paint first graced kids’ rooms and then started edging into other spaces in the home. Designers want to erase this now-outdated trend from memory. Reserve walls for paint, not scribbles.

8. Fringe

This 1970s throwback began a renaissance via bohemian-style tapestries on walls, known as macramé, and fringed edging on furnishings. But alas, fringe once again is being sent back into its time capsule.

7. Millennial Pink

Millennials may have been unfairly blamed for going overboard with pink; others have made this mistake, too. But it’s when the trend started popping up in the bathroom, with pink sinks and tubs, that homeowners started to say, “Enough is enough.” As older generations know well, colorful bathrooms can lead to regret. Don’t let history repeat itself.

6. Antlers

Many designers attempted to modernize taxidermy. White, brass-trimmed, fake deer wall mounts started surfacing on walls. Designers now say they look kitschy.

5. Chevron

That continuous “V” pattern can make your eyes do funny things if you stare at it too long. And with more people hunkering down at home during the pandemic, chevron has really become a sore sight for the eyes. Chevron-patterned accessories—rugs, pillows, and linens—are being cast aside for more toned-down patterns.

4. Gray interiors

The gloom and doom of 2020 has been depressing enough, with a continuous train of bad news. Do we really want our interiors to make us feel gray, too? All-gray interiors—floor-to-ceiling paint, along with gray furnishings and cabinets—make us long for vibrant color pops, like in blues, greens, or yellows, that bring us hope.

3. Hairy Chairs

The faux sheepskin chair had its heyday in college dorms and even luxurious interiors. But no one ever warned us how matted these chairs can get after use. No one should ever have to comb their chair. Period.

2. Wallpaper Ceilings

Metallic wallpaper on the ceiling looks chic in magazine photos and TV design shows. But in reality, wallpaper on a ceiling is a terrible idea. Wallpaper has proven to be a short-term fad that comes and goes through the years. Save yourself the trouble of putting it up—and then taking it down in short order.

1. Cluttercore.

Some homeowners have embraced a lived-in look while spending more time at home during the pandemic. But there’s a reason minimalism has worked before. Social media tried to tell us “cluttercore”—a backlash to Marie Kondo’s decluttering movement—was in vogue. Instead, cluttercore dictates stuffing every shelf and wall space with knickknacks. It’ll bring you greater comfort, cluttercore enthusiasts say. Let’s get real: Clutter is never cool, even in a pandemic.


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