40 Outdated Home Trends That We Hope Never Come Back

They made a splash in the 70s to 2000s, but that's exactly where these trends can stay.

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Whether it's hair or furniture, we've all made trendy choices that we regretted later on. From wood paneling to tile countertops and floral couches draped in lace, we've looked through some of the biggest home trends of decades past that might just make you cringe now (including a few that aren't so obvious). Be honest: How many of these outdated trends have made an appearance in your home?

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Tile Countertops

Tile countertops were all the rage in the 1970s, but if you'd like to keep your space current, it's best to leave this trend behind. Plus, it's difficult to clean, so avoid the stress and stick with marble or granite.

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Shag Carpet

We know, we know. Shag carpets feel wonderful underfoot, but they miss the mark when it comes to making a space look stylish. Stick to low-pile carpets for a more modern aesthetic.

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Wood Paneling

It might have been fabulous in the 70s, but in 2019, avoid wood paneling at all costs. It typically makes a room look dreary and dated, and nobody should settle for this type of environment.

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Linoleum Flooring

Whether it's used in a kitchen or dining area, linoleum flooring is just unacceptable. Do yourself a favor and upgrade to a more practical material like wood or tile.

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Terrazzo

If you don't want your home to take on the aesthetic of an office building, stay away from terrazzo. It was a popular design choice in the U.S. between 1930 and 1970, but now designers tend to favor materials like granite and marble.

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Tiffany Lamps

This is a tough one, but in most cases, your best bet is to do away with this famed light fixture. A Tiffany lamp makes a room feel too dated, and there are a slew of other lighting styles on the market that can easily add a a touch of elegance to a room.

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Millennial Pink

Yes, it's time to accept that millennial pink is no longer on-trend. For a fresh look, consider hues like yellows or muted green tones, which can work well across a range of design styles.

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Word Art

There's no shortage of wood art at home decor stores, but that doesn't mean it's the best choice for your home. Rather than settle for a generic piece of word art, take the time to choose something more meaningful that speaks to your aesthetic.

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Futons

If you're past the age of 18, there's no reason to outfit any room in your home with a futon. Stay away from the dorm room look and opt for a traditional sofa style such as a loveseat.

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Fast Furniture

You've probably heard of "fast fashion," which refers to clothing that is a factory-made, much cheaper version of what's currently on the runway. The equivalent in home decor is "fast furniture," which is an inexpensive design that you essentially buy knowing that you'll toss it in a few seasons...or the next time you move. These easy-to-assemble (and even easier to afford) designs really blew up in the mid-1980s and have been going strong since.

Although it can be a great way to save money, there's a reason that antiquing and repurposing old furniture has been having a major moment. Recycling and reusing existing decor allows you to reduce waste and also collect pieces that are special and have their own story.

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Nautical Motifs

Anchors, sailor's rope, and seashells belong on the actual beach, not in your living room. Even if you own an oceanside home, ditch the cheesy nautical decor—you can achieve beachy vibes without being too obvious. Pick a color palette inspired by your beautiful surroundings, or include subtle decor elements like coral and driftwood.

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Edison Bulbs

Every hip coffee shop from Brooklyn to Portland has these antique-style lights hanging from the ceiling, and we're over it. The "exposed" lighting look belongs, well, back when Thomas Edison came up with the original design.

Thankfully, glitzy statement lighting is having a major comeback, and honestly, we'd choose a chandelier over one of these dinky little bulbs any day. Harsh lighting is officially out.

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Tufted Headboards

Tufted furniture is centuries old, but it no longer has the glam feel it once did. Now, it just looks a little stuffy—and if you want a statement headboard, why not commit to something that actually makes a statement (instead of blending in with your mattress)?

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Tuscan Kitchens

This style was everywhere in the early 2000s, and we can certainly see its appeal. Today's kitchens, however, focus on creating a light, airy place to cook, rather than emulating a dark Italian villa.

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Damask

Is it a floral? Is it chintz? No, it's damask, which was a pattern found on everything from wallpaper to curtains in the 90s. If you still have this in your home, try an update of large, statement blooms instead.

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Wallpaper Borders

Whether it runs through the middle of a nursery as it does here, or trims the top of your wall, this trend should stop short anytime after the 90s. Try one of these fashionable (and super fun) wallpaper trends instead.

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Matching Window Valances

When the window valances match the curtains, and those match the furniture, you know you've arrived in a decade past. Swap boxy for elegant with updated, modern curtains.

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Mason Jar Mania

Admittedly, this may still be a trend. Since the 90s, mason jars have been heralded as the answer to all home needs: candle holders, salad containers, soap dispensers—the list goes on. Now, however, a new appreciation is blossoming for artisan goods like hand-crafted vases, meaning mason jars can go back to their original job of canning preserves.

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Wicker Furniture

Yes, this will forever be an anchor for your poolside patio. But saturating your interiors with wicker furniture as the world did in the 80s and 90s is no longer necessary. Play with color by investing in a bright sofa instead.

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Dusty Pastels

In the 80s, all pastels were dusty blue or dusty pink—giving them that perpetual just-not-quite-clean look. Today, colors are more decisive (like in this London townhouse), and we're thankful.

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Hollywood Mirror Lights

Yes, you're a star. But that doesn't mean you need to be blinded by this 90s trend every morning. Bathroom lighting today is softer and more delicate than these harsh bulbs.

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Avocado Green And Harvest Gold

These two calm colors were staples of the 70s as the country recovered from the Vietnam War. Now, however, the color combo can come off as drab and, naturally, outdated.

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Granite Overload

In the early 2000s, we witnessed a single-material overload, often appearing in the mass application of dark granite in kitchens. Today, accents tend to be more effective, and a minimalist modern aesthetic with lighter materials is often preferred.

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Ferns Everywhere

It's a beautiful plant, but you don't need one in every room. In the 90s and 2000s these plants took over homes, but there's no need to make your living room look like a greenhouse.

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Plaid

Oh, the 70s. We certainly don't miss this look, which made you feel like you were in a plaid kaleidoscope. As with many other items on this list, sticking to small doses is key.

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Pine Furniture

Don't get us wrong, an occasional pine accent is fine and dandy. But in the 80s and 90s, it was just about everywhere, from bookshelves to dressers to chests.

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Avocado Fridge

Continuing the avocado green and harvest gold theme, refrigerators in the 1970s seemingly reflected what was inside them—avocados. It's a fun concept, but its charm is preserved in that decade.

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Vertical Blinds

Not only are these, well, annoying to open and close, but they're also a relic of the past. Invest in beautiful curtains for an eye-catching element in the room.

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Bean Bag Chairs

Oh, hello 90s. Though this may have been a handy chair to eat a slice of pizza in between college courses, it should never leave a dorm room. Still, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort: Try one of these cozy reading chairs instead.

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Giant Silk Plants

Many a fond pastime was formed in Michael's aisles, picking out silk flowers and branches when this 90s trend was in full force. But now, there's a much higher appreciation placed on real bouquet flowers—besides, they have so many health benefits!

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