I’m an interior designer & there are 10 trends you should get rid of now – too much grey looks cheap for starters

YOUR home could be looking cheap and dated without you even realizing it.

According to interior designer Kristen McGowanthere are 10 trends you should definitely avoid.

Kristen shared her top tips and tricks on YouTube


Kristen shared her top tips and tricks on YouTubeCredit: YouTube/KristenMcGowan
Overly gray color palettes will instantly make your home look dated


Overly gray color palettes will instantly make your home look datedPhoto credit: Getty

Even if they once looked luxurious, they are no longer so, revealed the professional.

Gray color palette

The color palette of your home is one of the first things people notice. Therefore, avoiding outdated trends is a must if you want to make a good impression.

“If your home is still that cool shade of gray in terms of flooring, paint and furniture, then your home looks about 10 years old at this point,” Kristen explained.

Wall cladding made of wood

If you still have wood wall paneling in your home, that’s bad news, the interior designer said.

The dark color makes your home look very dated — but that doesn’t mean you have to rip everything out, she noted.

Instead, paint it a light color for a modern and easy DIY that looks a lot more stylish.


For Kristen's liking, shutters look too bulky and dark


For Kristen’s liking, shutters look too bulky and darkPhoto credit: Getty

“They look bulky and actually make your home look darker,” Kristen explained.

She suggested removing them and using a roller blind or roman blind instead to make your space appear larger and brighter.

toilet seat covers

They may have been ubiquitous in the past, but these days, toilet seat covers, no matter the design or material, are an absolute no-go.

“When you have a toilet seat cover, it immediately becomes your home.

“You can just remove that right away and instantly improve the look of your toilet,” said the pro.

Corner and whirlpool baths

Corner and whirlpool tubs can make your bathroom appear a lot smaller, the pro explained.

Instead, she recommended upgrading to a freestanding bathtub or glass shower.

“This will help save space in your floor plan, make the room feel bigger, and definitely add a ton of value to your home,” she said.

wallpaper boarder

You can get rid of your strips of wallpaper in a day


You can get rid of your strips of wallpaper in a dayCredit: YouTube/KristenMcGowan

This trend assumes you’re “about 20 or 30 years old,” according to Kristen – so it might be time for an update.

Luckily, they’re really easy to remove, so you can get the job done quickly and easily in a weekend if you want quick results.

chevron pattern

Whether it’s on your wallpaper, bedding, rugs, or home accessories, the chevron pattern has become a little overdone and dated, Kristen said.

“Your house is dated back to 2011,” she said.

Instead, she suggested switching to the similar but more timeless herringbone pattern in your home.

Hardworking lights

Elaborate and overly detailed fixtures are a bit too much and something simpler will give your home a timeless look.

Kristen said, “It’s just one of those things that comes out like a sore thumb.

“If you completely modernize your home but keep the ornate, curved light fixtures, your home will still look 30 years old.”

Short chimneys

Fireplaces with a short surround “take your home back to the ’90s,” Kristen said.

If you want a more modern look, bigger is the better.

You can extend your fireplace to the ceiling to make it the focal point of the room.

Shiny surfaces

Glossy surfaces are now obsolete, said the professional


Glossy surfaces are now obsolete, said the professionalPhoto credit: Getty

Shiny and shiny finishes on cabinets and tables may have seemed modern and minimalist 10 years ago, but they can’t seem clinical.

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“It is now more modern to use matt, organic surfaces.

“Warmer colors, matte finishes, real woods, and textures add a lot of detail to your home,” Kristen said.

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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