The Worst Interior Design Mishaps Of The Past 50 Years Revealed!

Fashion has been nostalgic for the 1970s for the last few seasons, with tinted sunglasses, long floral dresses and straw handbags omnipresent on the high street and catwalks alike.

However, when it comes to interior design, the decade apparently fails to impress.

A new survey has revealed the worst interior design mishaps of the past 50 years, with furry toilet seat covers, beaded curtains and carpeted walls making the list as some of the greatest décor faux pas.

Interior design experts from Wallpaper, Ideal Home and House Beautiful magazines collated a shortlist of the most unstylish interior design trends of the past half-a-century.

The order of the list was then determined by 2,000 individuals who took part in the survey, which was commissioned by Samsung.

The 1970s was voted as being the least fashionable decade when it came to interior design by 38 per cent of the participants, followed by the 1980s, which took home 22 per cent of the votes.

Toilet rugs or furry toilet seat covers were voted as being the ultimate “home horror” by 44 per cent, with 39 per cent selecting taxidermy as their least favourite home furnishing.

A quarter of the participants expressed their dislike for waterbeds, while just under a fifth affirmed their aversion to any products designed with an animal print.

According to the study, some of the trends could have been influenced by TV shows such as Changing Rooms and Home Front that encouraged people to decorate their homes with rag-rolled walls and stencilling.

“I have lived through the 70s, 80s and 90s and seen interior design trends come and go and it’s fascinating how our tastes have evolved over time,” said Daniel Hopwood, president of the British Institute of Interior Design.

“Toilet rugs, rag rolled walls and TV cupboards should all be consigned to the dodgy décor history books.”

The list compiled by the survey has detailed a number of decorative trends that will likely not be making a comeback in the near future.

Here are the top 25 biggest décor mishaps of the past 50 years, as stated by the study:

Toilet rugs/furry toilet seat covers – 44 per cent
Taxidermy – 39 per cent
Avocado bathrooms – 32 per cent
Floral ‘chintz’ furniture – 28 per cent
Waterbeds – 25 per cent
Artex walls and ceilings – 25%
Carpeted bathrooms – 25 per cent
Rag rolled walls – 23 per cent
Tribal carvings, masks and wall hangings – 23 per cent
Stone cladding – 19 per cent
Animal print anything – 19 per cent
Inspirational quote art stenciled on the walls – 19 per cent
Carpeted or textured walls – 19 per cent
Beaded curtains – 19 per cent
Living room bars – 19 per cent
Bidets – 17 per cent
Round beds – 17 per cent
Professional family portraits – 15 per cent
Shabby chic anything – 15 per cent
Shag pile carpets – 14 per cent
Wicker furniture indoors – 12 per cent
Wallpaper borders – 12 per cent
Curtain pelmets – 11 per cent
TV cupboards – 11 per cent
Stenciled walls or decals – 11 per cent

The survey also found that one in 10 Brits feel under pressure to redecorate their homes in order to impress house guests.

Source: Independent. Sabrina Barr. June 2018.