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Interior Design Ideas and Styles that Should NEVER Make a Comeback

Just like in the fashion world, interior design ideas from the past are occasionally picked up and given a modern twist that makes them a must-have for the stylish home.

But there are some that should NEVER see the light of day again. We agree with what Grand Designs Kevin McCloud has on his list that he gave in a recent interview. And we’ve added a few extra of our own too.

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Avocado Bathroom Suite

Coloured bathroom suites are always – and always will be – a very big interior design risk. The bathroom furniture is not easily changed. Not only can it be expensive, but it is also the cost of the plumber to do the job and of course, there is the waste to consider too.

Therefore, choose coloured bathroom suites with care but the one thing that is universally agreed on is that avocado bathroom suites, retro or otherwise, should never make a comeback.

What are your thoughts on coloured bathroom suites? An interior design faux pas or edgy?

Toilet mats

Apologise to anyone who currently has an array of round-the-toilet mats to choose from – no doubt matching your bath mat – but in our eyes, not only is the toilet mat a design travesty in the bathroom is it also a safety hazard.

Why ruin your beautiful fitted bathroom with a toilet pedestal mat?

Very deep pile carpets

Also known as shag pile carpets, when they were initially fitted they were the epitome of luxury and textured delight.

Until that is, they became so filthy that they had to be got rid of. Even vacuums from the 70s and 80s couldn’t cope with the very deep pile of the shag carpet.

You can still opt for the luxury and decadence, however, with a shag pile rug next to your bed or in other low traffic areas. But don’t try to vacuum it or you’ll scalp it.

Bling

Anything that glitters is not always gold but before we lose an army of fans, we need to qualify what we mean by bling.

Shiny surfaces, ostentatious bling and so on have been used in some applications to mask the poor quality design and poor quality items. And that’s when we don’t like it.

Effectively an interior design mask, bling is sometimes used to draw attention away from something that doesn’t work.

However, polished surfaces, high-shine items and metallic finishes do have a place in modern interior design, when done well.

For example, take the modern bathroom. You want something practical, minimal and easy to keep hygienically clean. The problem is it can look too clinical and devoid of character.

By adding a few touches of bling and sparkle – notice the caveat of adding a little bling – you can give it a luxurious feel without cluttering the space.

Bling is also perfect for the smaller bathroom which needs careful consideration when it comes to design and the final choice of bathroom furniture.

Tell us…

What wouldn’t you want to see making a return? No matter how small or controversial your thoughts, we want to hear them!

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