Expert reveals the interior design trends that will make your home look dated

When it comes to our homes, the last thing we want is for visitors to judge them as outdated. 

But unfortunately there are plenty of once popular trends that are now deemed to be passé. 

Speaking to FEMAIL, Zoe Warren, interior designer at PriceYourJob.co.uk, revealed the nine most common home decor trends that result in your home looking tacky or old fashioned, including wicker furniture and magnolia walls.

She also suggested potpourri should now be replaced with on-trend diffusers. Here, the expert reveals the design fads that should be avoided… 

1. Magnolia walls

Move over, magnolia: The once popular colour has had its day, instead go for Scandi white or cool grey for a neutral yet clean finish

The interior design expert said: ‘In the 1980s and 1990s magnolia paint, labelled after the vanilla petals from the same named plant, could be found on almost every wall in every home. 

‘The “buttery” yet neutral blend could be matched with almost every piece of furniture, hence the popularity. 

‘However, this colour is now seen as very outdated. Instead paint your walls in Scandi white or cool grey for a neutral yet clean finish. 

2. Heavy curtains

Forget the fuss: Swap heavy curtains with valances and tie backs for something less formal

Forget the fuss: Swap heavy curtains with valances and tie backs for something less formal

‘Heavy curtains used to be accompanied by valances and matching tiebacks, looking bulky and formal,’ said the expert. 

3. Vertical blinds 

‘Vertical blinds may seem like an innocent addition in your home, but they lack style and character,’ insisted Zoe.

‘The plastic beaded chains which tie the strips together make the blinds look unattractive and rather outdated. 

‘Make the switch to horizontal roman blinds or delicate curtains for an elegant look in your home.’

Bye bye blinds! Vertical blinds must go

Bye bye blinds! Vertical blinds must go 

‘Recently, these heavy accents have been simplified. Window treatments need to go with the feel of the entire home, a modern home is all about brightness and elegance. 

‘Hang the curtain rods higher than your natural window edge to give the illusion that your windows are floor to ceiling and your room is airy. 

4. Popcorn ceilings

‘Popcorn ceilings refer to the “bumpy” texture also known as Artex ceilings,’ explained the interior design guru. 

‘They are used to turn a smooth ceiling into a statement feature. However, nowadays the speckled design dates the room and can look unappealing. 

‘If the texture isn’t shedding, popcorn ceilings can be painted for a quick refresh. Ensure you follow the correct preparation for a smooth finish. 

‘If you need more of a repair, call in a professional as it may contain asbestos,’ warned Zoe.

5. Potpourri

Zoe suggested potpourri should now be replaced with on-trend diffusers – insisting the former now appears old fashioned. 

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