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5 worst interior design trends of 2022

(4 min read) 2022 is over and we’ve already recapped our favorites of designed trends that graced our interiors throughout the year. Now it is time for us to do the same, but with our least favorite ones. Whether we want to admit it or not, there have been some true misses, to say the least. To be honest, we saw some truly hideous trends in 2022, so let’s hope this article serves as a farewell to them.

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Natural materials done right, no cowhide hideousness here. Image source: Link.

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Eclectic and with measure. Image source: Link.

Glitz, glam, and gag

People always wish to create that upscale feeling, so luxurious fabrics and glittering accessories are always in demand. However, this year a huge number of interiors were covered in ornate, shiny, and reflective surfaces. It was like the Kardashians came in and barfed their sense of style everywhere. Clearly, not everything jam-packed with glitter looks glamorous. In fact, nothing does.

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Too much glitz and glam. Image source: Link.

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Glam and boho look done right. Image source: Link.

Brown isn’t just earthy…

Regardless of this ongoing trend of natural vibes and Biophilic design, brown has managed to overdo it, or rather we’ve managed to overdo it. It seems that there is an excess of brown in a large number of interiors these days, which doesn’t come as a surprise keeping in mind how difficult it is to work with it. Brown is a slow and painful death for small spaces, as it needs a lot of opposites to make it look appealing, which is particularly difficult to achieve in a small room. Brown also absorbs the light, so it will make your space appear darker and moodier. Some say it also ruins marriages and eats small children, so be very careful with it.

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Too much brown would ruin any space. Image source: Link.

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Color brown done right. Image source: Link.


Ahhh, boucle…I actually love boucle, but too much is too much! Boucle is a heavy material that is made of looped yarn. It is a very particular (to say the least) fabric and it doesn’t do any favors to the rest of the furniture if it gets overused. Which it did. Plenty. It seemed that everywhere you look there was a boucle cover, cushion, or upholstery. It seemed that the boucle was about to eat every single space it entered.

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Be careful with the boucle. Image source: Link.

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One or two boucle cushions are quite enough. Image source: Link.

Cowhide prints

See I tried to make that subtitle into a pun or joke or something, but that would be so unnecessary because the joke is already there. Cowhide prints — there, that’s the joke. I always found the trend disturbing. I mean, why would you want the skin of any animal in your home? But, hey. That’s probably just the animal lover in me talking. However, as popular as this trend has become over the years it seems that it was overused to a cliche this year. In my book, this is one of the worst trends of all time. It’s up there right next to neon plastic furniture and carpeted bathrooms.

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Poor cow…Image source: Link.

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Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of it…Image source: Link.

Tile countertops

Seriously, though, who thought that bringing this one back was a good idea? This particular trend had its heyday in the 70s for a reason and it should have stayed there. Instead, someone decided to make it a thing yet again! I guess people find cleaning the grout lines soothing or something. I can understand wanting to salvage a piece of furniture or being nostalgic and wanting to show it, but I really can’t understand why anyone would want to revive such a bad trend. Leave tiles where they should be. On your floor and mosaic backsplashes. Countertops are what granite and quartz are for.

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Kind of pretty, but completely impractical. Image source: Link.

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Quartz countertop and mosaic tile backsplash — a kitchen design done right. Image source: Link.

So those are some of the awful trends we had to deal with this year. All in all, it’s been a pretty good year for interior design. we had more good than bad design and decor solutions and let’s hope that that particular trend will keep up in 2023 too.

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5 Worst Interior Design Trends of 2022
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5 Worst Interior Design Trends of 2022
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5 Worst Interior Design Trends of 2022
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M. Belosh

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  1. Jennifer Prince
    January 2, 2023 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    I’m not really a fan of any sort of animal print, so I’m glad you mentioned cow. I also don’t really like all of the maximalist glam either. Yay for new trends for 2023!

  2. jupiter hadley
    January 3, 2023 at 5:17 am — Reply

    What a fun post! some of these places were so glitzy! Tacky is what they felt like. I’ve never seen boucle before, but do not wish to see it again lol.

  3. Angela
    January 3, 2023 at 3:34 pm — Reply

    OMG!! My house could definitely be on the worst list. I love browns and I know I have just too much of it. Nice post.

  4. Beth
    January 3, 2023 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    I actually like the idea behind most of these. I think people get into trouble by going overboard.

  5. Brianne
    January 3, 2023 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    I’m not bothered by some of these, but that cow print thing. Ugh… that’s atrocious.

  6. Rosey
    January 3, 2023 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    I’m with you on the cowskin trend. Not my cup of tea, though we do have some cute Highlander Cow pics hanging on the wall. 🙂

  7. Lisa
    January 4, 2023 at 4:29 am — Reply

    I can see why these trends were voted the worst! Let’s hope they don’t make a return!

  8. Samantha Donnelly
    January 4, 2023 at 6:26 am — Reply

    I do have to agree with you on these, sometimes there is just too much in a room and you wonder how people think it looks great

  9. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    January 4, 2023 at 9:39 am — Reply

    Those are some interesting interior design and I agree with you on too much brown and boucle.

  10. Windy
    January 4, 2023 at 10:24 am — Reply

    The glitz + glam and hundreds of pillows on the couch are definitely horrible.

  11. Claudia Krusch
    January 4, 2023 at 2:25 pm — Reply

    Love your list so much! I agree with all the trends you included as a no no in my book! Thanks for sharing them!

  12. Renata Feyen
    January 4, 2023 at 5:33 pm — Reply

    ooh, glitz and glamour is just not my style – I love it when it is used in clothing but not overdone either

  13. Michael
    January 4, 2023 at 10:42 pm — Reply

    most of them have too much going on. I get what you are seeing here. Haha! Well, new year, new design? But I guess they have so much too which explains most of them,

  14. Celly
    January 5, 2023 at 4:52 am — Reply

    I do love how you have shared each theme which can be done at its best and worse look. The over the top glam and too much brown furniture does look too cluttered

  15. Annabel Beales
    January 5, 2023 at 11:55 am — Reply

    Oooooh some of these are a bit cringeworthy ?

  16. Myrah Duque
    January 5, 2023 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    Thanks for these WORST INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS OF 2022! A real eye-opener indeed! I see a lot of clutter.

  17. Tammy
    January 5, 2023 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    Ahh totally agree with you but love how you showcased how to make these trends work!

  18. Whitney Stewart
    January 5, 2023 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    I pretty much SUCK when it comes to interior design; but now I know what REALLY not do do whenever I redecorate my house! Thank you so much for sharing this! It will come in handy!

  19. Amber Alton
    January 5, 2023 at 6:51 pm — Reply

    When I first started looking at the pics I thought they didn’t look so bad but the more I looked at the details, like two rugs on top of each other, then I saw how bad they were. lol

  20. Amber
    January 5, 2023 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    Wow! Some of those are terrible. Can’t imagine how someone things the decor looks good.

  21. Lyosha
    January 5, 2023 at 7:29 pm — Reply

    It’s so unusual to see those erros on your blog! I agree especially on that brown room: it looks horrible

  22. Annabel Beales
    January 6, 2023 at 4:56 am — Reply

    Oh my, some of these are really awful! Gave me some entertainment!

  23. Rhian Westbury
    January 6, 2023 at 7:23 am — Reply

    I’m not a fan of any of these trends myself. But that’s what’s beautiful, everyone’s tastes are different, and things I might like others may hate x

  24. Claudia Krusch
    January 6, 2023 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Very interesting! I never thought of some of those trends.

  25. Tammy
    January 6, 2023 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    You really showcased how to do these trends correctly! I’m not against all of them but like you pointed out, less can be more!

  26. Sonia Seivwright
    January 6, 2023 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    Hahaha, this home decor reminds me of back in the day. They were very popular back then. I still remember my grandma’s kitchen worktop looking like that.

  27. rachel
    January 7, 2023 at 9:17 am — Reply

    YESSSS! Can we PLEASE be done with all of these?! haha

  28. Tammy
    January 7, 2023 at 4:23 pm — Reply

    I like how you’ve corrected each of these faux pas. Definitely great inspo for design here and how to avoid these trendy mistakes.

  29. Claudia Krusch
    January 7, 2023 at 8:45 pm — Reply

    Very interesting trends. Thank you for sharing them!

  30. alita
    January 12, 2023 at 6:53 pm — Reply

    If there are best interior designs there are also worse ones. Although some of these I think are still pretty and not worse at all.

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