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Zombie design trends that should’ve stayed buried

(5 min read) Yeeey, my favorite type of topic! The one that allows me to endlessly rant and vent out my frustration into the world! Join me, folks!

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Let’s get rid of some terrible design trends before the winter hits.

Sometimes I open an interior design magazine (I won’t throw names cuz that would be unprofessional) and while going through it I get the sudden urge to take a gasoline can, go to the beach, and burn the monstrosity. I mean seriously, sometimes it’s like walking through the Modern and Contemporary Art department of the Met — it’s just one ugly artwork, after another, with some minor exceptions in between. And the worst, and I mean THE WORST of them all are the zombified trends from decades ago. Sooo, Jimmy put on a Footloose soundtrack and get me a pina colada and let’s get this party started! …Oh, I forgot to mention that the theme of the party is (*insert drumroll here) — Hideous Zombie Trends!

Interior design trends by Mosaics Lab
Cozy furniture, mosaic artwork, and some color are all a living room needs.


Acrylic Furniture

I keep trying to add a pic here and I keep gagging. Ugh. So ugly, so meaningless, so cold and fake. Just imagine any acrylic chair of any design next to your favorite comfy reading chair. It’s like putting a TikToker next to Lana del Rey, or a mashed potato next to a three-course meal of an Italian grandma, or a Chandler Morrison novel next whole Clive Barker opus… it just won’t do bro. Burn that plasticky thing now. Or better yet, sell it on eBay cuz they are outrageously expensive for no apparent reason.

Design trends by Mosaics Lab
NO. That’s it, that’s the caption.

Interior design trends to bury by Mosaics Lab
Cozy and inviting.

Brass Faucets

I know that vintage look and farmhouse décor are all the rage these days, but cut it with these atrocious 19-century industrial-looking torture contraptions. Seriously. There is nothing charming about a stainy, oxidized, or even moss-green faucet. Absolutely nothing Karen, you hear me?!

Interior design trends by Mosaics Lab
Ahhh, how charming… Now add some years and some ugly greenish stains. There.

Interiors trends by Mosaics Lab
Shiny steel faucet and a mosaic backsplash complete the picture perfectly. Mosaic Design by Sicis.

Beveled Glass

Excuse me, but unless you live in a 400-year-old catholic cathedral, I see no need for it. Beveled glass is pricey, overrated, and pretentious. Just put a normal Glass on your windows and pair everything up with some awesome plushy curtains. There ya go! The effect is terrific and you’ve spent less money than you would’ve spent on beveled glass. Not to mention your neighbors won’t think you’re an angry recluse and eccentric. That will stay between you and me. *wink wink

Kitchen interiors trends by mosaics lab
First of all, NO, second of all, where is your mosaic backsplash?

Interior design trends by mosaics lab
Just some regular glass and wood, thank you very much. Photo by Irys Monroe.


Gallery walls of family photos

No, Karen, don’t do it! Little Chad has outgrown his little sailor suit a long time ago. He’s into real estate now and he doesn’t appreciate being referred to as ”momma’s little sailor” whenever he comes to visit. Also, Susan, has been earning 3 thousand a month as a Blackjack dealer in Vegas for over five years now, so her time on that rocking wooden horse is long gone. Just frame a mosaic artwork instead. Trust me. It’ll look both classy and sophisticated, not to mention it’ll be a great conversation starter when Mike and Beth come to visit.

Interior design trends
No wonder Chad and Susan don’t visit as much anymore…Image source: Decoist

Interior design trends
Put this mosaic artwork on your wall Karen, trust me, Chad and Susan will appreciate it.


Pot Fillers

Yes, if you didn’t know, that one faucet over your dishwasher isn’t enough. There should be one more. Preferably “strategically” placed right in the middle of your gorgeous mosaic backsplash thereby running it completely. I truly don’t have any idea what was going through the mind of the first person who thought they needed an additional faucet coming straight out of a random spot on their kitchen wall. “Ah, I know what I need! I need another faucet that will go here and look misplaced like something out of the Alien: Covenant movie!” Ppl be crazy sometimes…

Interiors trends by Mosaics Lab
Bro, Sigourney Weaver is hitting the gym as we speak. Image source: Wayfair.

Bathroom Trends by Mosaics Lab
No pot filler is needed. Image source: Home Bunch.


Ah, it has been a real joy-ride, amirite? These were some Romero-quality zombies I tell ya. Keep your eyes open wide folks, you never know when one of them might stumble into your home.


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26 Comments

  1. Katherine
    August 27, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Haha, I definitely got a good giggle out of some of these. Totally agree with most of them, especially gallery walls! I’m so over them. But I think a “brushed gold” faucet is beautiful. I know brass is different but I do prefer the gold over the shiny silver these days (even though that’s what I have in my own home right now lol).

  2. Krysten Quiles
    August 27, 2021 at 10:16 am

    I am so obsessed with the pot fillers, I want one!

  3. Carleen
    August 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I’m with you on acrylic furniture. But I have to say that I really want a pot filler! Not for design reasons,, just because I have tall pasta pots.

  4. Amanda
    August 27, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Oh my! Some of these trends are absolutely not my taste as well. I look for classics and try to stick with that!

  5. Catherine
    August 27, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Oh my goodness some of these designs I didn’t even know were ‘trends’ at some point. The pot filler really got me…I think sometimes people think more is more when it comes to design.

  6. Leahn
    August 27, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Hahaha, your post made me laugh as some trends as you say will get dated and unfashionable esp like the brass faucets

  7. Heather
    August 27, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    I don’t mind the pot fillers. I feel like that would be convenient. But the acrylic furniture? Yikes!

  8. Laura le Roux
    August 27, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    LOL that faucet over the stove is something else! I am so in love with that mosaic. Dare I say it is better than pics of my kids :-p

  9. Aisa
    August 28, 2021 at 5:47 am

    I have never seen a pot filler before. That is something uniqurely new to me. Is it a recent item?

  10. Rhian Westbury
    August 28, 2021 at 6:44 am

    The acrylic furniture one made me gag slightly as well. I don’t mind gallery walls but I don’t know whether I’d put old family photographs there, I quite like them for general artwork x

  11. Rosey
    August 28, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I remember being intrigued by the acrylic furniture. Then I saw a piece in person and it was an instant no.

  12. Ron Donoho
    August 28, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Great angle to use for a design feature. Everything doesn’t always have to be positive–fun to laugh at decor.

  13. A.Z.
    August 28, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    I am completely okay with Shiny steel faucet , no brass material at all! Love that mosaic artwork as backdrop idea 👌🏻

  14. Melissa Cushing
    August 28, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    I for sure would appreciate every look featured in this post. I absolutely love the stone wall in one of the pic’s and honestly love all of the looks…. And wold love any of them for myself.

  15. CA
    August 28, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    It is so refreshing to read about the things that you don’t like or don’t agree with design-wise. Your thoughts were enlightening as well.

  16. Jupiter Hadley
    August 29, 2021 at 2:43 am

    The clear, Acrytlic furniture looks really uncomfortable too. It’s like the least homey and least cozy thing you can put into your house.

  17. Paula Richie
    August 29, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    I dislike many of the same trends you mention here. I do still like beveled glass though.

  18. Jasmine Martin
    August 29, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    I have absolutely never been a fan of brass faucets. They never fit with any decor I’ve seen and I feel like they’d have to be replaced sooner than later.

  19. P.O.
    August 31, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    You never fail to put a smile on my face. I agree completely with your statements about acrylic furniture. Keep up the good work!

  20. P.R.
    August 31, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    You never fail to put a smile on my face. I agree completely with your statements about acrylic furniture. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!

  21. Stephanie
    August 31, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I have to say I agree with some, but not others. I love my photo gallery wall. It’s my home, why should I not display photos of my family and friends? But, I have more than just photos on the wall. There are other design elements to it. I completely agree with acrylic furniture being a hard NO though!

  22. Luna S
    September 1, 2021 at 12:37 am

    I agree with a lot of these, but I’ll keep my family photos hahaha.

  23. Melissa Dixon
    September 1, 2021 at 8:09 am

    I like some of these and couldn’t imagine why anyone would want the others. I am pretty laid back in my design style but I love the stone wall!

  24. Dan "Jay" Reyes
    September 1, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    I actually like these designs because they don’t look “zombie” to me at all.

  25. Monica Y
    September 1, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    haha for sure some of those trends are outdated and never looked good, but you know, there are tastes for everything lol

  26. Jennifer Passmore
    September 2, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Oh my gosh, the acrylic furniture! I also never have seen a pot filler! that is pretty ugly, I agree with you!