POLL: What home design trend are you happy to see the back of?

HouzzAU Polls
February 6, 2019
last modified: 11 hours ago

Every year, home design trends are changing, and as new ones make their way into our homes, others get ditched.

From tile trends to colour trends, they all play an important role in the design of our home.

Which home design trend are you happy to see the back of? Vote and let us know of any other trends you'd like to say, sayonara!

Rose Gold
Floral prints
Indoor plants
Faux fur

Comments (30)

  • bigreader
    I don’t hate any of the trends shown. If you love it then have it. What I don’t support is slavishly following trends that are more fads just because they are everywhere. It is difficult when you like items that aren’t currently in fashion but it makes the hunt more fun.
  • Lyn Huppatz
    I'm with bigreader. Don't hate any listed. My dislikes are more like mismatched chairs, dark wooden beams and too open spaces. But what the heck, we are all different (thank goodness) and who really cares about trends?
  • olldroo

    Hi ladies, nice to see you both here. I want to see the end of the word "trend" itself. We are encouraged to be creative and individualistic one minute, and follow trends the next. Couldn't agree more bigreader about how hard it is to buy things if they are not the current trend, it is so frustrating.

    I also hate creating a room of my choice and to my liking and the next year something I've done becomes a trend, my room just doesn't feel so special anymore and it makes me feel like just one of the sheep who have to follow every fashion, fad and trend that hits the market.

    Trends, particularly where colours are concerned can be very misleading too, just because a colour looks good in a photo, does not mean it will work in any and every room in a house - the size and layout of a room and light and aspect play such an important role in how colours react leading to disappointing results for DIY decorators.

  • samrose18

    I dislike the current trend for grey tiles in bathrooms, they look like prison cells.

    I don't know that I would consider most of the list 'trends', apart from rose gold but I don't know how big a trend that is.

  • The Doktor

    I say sayonara to on trend

  • angelikagebhard

    I live in NZ and most of the new houses here are grey/charcoal/ neutral or white ... inside and outside. Kitchens are white and black and shiny, carpets dark grey, bathrooms grey ... Bring back the colours!

  • francescampbell

    I think I might be verging on a profound dislike of the very "popular" white, wide slat louvres or shutters on windows. GGMS they are all over Sydney and Melbourne and I am so sick of them.

  • Jo M

    I'm over seeing grey everywhere. I think it was a useful neutral but now it's just too much.

  • debanger3
    Kitchen islands with stoves or sinks built in.
  • Webby

    I am currently fixing a little shack house that I brought 1 year ago. The biggest problems I am facing are small box kitchen with no bench space or light and inadequate out door living areas. I won't go into many details but taking the indoors out is a real necessity for me. I feel claustrophobic when I walk into a house that can not be opened up to enjoy the outdoors. Natural light, easy flow from one room to another, practical layout with the hint of fun and comfort are big on my list.

  • Nivannii Rose
    I would love to see the back of grey and the back of black as a main colour. They really need to be accent colors only especially in Queensland.
  • Dawn Grassick

    Subway tiles.

  • isellev

    I am with you, Dawn. I despise subway tiles, in any form. They make me think of school toilets.

  • PRO
    MB Design & Drafting

    Rose gold! Something else will always look better.

    Grey, grey and grey.... slowly but surely going, or so I thought then bang its back again.... my own house has light grey exterior walls however it's been that way since 2005 before grey on grey became an epidemic....

  • amandalouiselane

    I hated off white or cream as the ‘go to’ colour for walls, but now I cannot tolerate the grey invasion. Everything is grey!! YUK!! What is wrong with white as the ‘go to’ shade and use what ever colour or colours you like anywhere and everywhere. Don’t change your decor based on trends, I understand it is good for business, but just buy things you like/love and keep them for ever, if you still love them.

  • lynnarmington

    "Industrial" is my pet hate, especially in light fittings. Had a very hard time trying to find lovely colourful glass light fittings in recent years, with some stores not having even one item with colour. Grey and more grey is so depressing, echoing above comments. I suspect that trend is likely to become the 70's 'mission brown' of the recent era.

  • Ms_Carolyn

    My home is made from two shades of grey colourbond and with lots of large windows (double glazed for the Tassie climate) I have followed the grey scheme inside. I love it and thanks to some help from an interior consultant have used warm greys (with no yellow) overtones - it is possible!) throughout. This leaves me to highlight my favourite colours to match my moods, the seasons and the views without being a slave to the "trends". The most frustrating aspect of all this at the moment is the lak of choice of appliances. I am renovating my kitchen and wanted a white fridge/freezer but can't get it - have had to buy a matte black one - what's wrong with white?

  • Jennifer Bradley

    I'd be very happy to see the back of black - especially in kitchens and bathrooms. And charcoal grey too. A bit is fine, but great swathes on tiles or kitchen cupboards, benchtops and splashbacks are pretty hard to live with.

  • John
    The worst trend is drab grey everywhere. Beautiful bricks are painted grey. Timber California bungalows are painted grey. Can anyone name one artistic person who lives in a grey house? The trend to grey reflects the lack of imagination of the current era.

    You might have noticed I hate grey.
  • wendan26

    You are the one living in your home, so design it the way YOU want it, trends come and go so it keeps the paint, furniture, décor etc business's in business, what I see on most of the live home shows I would NEVER even consider, if I like it I will source out what I need, if I cannot find it then I will try my best to make it, dye it or mix the paint to get what I want - it is not right that people have to buy only what is available in the latest trends when next year there is a totally new trend and you are classed as outdated - let the trendies have what they want but YOU have what YOU want.

  • PRO

    Monochromes have their place. It is sensible to style with a neutral background including core pieces such as sofa, carpet blinds/drapes, then add pops of colour of artwork, pillows, vase/flowers for example that are interchangeable seasonally as you wish.

  • PRO

    Trends are fine when you are just adding the colours or small items that are trending (as said in my previous comment). There is minimal cash outlay this way and you are still 'a la mode'.

  • PRO

    Colours are different in different lights. I recommend painting walls last then using large swatches 500mm square to look at colour effect in morning, afternoon and evening light. Furnishings reflect colour on surrounding walls as well.

    I agree with amandalouiselane's comment but greys can be beautiful with mauve or green tints for example...not battleship!

    Yay Ms Carolyn re the greys, we are on the same page! Amazed that a white frig is hard to find!

  • sweetsofparadise2659

    Greys are gorgeous ... or should I say, were gorgeous in my newly renovated home some years back. And back then I would absolutely struggle to find anything to match my designs and colours up with, to say nothing of the ridiculous cost. Now, thanks to a glut of interior design and home renovator TV shows, every man and his dog is pushing and shoving to get a piece of the grey action! I am now bringing in indoor plants and decor like throws and rugs with a little splash of orange or red to start breaking up the look and not be labelled as a slave to fashion. But let’s be honest, Rose Gold and Subway Tiles HAVE to go. Unless you are a Saudi Prince or live in a Railway Station, they have no right to be masquerading as design elements!

  • PRO

    Greys and greens go so well in nature so indoor plants are lovely with grey walls, as sweetsofparadise2659 has commented. a throw in green also works beautifully!

  • PRO

    An example of warm grey and greens with terracotta.

  • PRO
    David Wilkes Design

    Homes that are far too big and built that way just for re-sale value. 'Home Theatres' which aren't able to be used for multiple purposes. :)

  • PRO
    Bold Design Kitchens

    I hate 'White, White and White'. Its going to date just like Apricot! I keep waiting to hear the dentist drill!

  • francescampbell

    I don't mind white, it makes good background for all the colours you may want to put with it. But I had apricot in bathroom and kitchen years ago, and it just never looked clean to me.