Just as there are people who are wearing the same haircut since the late 80's, there are others who decorate their home once and figure well, that's it, I'm done.
There are also folks who move into a new home and simply continue using the last owner's decor. I asked a friend recently why his framed painting was so off center and high. "Cuz that's where the nail was," he replied with a look on his face that said "duh."
Most of the following items were really stylish back in their day…and that’s just the problem. Their day was a looong ago. And they have not come back around so don't even attempt claiming retro chic.
If you are moving anytime soon, removing these items should be on your home staging to do list.
Shiny yellow brass. The last time I moved, I replaced the existing chandelier and brought it to Goodwill. They refused to take it because of the shiny brass. It’s not stylish enough for Goodwill.
Wallpaper boarders. Admit it, you felt so clever for 'pulling your room together' by matching the wallpaper border to the bedspread. But it’s time to remove the evidence of your handiwork. Actually, it was time about a decade ago. Or two.
Hanging plants with vines more than 12’’ below planter. The ZZ Top beard of the decorating world. If it’s 8 feet long and wrapped around the room, it looks dated for two reasons. 1) that hasn’t been a style since the Pet Rock; and 2) it has to be old in order to grow that long. Extra points for draping them along the wallpaper boarder.
Curtains that “puddle.” Not since vogue-ing was the dance rage has a curtain puddle been chic. Hike ‘em up to 1/4” above the floor.
Popcorn ceilings. These can be not only dated but dangerous. Many popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. Remove professionally!
Mirrored sliding closet doors. Great for checking out your parachute pants and Members Only jacket. Sketchy for today’s style. Not to mention, bad feng shui. It disturbs sleep to have a mirror seen from the bed.
Diamond-shaped stained glass windowpanes on the front door.Go ahead, try to duplicate this. Nope, they don’t even make ‘em anymore.
“Ye Olde” Anything. This one’s easy...‘Ye Olde’ is right in the name.
Avocado or mustard appliances. Yes, colored appliances are making a come back…but not in the groovy colors of the 70’s. If your fridge is avocado green, it’s time to retire it along with the collections of tuna casserole recipes and the Crock Pot.
Colored bathroom fixtures. Sure you were foxy getting ready for some Saturday Night Fever in your bathroom with the peach tub, sink and toilet. But you cut your Farrah wings, time to change these too. White or Biscuit please.
Floral chintz, ruffles and bows. Even Laura Ashley herself has moved on from this look.
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