July 14, 2024

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34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out

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We want our homes to look beautiful. If not for a sense of pride or vanity when showing it to others, then for our own pleasure. Coming home after a day of hard work to a home that’s cozy, practical, and visually pleasing can help us de-stress greatly.

Unfortunately, we can’t all be interior designers and home decor experts. Sometimes, people’s attempts at following trends can go awfully awry. Other times, the trends themselves are questionable. TikTok creators Ethan Gaskill and Robert Gigliotti decided to call out the home decor trends that they find questionable. This prompted other people to share their interior design icks as well – check them out below!

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34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Overly industrial/minimalistic spaces.
This got really popular with the Kanye and Kim house, everything was concrete or plain metal. It feels so cold and detached, it’s not comfortable.

robertgigs , Maria Orlova Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Overdoing the theme.
I love a beach house, but people get too literal. You don’t need a ‘beach’ sign to prove that you like the beach.

robertgigs , booking.com Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Following the home decor bandwagon.
I feel like social media said white kitchens are horrible, I still think a white kitchen can be so beautiful. Also when shiplap got put into every single home. It’s gorgeous in a beach cottage or in a lake house, I don’t know why it got brought into high rises in like Denver or Los Angeles. Follow trends carefully and ask yourself ‘is this right for my space?’ and ‘am I just getting this because it’s trendy or do I love it?’

robertgigs , Mark McCammon Report

Ethan and Robert made multiple videos in the series where they named their home decor icks. Part one is on Ethan’s account, while part two can be found on Robert’s channel. The pair have a disclaimer under their videos, saying they mean no ill will to anyone and that it’s all done in good faith. “We all did these things at one point,” says one of the captions.

“Don’t take us too seriously,” Robert said in part two. “We’re just having fun and bantering. Honestly, a lot of people found our last one helpful,” he added. And he’s not wrong: the pair went viral with their “Home icks” series, with the most popular video garnering 2.5 million views. One commenter even said: “This series needs to be picked up by Netflix, seriously, I would watch this for hours.”

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Color coded book shelves.
A home needs character, needs charm, mix-match looks good, don’t do smallest to largest, just put them in order of weather you’ve read them or not.

ethancgaskill , Juhan Sonin Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Displaying toiletries as decor.
Toiletries, nail polish, makeup if you’re over 14 years old. I don’t need to see your Essie nail polish collection stacked like it’s a spice rack.

robertgigs , Travis Wise Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Furniture that has technology built into it (charging ports, recliners, ect.).
It has never sat right with me. In theory it seems like such a good idea, having a charging port that close to you is great, but what happens a year later when the fuse burns out on that? Or the plug type changes?

ethancgaskill , techsofa.com Report

Ethan and Robert are not professional interior designers, but both have a very keen eye when it comes to home decor aesthetics. Robert told Business Insider that his mother flipped houses when he was growing up in Connecticut, so he’s seen his fair share of interiors. He started helping her pick out tiles and other finishes when he saw that many houses were what he calls “builder gray.”

Both of Ethan’s parents were in the house business, too. His mom was a real estate agent, and his father built custom houses. “My mom was always around the house and really ingrained in my brain the idea of keeping a tidy space and making sure your space is a kind of reflection of who you are, in the way that it sort of impacts your mind,” he told the publication.

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Indoor furniture that looks like outdoor furniture.
That powder coated black steel silhouette or any furniture that looks too concrete or bulky. They look like they’re meant to be on someone’s back patio with a fire pit between them.

ethancgaskill , Gül Işık Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Lucite furniture.
I in general don’t like clear furniture or clear surfaces. Lucite is better suited in your bathroom drawers, to help organize your products, not to be used to dine on or as a coffee table.

robertgigs , southeastflorida Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Faux marble curtains, bedspreads, ect.
Anything that is printed in marble. I don’t know why this became such a thing. I fell like marble is the new galaxy print.

ethancgaskill , ClassyCushionsShop Report

The pair says they’re not trying to be the authority on what people should or should not do. They’re simply pointing out what decor mistakes they or their friends and family made throughout the years. “This is a lot of stuff we’ve done ourselves, or we grew up with siblings that have done this, or parents, it’s all things that people kind of agree on or relate to in a way, that they can kind of laugh about,” Ethan told Business Insider.

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Using too many iconic designer pieces.
Too many notable pieces. When everything is just a name. This relates to fashion too, if someone’s wearing designer everything it can get tacky.

ethancgaskill , benundseinstein Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Jonathan Adler.
Specifically the drug pillows or drug coasters and drug jars. Are you showing off that you do pills? Is that funny?

robertgigs , jonathanadler.com Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out (Bad) vinyl flooring.
House flippers are buying the coolest homes and absolutely destroying them, and the flooring is the one that I see most often. These really high contrast, printed looking vinyl wood floors – it’s bad. Your floor doesn’t need to make a statement.

ethancgaskill , Beazy Report

Robert also says it’s not about calling people out for their poor decor choices. “We’re not just saying, ‘Don’t get this ugly chair. You’re pathetic.’ We’re trying to find ways to make everyone’s life easier and have a space that’s lasting, that’s better for the environment because we’re not throwing things away, making people happier.”

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Oversized objects.
Those chain link marble things, they can be wood too, oversized glasses, paper clips, even those hand chairs. They bother me for some reason, they’re very tacky.

ethancgaskill , HandShapedChairs Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Hardware store supply furniture.
That’s the wood pallet coffee tables, using cinder blocks as night stands, or God forbid you take that polyurethane and make that foam cloud mirror. I don’t want my home to look like that, leave it to the bars.

robertgigs , Tamilles Esposito Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Mass produced quirky art prints.
These are the new ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ signs. They’re always a food pun or a cowboy hat. An art print of 12 pickle jars? You can do better

ethancgaskill , PrettiestPrintable Report

Creating your personal interior style can be difficult. Similarly, as with fashion, we tend to be persuaded by trends and the media about whether a piece of decor or furniture is acceptable or not. I, too, like to scroll through Instagram and TikTok for home design inspiration, but, ultimately, it should be about developing your personal style rather than chasing fads, right?

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out White/cream boucle.
It never looks good, it collects dust, it does not hold up over time. It looks like it always has clumps of hair in it.

ethancgaskill , mk. s Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out ‘Quirky’ candles.
Specifically these cube-ball candles or the squiggle candles in general. I feel like they’re always collecting dust, no one ever lights them.

robertgigs , HelloWenStudio Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Uninspired coffee table books.
There are so many coffee table books, and I see only this Tom Ford coffee table book. There are so many, I think I thrift 10 a week with the coolest imagery in it and they’re inspiring.

ethancgaskill , MathildaHomeStore Report

Leonard Bessemer, a furniture designer and the founder of Objects for Objects, told The Washington Post that what you see on the screen won’t necessarily look nice in your home. “People want to imitate really cool aesthetics they see on Instagram, which I think is great, because then your home is going to look nicer, but the fallacy is that it isn’t necessarily your personal style.”

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Peel and stick / amateur DIY project.
Overly DIY’ed spaces. I don’t want to have the edges of my countertops peeling. It just feels so temporary.

robertgigs , Curtis Adams Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out A pop of color (in an all white/beige/grey space).
I’m talking about those all neutral rooms with three teal pillows. Color intertwined throughout your space is way better.

robertgigs , Max Vakhtbovycn Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Making everything a moment.
Your appliances don’t need to be a moment. Now I’m seeing squiggle light switch covers, your light switch doesn’t need to be a moment. Some things can just be simple.

robertgigs , PrintedWeird Report

So, how can people find their own home aesthetic? Stylist Allison Bornstein has an interesting suggestion – the three-word method. You choose the three words that best describe what you want your home to look like and build your aesthetic around that. Bornstein herself used the words “classic, ’70s, and elegant” for her home.

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Washable rugs.
In theory this is a good idea, but you end up with a very weird piece of fabric on the floor that looks wrinkly.

robertgigs , PadaWorks Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Using dining room chairs as accent chairs.
Using the chairs as a wrong function. You can’t tell if it’s a dinning room chair or a living room chair, they’re a little to flimsy to be either or.

ethancgaskill , Artem Lysenko Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Big box store / mass produced art.
The fake Van Gogh paintings, the Banksy prints. It’s like home staging. We know that those aren’t original, you know that, you’re not trying to fool anyone into believing that, but there’s just such better artwork. Support local artists, print a piece of art from your travels.

robertgigs , DigitalArtLondon Report

The stylist also suggests adding one more word for every separate home space. So, a living room could be playful, modern, and colorful. Then, you’d add one more adjective, like “warm.” Bornstein told The Washington Post that mistakes are going to happen, and they might help you filter your three keywords.

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out ‘Boho chic aesthetic.’
It’s so trying too hard. The whole aspect of bohemian style is going with the wind, travelling, eclectic and this is too much. It looks like a lot of nail salons. Just go more simple, you don’t need to nail a basket to your wall.

robertgigs , Alyssa Strohmann Report

Designer Kati Curtis told Homes & Gardens that her strategy is to mix several styles. That way, no piece of furniture or decor ever really goes out of style. “This approach avoids the ephemeral nature of trends and embraces a design philosophy that stands the test of time, creating a home that feels both lived-in and loved,” she explained.

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Bedroom sets (all from the same exact collection).
In theory it seems like the obvious solution having a very cohesive space, they all go together, but it feels way less unique and is so much more expensive.

robertgigs , Jonathan Borba Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Letting your personal interests be your interior design ‘style’.
You don’t need too much of one particular thing or style in a space. Your home can speak to your interests in more subtle or timeless ways. You can love fashion, but you don’t need to display your Gucci and Hermes boxes as decor.

robertgigs , Ron Lach Report

Well, if we’re already doing this for fun, would you share some decor items you don’t like, Pandas? It might help others realize what interior design mistakes they’re making or, perhaps, what they’re missing. Let us know in the comments!

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Fake vintage/retro appliances.
I hate things that are like a ‘groovy’ or retro design. Even if it’s authentic, I’m really not a fan of that style.

ethancgaskill , ready made Report

34 Interior Design Icks That Might Make You Feel Called Out Keeping old Aesop / Le Labo soap bottles and refilling them with cheaper alternatives.
If you want an attractive soap situation in your bathroom there are plenty of cool refillable soap dispenser options.

ethancgaskill , aesop.com Report

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