Interior design stereotypes have found a way to become ingrained in our dialogue when it comes to decorating our homes. However, much like our culture of judgment, there are certain stereotypes that may have been learned that should absolutely be forgotten.
The following 8 interior design stereotypes are actually super-stylish right now, and you might reconsider them the next time you decide to redecorate.
1) Mismatched Living Room Furniture: It used to be that you were required to have matching sets of furniture in your living room. Gone are the days of matching couches and loveseats. For one, most young people can’t afford to buy all their furniture at once, but secondly, who wants all the same stuff when you can have really fun complimentary pieces? As long as the furniture compliments each other rather than clash, you’ve got a winning style!
2) Black Paint: Yes, it’s true that black paint can make a room feel smaller. It’s also harder to paint-over if you decide to repaint to a lighter color. However, black paint is actually super-stylish right now, especially if you’re using chalkboard paint. So long as you know what you’re doing, you can’t go wrong! Try not to paint everything black, but instead, compliment your existing furniture with black.
3) Mismatched Dining Room Table Chairs: This is another huge interior design stereotype. Gone are the days where people purchase grand dining room sets. Also, it’s super fun to repurpose and refurbish old chairs that might have nostalgia added to them. Suddenly that old chair that’s been sitting in the corner of your basement has a new purpose! Plus it’s super cheap!
4) Wooden Walls: Gone are the days of dark, wooden 1970s basements, however, this does not mean wood is completely out. In fact, there are many great ways to bring wood into the modern era, especially if you consider different staining options. Wood is a fantastic natural texture that adds pizazz and charm to an otherwise boring wall!
5) Wallpaper: Now that we’re on the topic of walls, let’s also consider wallpaper. When the new millennium hit, many people decided to opt for paint, stripping the old wallpaper from their walls to freshen up their homes. It became commonplace to judge wallpaper a great deal, but times have changed! Say goodbye to the Goose Bonnet patterns of the 1980s, and say hello to Watercolor Wallpaper! There are some really wild and fun wallpaper options now for your home and they look incredible.
6) Cement Interiors: What was once covered up with drywall, is now considered to be a unique texture for your home. Cement walls or floors are actually all the rage right now. The grey textures naturally compliment furniture and act as a great backdrop to the pieces in your home.
7) Throw Rugs: What you might call a “dusty old carpet” we now call “vintage & antique.” These old rugs kicking around your grandmother’s house might actually be worth quite a large sum of money. Their faded and aged look is actually a great statement piece for your bedroom or living room. If they smell or are dirty, you can always have them professionally cleaned to give them a new lease on life!
8) Fake Plants: Yes, believe it or not, synthetic plants are back in. No, not those ridiculous-looking giant leaf plants that filled the interiors of outdated fast food decor. Modern fake plants have had a significant upgrade, and actually look quite convincing without all the dirt and fuss of a regular plant. You should always try and use real plants wherever possible, but for areas that don’t get a lot of sunlight, this is a fantastic option.