We asked: what interior design trends are you just not on board with? And some of the answers surprised us

We took to Threads to ask for some of our followers interior design grievances, here's what some of the most stylish people we know said

Living room in warm off white paint
(Image credit: Crystal Sinclair Designs)

Some design trends are timeless, others are a flash in the pan, but I've been known to obsess over both equally in my time. The accent color wall? Had their day. Oddly-shaped vases? I’m still here for those. Matisse-style drawings? I'd say they're done and dusted. 

The catch with obsessing over one trend so much is that it's easy to overdo it, and we all know how the story goes: from ‘love you’ to ‘I’m so over you’ at the speed of light. 

With our new Livingetc Threads account now open, we got curious about what interior design trends our followers are just not, and never were, on board with. Here's what just a handful of you said. 

1. Magnolia walls

a living room with a large area rug

(Image credit: Adrian Gaut. Design: Crystal Sinclair Designs)

Now, this one might not surprise you - the creamy, buttery color definitely had its moment under the sun, but magnolia walls are largely confined to life as a thing of the past. The eighties and nineties to be precise. But is it though? 

Judging by your messages magnolia is a definite no, but it’s had a rebrand and a refresh, resurfacing as part of our love for decorating with neutrals and natural-looking designs. Lighter than the classic magnolia, we now call it a yellow-based off-white - however, what goes around comes and around, and I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these yellow-based neutrals come to the forefront of design shortly. 

2.  Karate-chopped pillows

Bedroom design by Justin Charette

(Image credit: Gieves Anderson. Design: Justin Charette)

We've already asked interior designers for their verdict on whether we should chop pillows, and the answer wasn't an out-right no, but it continues to prove controversial. 

It’s still going strong for some who want their styling to look ‘just so’, but you told us you prefer a more relaxed look. The karate chop feels a bit too over the top these days and a  bit out of touch with the latest couch pillow trends. In a modern design, it’s time to let pillows be. 

3. Teal anything

Maximalist bedroom with teal door and window frames leading to a balcony

(Image credit: Future/ Paul Raeside)

Teal has been awarded Color of the Year status by paint brands before and it enjoyed a lot of attention in 2018. Made up of two very calming colors that nod to nature, green and blue, we can see why it’s been so popular. However, for interior stylists Bea Lambos, who you can find on Threads at @beaandcostyle, it's a no-go. 'Teal anything. Just. Can't. Do. It', Bea writes. 

Right now, teal doesn't feel like a color that's getting much love by interior designers.  Blue replaced it for a while, and now we’re seeing designers really loving warm, natural greens instead. There are so many colors that go with green too, so it's an easy-going color to use at home, too. 

4. Small indoor plants

Living room with sofa and plant

(Image credit: Molly Culver. Designer: Sara Malek Barney)

We’ve all been there at some point. Small ivys, an assortment of little cacti on the shelf or coffee table. There was a time that wall-to-wall plants in small containers were what everyone was doing.  

In 2024, some designers say scrap that. 'Little indoor plants like Devil's Ivy,' says interior designer Lauren Li, of Sisalla Interior Design (@sisalla_interior_design on Threads). 'I'm so over it. Big trees only please.'  

While we are on board with a carefully curated plant selection, we tend to agree. Bigger plants make a room look more expensive and really create that outdoors-in vibe we’re still loving, so keep an eye out for the best indoor trees instead. 

5. Terrazzo

A terrazzo floor in a minimalist living room

(Image credit: Paolo Abate. Design: MoDus Architecture)

Terrazzo flooring and tiles were a huge interiors trend a little while back, but it appears it hasn't held up to scrutiny in some of its uses. Interior designer Emily Finch (@emilyfinchdesign) says, 'I love it when it's appropriate (like, in Italy), but not all over every bathroom.' 

6. Color, and not color 

Colorful floor sofa in a playroom

(Image credit: Matthew Williams)

It's fair to say that the most popular answer to our question was all about the all-grey-and-white interiors that are so often used in modern new builds, with our followers asking for a bit more color in their spaces. 

However, interior designer Rebekkah Davies (@rebekkahdaviesid) had a counterpoint of being tired of 'color as a virtue. Lots of colors is not for everyone,' the designer says. 'Doesn't mean they're not "brave" or "bold" or even fun - it just means they are people who don't like lots of color.'

Raluca Racasan
News writer

Raluca is Digital News Writer for Livingetc.com and passionate about all things interior and living beautifully. Coming from a background writing and styling shoots for fashion magazines such as Marie Claire Raluca’s love for design started at a very young age when her family’s favourite weekend activity was moving the furniture around the house ‘for fun’. Always happiest in creative environments in her spare time she loves designing mindful spaces and doing colour consultations. She finds the best inspiration in art, nature, and the way we live, and thinks that a home should serve our mental and emotional wellbeing as well as our lifestyle.