Stuffed animals, floral carpets and Artex ceilings are among the UK's biggest decorating disasters according to new research* from the AA's Home Emergency Response service.
Two–thirds of respondents said taxidermy is the biggest crime against interior design, while over half can't stand floral carpets. Coloured bathroom suites and carpeted bathrooms are similarly disliked, as are 90's bedroom staples the inflatable chair and the lava lamp.
Despite this, nearly a quarter of those surveyed avoid decorating their homes as it's the cause of too many arguments; others said that just making a decorating decision was too stressful.
“It’s hard to believe that everyone once wanted an Artex ceiling and an avocado bathroom suite” said Tom Stringer, head of the AA's Home Emergency Response service. “Some trends go out of date and can be difficult to get rid of too.
“Tackling a home makeover can be a bit daunting if you've never done it before – people often want to spruce up their homes but aren’t sure it'll turn out the way they want it to, or if it'll be worth the expense.
“Things that were popular in the nineties like lava lamps and inflatable chairs have faired better than older trends that people really hate nowadays. Maybe in 20 years' time people will hate ‘Keep Calm’ memorabilia and feature walls will be considered just as naff.”
Tom also points out that out–of–date decorating could be hiding something more serious: “If it's old–fashioned it could be a sign that more important things haven't been updated either, such as electrical wiring or plumbing.”
|What are the top ten decorating disasters?|
|Animal heads or other taxidermy||65%|
|Heavily patterned or floral carpets||54%|
|Carpets in bathrooms||39%|
|Too many collectibles or ornaments||33%|
|Heavily patterned furniture||28%|
|Clashing colour schemes||23%|
|Animal print furnishings||23%|
|Coloured bathroom suites||21%|
*Populus interviewed 912 AA members aged 18+ from its online AA Home Panel between 8-19 March 2013. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
(3rd June 2013)