Tacky Home Decor

What Are The Best Tacky Home Decor?

Your home is a sacred place, and you treat it as such. However, what you thought looked great years ago, might not be anymore. So it’s time to take a step back and look at your decor. Does your home look tacky?

You might not believe it, but there are quite a few ways your home probably looks tacky with these unsuspecting items sitting there.

If you’re curious to know the ways your home will look tacky, we’ve got you covered.

Of course, we do note that every person’s style and taste could differ, which will affect the way any home decor looks.

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but some things do need a change.

Our top priority is making sure your home never looks cheap (even if you are using alternatives).

So, let’s see how these small yet smart tips can help you improve your decor in minutes.


It doesn’t matter how smart and sophisticated the decor and design of your home is if a layer of clutter constantly covers it. Clutter clogs up the flow of a room more than anything and automatically makes any design choices seem less intentional. The good news is that clutter is a treatable issue.

Bad Lighting

There are many ways that lighting can influence the look and feel of a room. Bright, white lighting is a quick way to make a room feel washed out and makes any potentially tacky design decisions stand out even more. Dim, minimal lighting, on the other hand, can work in basements but can also pretty quickly make a man-cave feel a bit too much like an actual cave. You’ll be surprised how much the mood of a room can change if you put some thought into your lighting by switching up fixtures and bulb styles.

Too Much Diy Furniture

We love a good piece of DIY furniture here at the Family Handyman, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be too much of a good thing. A handmade end table, for example, is a great conversation starter and can work well to accent other pieces of furniture in a room. But when a whole room is full of DIY furniture, it can look less like a design choice and more like you’ve filled your living room with a collection of repurposed junk.

Too Much “Trendy” Decor

Trends, by their definition, are designed to come and go. It might seem like a good idea to fill a room full of the latest stylish decor, but that room can go from trendy to tacky in just a few months. Sticking to more classical styles will ensure that you’re not swapping out an entire room’s worth of decor every other month at the whims of whatever trend happens to be popular on Pinterest.

Generic Gallery Walls

Creating a gallery wall is a great way to fill up empty, blank walls in your home. Just make sure that when you create your gallery wall, you do it with a clear idea of what you’re trying to accomplish in the space. Don’t cover up a wall with generic, mass-produced art to fill the emptiness. It’s almost better to have a blank wall than it is to have a wall covered with unoriginal and uninspired art. If you want to put up a gallery wall in your home, take your time and create a clear vision of what you want to achieve in the space before selecting the artwork.

A Crowded Entry

First impressions matter, and the first part of your home that most people will see is the entryway. Having too much stuff in an entryway will make it feel cluttered, oppressive, and immediately uncomfortable. Instead, create an open, inviting space at the entrance to your home using these entryway decor ideas.

Lack Of A Distinct Personality

We’re not saying that everything in your home should be uniform and Who should decorate each room in the same style. That could also make a home feel cheap and staged. What you don’t want, though, is for there to be a lack of cohesion from room to room. Having one room decorated in a modern, minimalist style and the next full of Bohemian decor creates a jarring feeling that makes it seem less like the home’s design was planned and more like it was an accident.

Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings are an unfortunate design choice left behind by lazy homebuilding practices in the 20th century. The rough, bumpy texture is tough to keep clean, hard to repair, and frankly looks bad. If you can, remove popcorn ceilings in your home. It’s a bit of a chore (and a messy one), but once the popcorn is gone and your ceilings clean, the sleek surface will look much better.

“Phrase” Art

“Live, laugh, love” might be a perfectly fine motto to live life. But that doesn’t mean you should have the phrase plastered on 14 different surfaces throughout your home. Generic “phrase” art is very often tacky and impersonal. When selecting art for your home, try to find more personal things or even go an extra step and create your pieces.

Light Fixtures

You wouldn’t think at first of how important a good light fixture can do for one’s decor.

If you have an ordinary bulb fixed right in the middle of the room, it will affect the lighting, but the whole mood will be different. On the other hand, a simple piece like a light fixture can make a room look boring and tacky to outstandingly beautiful.

Wall Colour/Paper

Do you remember those dark green or brown wall colours that looked like someone threw up on the wall? Yeah, those have to go. Especially floral patterned wallpaper.

The right wall colour can make a huge difference to whether your home looks tacky or not. It’s best to keep it simple with light shades or dark but make sure that the rest of your accessories will blend in with the colour.

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Small Rugs

It is something you wouldn’t think makes a difference, but it’s one of the main ways your home will look tacky. For example, if a rug is small and placed somewhere in the middle of the room, it will look tacky.

Picture Frames

Old picture frames can make a home look tacky. Especially those chunky ones with multiple layers. Get rid of those and stick with the simpler designs that make the pictures stand out more than the actual frame.

Fake Plants

These tend to collect a lot of dust over time, and since they’re made from material, they look worn out.

Invest in a few real plants that will uplift your decor while making the air in your home cleaner.

Other plants such as succulents and cacti are great plants to have since they do not require that much maintenance but at the same time look gorgeous.

Cluttered Tables

It’s easy for a messy table to make your home look unclean and untidy.

Remove a few books and magazines from side tables and keep it simple with one or two ornaments. The fewer objects are on it, the better it is.

Table Cloths

Table Tablecloths are great for ensuring your expensive furniture stays undamaged from spills or scratches, but the sad thing is – they don’t look that good.

The wrong patterned tablecloth can easily make your home look tacky, so it’s best to do without it. But if you’re insistent on using one, then make sure to keep the colour fresh and bold.

Also, please refrain from using too bold patterns with many colours since they can be quite overwhelming.

Outdated Curtains And Low Hanging Curtains

It is easily missed but could make a huge difference to the whole room. When a curtain is outdated, it can change how the entire room looks and feels.

It depends on the colour (whether it suits the room), the pattern (if it’s too busy), or the length of the curtain.

Curtains that hang too low from the ceiling can make the decor look outdated, so the ideal way to hang curtains is from the ceiling to the floor.

Another thing to remember is that if the room is already filled with objects, it’s best to keep the colour of the curtain a light shade. It will add to the appeal of the room while complementing the decor.

Beddings & Throws

This part can be tricky since it’s your personal space and where you need to be the most comfortable when it comes to the bedroom.

However, sometimes we tend to mismatch our colours or patterns based on different styles. I know most of us to love to jam pack as many styling tips as possible, but sometimes they don’t go very well.

But if the colours of your throws and beddings clash with the decor, that, unfortunately, needs to be changed.

It is a great example of how the designer managed to keep style and personality included in this design while ensuring it looks modern and fancy.

The great way to do this is to stick with one styling theme. Then, if you see a particular idea you like or a few, pick the one that stands out the most and goes for it.

The aim here is to create a cohesive theme and look great, all with the help of finding your style.

A tiny rubber grape that someone could mistake for the real deal is never acceptable. Do you know what else also isn’t? A large, totally fake peach that will serve as nothing more than a functionally useless dust magnet.

Anything Macramé

It seems that every few years, the powers that be insist upon the incipient comeback of macramé. Could you not believe it for a second? Best case, this frilly fabric will be cool for one more year, maximum, before it’s labelled as a serious faux pas (beginning the cycle anew).

Big Fake Plants

A small fake flower can be charming. But please leave the large fake plants to doctor’s offices and bank waiting rooms. Not only are they ugly, they only exist to gather dust.

Neon Bar Lights

Leave them at the bar unless these vivid lights are handled with extreme taste (as in A supremely stylized retro-chic beach pad).

Chequered Bathroom Tile

Chequered bathroom tile always seems like a good idea when you’ve had a few drinks. Why? Probably because it’s so reminiscent of a pub bathroom. Once you sober up, you’ll realize that it makes your bathroom feel like a cold, clinical space. 

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are an unfortunate remnant from a bygone era of tasteless design. They’re also horrible at letting light in when open and cast unwanted shadows across any room. The less said about them, the better.

Unframed Posters

It’s only okay to tape posters to your walls if you live in a college dorm. Or if you’ve shacked up with five other recent grads in a pint-sized starter apartment. Actual grown-ups, however, should go ahead and spring for frames. 

Giant Stuffed Animals

These are only appropriate if you have kids. If you don’t, they are extremely inappropriate. Maybe you won one at a raffle or funfair and now have no clue what to do with it. There’s a simple solution: Donate them to your friends’ kids.

Sex Toys As Home Decor Accents

Some people think it’s hilarious or stylish to decorate their shelves with personal playthings. (I’ve personally seen more than one living room decorated like this.)

Still, other people point out how the Ancient Romans believed that decorating everything with flying male genitalia was a good luck charm. Spoiler alert: You are not an Ancient Roman. Out of courtesy for anyone who may visit your living room, keep these in your bedroom.

Ruffled Bed Skirts

Want to banish sex vibes from your bedroom for all eternity? Equip your bed with these puritanical-era fabrics.

Giant Lips

The lip motif is everywhere in decorating, from lip-shaped chairs to lip-shaped mirrors. Some people even think it’s sexy. But, of course, a truly sexy option would be a sumptuous, robust sofa done up in rouge upholstery, implying lips without outright putting them in front of your face.

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Pastel Pink

Bright pinks can work great as vibrant splashes of colour. Off-pinks (like lavender or lilac) can work as muted balancing hues. But pastel pink mostly looks sad and old-fashioned. In the worst designs, this shade has a cheap highway motel vibe.

Vintage Fridges

Nostalgia is nice, just not when it comes to appliances. That’s when it merely becomes kitschy and inconvenient — in other words, it takes up too much space in your kitchen. Unless you have a cool, ergonomic fridge in mind — the kind of fridge that looks retro but works well — skip this option entirely.

A Futon

On paper, the futon sounds like a marvel of ergonomic décor. Unfortunately, however, it’s little more than an emblem of your indecisiveness. Do you want a sofa or a bed? Pick one. And if you’re decorating with the idea of frequent houseguests in mind, pick up a pull-out sofa.

A Fern

Ferns are great plants. But as elements of home décor, they look old-school and unimaginative. A banana tree works better. Or even an unfussy split-leaf philodendron.

Stuff With Excessive Paw Prints On It

I get it, and you love pets. But there is something nauseatingly twee about paw prints everywhere. So instead, a single tile with what looks like a stray paw print could be a cool addition to your kitchen floor. Or, an artsy coffee table book about hunting dogs can be a nice touch.

A Freestanding Tub

These tubs can look very mid-century cool. But freestanding tubs also take up an enormous amount of space — and they also happen to use up way more water than regular tubs. So tread with caution when considering installing one.


So, what are the best tacky home decor items? It depends on your style and what you think is tacky. We’ve listed a few of our favourite pieces below, but we want to hear from you! What are some of your go-to tacky home decor items? Please share them with us in the comments section or on our social media pages. And don’t forget to help us spread the word about this post by sharing it with your friends and family. Happy decorating!

FAQs About Builders Melbourne

What Makes A House Tacky?

Bright, white lighting is a quick way to make a room feel washed out and makes any potentially tacky design decisions stand out even more. Dim, minimal lighting, on the other hand, can work in basements but can also pretty quickly make a man-cave feel a bit too much like an actual cave.

What Is Timeless Home Decor?

Timeless design is quietly understated, simple and sophisticated. This style is designed to be highly functional yet not bland. Your timeless style is subtle, adaptable and outlasts. It’s a style that belongs to both its space and its environment.

What Is A Classic Homestyle?

Classic style includes well-made furniture with inlay and carved or turned legs and pieces with ornate detailing, sometimes with a floral or fauna influence. Fabrics with texture, subtle patterns, and stripes mixed with block colours are popular choices.

What Colour Is Replacing Grey?

Brown is becoming a popular alternative to traditional neutrals. Interior designers told Insider that people choose brown colour schemes over white and grey because they’re warm.

What Makes A House Luxurious?

A luxury or high-end home is typically valued within the top 10% of properties on the local real estate market. High-end homes tend to be considerable in size, located in optimal areas, constructed and finished with high-end materials and designed with uncommon architectural details and exceptional amenities.

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