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12 Ugly Decor Pieces nobody Should Own Anymore

We’ve all owned ugly decor at one time or another. There’s no denying it.

Some of it stays around for years until we realise how truly revolting it is. And sometimes, sadly, we refuse to admit how wonderfully heinous some of our decor decisions are.

In today’s post I’m going to show you 12 of the worst ugly decor finds that I know many of us probably still own. Or at the very least, you grew up with them and your parents probably have no idea how wrong they’ve become.

So gather yourself and prepare to part ways with some of your finer homewares mistakes. I’d love to know if you own any of these ugly decor or furniture gems. I won’t judge you. OK, maybe just a little bit.

ugly decor knitted doll toilet roll holder

1. The Doll Toilet Roll Holder.

Because storing toot roll in your cupboard out of sight would be crazy!?

ugly decor toilet seat cover with aquatic design

2. Decorative Toilet Seat Covers

What a style statement! Bonus points if they’re aquatic-themed.

ugly decor magazine holder beside toilet

3. Magazines Holders next to Toilets

This is not a place for reading!!! Get in, get out, do not linger.

man filling up water bed bladder

4. Waterbeds of Any Kind

Nothing says ‘sexy’ like filling up your bed’s bladder before you get into it.

ugly decor pink blow up sofa

5. Blow-up Furniture

My first boyfriend owned one of these. The relationship lasted one month.

ugly decor live love laugh wall decal

6. Live Love Laugh Decals

This is the most modern decorating mistake one can make. Remove them ASAP.

ugly decor clown doll with orange hair

7. Clown Dolls

There is nothing creepier than a clown. Besides a clown collection. Burn all of them at once.

knitted coat hanger cover in purple and pink

8. Knitted Coat Hangers

Forget ‘no wire coat hangers’. These are far uglier and must be stopped at once.

ugly decor fabric tissue box holders with frills

9. Fabric Tissue Box Holders

Even better if they feature florals and frills. The ultimate in Nanna vibes.

ugly decor bad paint sponging effect on walls

10. Paint Sponging

The ugliest treatment to ever hit a wall. It’s best you demolish your home if it has these.

ugly decor frog that croaks when you go near it

11. Frogs that Croak as you Approach

Because just putting a doorbell at the front door seems too normal?

ugly decor white doily tablecloth on brown table

12. Doilies

Especially large ones used as tablecloths. There is no need for these to exist. Please terminate.

What’s your biggest ugly decor crime? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Do you own any of these gems? Don’t be shy – reveal your sins!

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • Ann


    Hi Chris
    Yes I agree that most of these are ugly beyond belief but You got me on the “knitted” coat hangers (sorry Chris they are crocheted, as are the instructions). I actually PREFER these to wire or anything else for that matter for my clothes. Mine are luxuriously well padded without fake flowers and very much nicer than the ones shown. They allow you to hang your cardigans, jumpers and special tops (with elastane cause it’s almost impossible to get them any other way now days) without the dreaded stretched shoulders, or pixie wing nubs (as we call them) the stretched bumps on the shoulders that look like you have been divested of wings from a former life. For those slippery items or those with wider necks that refuse to stay on a wire, wood or even the dreaded fuzz covered hard coathanger, these coathangers grip them better than all of them. They maybe be ugly (actually mine aren’t because I make them myself to colour co-ord with my clothes) but I think I will keep them for a bit longer or until someone comes up with an alternative that does not ruin your clothes. Try them yourself, you may be surprised!

    19 May, 2017
      • Karina


        Here’s a couple of links for you 🙂

        19 May, 2017
          • Karina

            LOL! As long as the blanket is ‘on trend’, you’ll be ok. I had to fight tooth and nail with Nan to make one that wasn’t multi-coloured with a black border…what’s with that anyway?

            19 May, 2017
  • Penelope White


    Did your ex of one week pull out the baby oil as well when he invited you home to sit on his hot pink blow up couch ….. (long time no hear; just had knee replacement surgery…….OUCH isn’t quite the right word)

    19 May, 2017
  • Karina


    I have to agree with Ann, I love my Nan’s coat hangers! I’ve even had people ask me to make them. These are crocheted, but like a pom pom before you cut it in half. They’re slotted through the middle onto a wooden hanger until it’s full. I also love my doilies, and I’m not afraid to use them, ha ha ha! The other 10 items are indeed, hideous. You missed the crocheted poodle bottle cover, it’s a real winner! Every home should have at least one…not.

    19 May, 2017


    Morning Chris,I have a group of friends,all Capricorns and each birthday the brief is to find the ugliest and most hideous decorator item you can find as a gift…The year before last I recieved the light up last supper wall clock that on the hour a light goes on above the head of the disciples and at twelve Christ is lit up and it chimes hallelujah.I love it.

    19 May, 2017
  • Karina


    And please, no more frangipanis lol!

    19 May, 2017
  • Janelle


    Guilty of the knitted coat hangers as well, at least the are out of sight!
    Can I add to the list animal statues – giraffes, hippos, elephants, – dogs etc.
    Also fluffy soft toys in adult’s bedrooms!

    19 May, 2017
  • Ann


    Must be a female vs male thing Chris, men have easy clothes to hang without stretching. I would just prefer my most precious best loved clothes on something that will not leave them misshapen. An example or two but mine are very well padded. https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=a94LOhfK&id=9F61E40FBDC0DAC099C20C76DB0BDA127F497A7E&thid=OIP.a94LOhfKj1F_hNIGmcKQ_wDHEs&q=Covered+Coat+Hanger+Covers&simid=608009848369514265&selectedindex=339&mode=overlay&first=1.

    19 May, 2017
  • Anna Kenny


    OMG – That was a trip down bad memory lane, thank God my mum was not into the loo-dolly but am guilty of the sponge painted walls in the 80’s – pale yellow with blue woodwork , by the 90’s we sold the place and we were neutral again, I also went thru a collecting teddy bears stage and got so many gifts – I donated mine to needy kids but have kept the gift ones because of the sentiment and they are cute, but they live on top of a tall bookcase in my spare craft room That water bed, was the worst – my brother had one for awhile and I used to get seasick watching without even sitting on it, cannot imagine whose bright idea that one was and please no more freaky clowns, am trying to dispel that image, the stuff of nightmares

    19 May, 2017
  • ‘Toot’ rolls! Omg that’s bloody funny. My nan uses that word when she needs to go to the ‘toot’!!!
    My last rental had an absolutely classic ocean themed toilet seat with shells, starfish (poor little dead buggers spend eternity looking at chocolate starfish), plastic dolphins and sand. Ugh! In green too! Agh!
    But worse is moving into our first house of our own and the tiny loungeroom has one of those sponge painted walls in dark blue 🙁

    27 June, 2017
  • modflowers


    I would add Keep Calm and Carry On posters / mugs; bunting; curtain pelmets; artex on interior walls and ceilings; those massive pale-coloured leather three piece suites, frilly bedlinen and pedestal mats for toilets.

    18 September, 2017
  • Michelle


    Come on Chris… the croaking frog is kinda quirky lol….at least if I am eating a double coat tim tam it looks a little better lol

    4 November, 2018
  • Penelope WHITE


    I had weighed in on this controversial topic last year just after my knee surgery, however I’m going to have yet another crack at it because I feel people need to know; they cannot go on living there lives in this shameful state if somebody doesn’t call them out on it.
    1. CARPET……in the bathroom; even worse the kitchen and YES I’ve seen it done. Who in their right mind does carpet in the bathroom or kitchen. One word for you all to ponder HYGIENE. Everytime I think of it I throw up in my mouth.
    2. Scandinavia Decor ~ please please let this die; don’t keep it on life support any longer than you have to. I hate to tell those who’ve done it that those things you purchased at that big department store, well……everybody else has the same thing done exactly the same way. All you have to do is go on Instagram & every second post is ‘Scandi’ & in the comments something like this; ‘just loving my new scandi inspired room with these bargain finds’. Arghhh sorry hun YOU and EVERY 2nd household in Australia. So I could go on with many many abhorrent decor disasters, but I’ll let you off the hook. I’m going to get some breakfast (no carpet allowed!).

    4 November, 2018
  • Cromwell


    Good thing it’s 2019 now. Some of these might make a comeback!

    21 February, 2019

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