Good design is about finding the delicate yet pleasing balance between form and function. Though a lot depends on what you want to get done, a good rule of thumb is to keep your designs simple, so that they’re easily understood, practical, and aesthetic. But some people throw the rulebook out the window into the dumpster. And then they wing it.

Even though bad home interior designs are something you should practice social distancing from, you can’t deny that they can be hilarious… as long as it’s not your home we’re talking about! Bored Panda wanted to make you laugh and feel better about having to stay in your lovely home during the lockdown, so we’re bringing you the funniest, most facepalm-worthy interior design fails that prove common sense is actually quite rare.

Are you in the mood for some more horrendous examples of design? Well, once you’re done scrolling through this list and upvoting your fave horrible design pics, we invite you to check out earlier posts about design fails here, here, and here.

#1

Steps That You Can't See

Steps That You Can't See

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

person - i want something that aways keeps me on my toes . interior designer-i got you

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#2

Up The Drain It Goes

Up The Drain It Goes

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

And the door right next to it, too...

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#3

My Uncle's House Got A Bathroom Without A Door, Literally The First Thing You See When You Enter The House

My Uncle's House Got A Bathroom Without A Door, Literally The First Thing You See When You Enter The House

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Hermione
Community Member
1 month ago

welcome to our humble commode...I meant abode

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Designer Dieter Rams is one of the world’s brightest experts when it comes to design that’s done well. Back in the 1970s, he said that the world was full of “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colors, and noises” and then went on to create his 10 principles for good design. In our opinion, he expressed timeless rules that are as important now as they were back then.

For Rams, good design has to be innovative but also useful. It can’t sacrifice form or function for one or the other: it has to be a blend of both. If a product is self-explanatory, even better! That goes for designs everywhere—if something is over-designed, it can create confusion.

#4

My Friend's Under-The-Stairs "Bathroom" Where The Toilet Is Diagonal And Partially Installed Into The Carpeted Wall

My Friend's Under-The-Stairs "Bathroom" Where The Toilet Is Diagonal And Partially Installed Into The Carpeted Wall

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J. Cole
Community Member
1 month ago

This is beyond weird

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#5

Can't Stop Thinking About This Sink

Can't Stop Thinking About This Sink

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Why???? Even the microwave is shocked

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#6

Kitchen Made By A Sofa Maker

Kitchen Made By A Sofa Maker

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

Even the oven disapproves....

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Similarly, Rams argues that good design is honest, long-lasting, friendly to the environment, has a shelf life longer than current trends, and does away with non-essentials. In short, aim for purity. Show the essence of the design. Do away with what’s unnecessary. More is less.

However, we’re not the only ones who think that bad designs can be a lot of fun (and not just a warning about what to avoid doing). The founders of the Ugly Design Instagram page, Jonas Nyffenegger and Sébastien Mathys, told Bored Panda in an earlier interview that bad designs jump out at people from the screen and grab their attention.

#7

At Least You Don't Have To Reach For It

At Least You Don't Have To Reach For It

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

I will admit I burst out in laughter.

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#8

The Almighty Toilet Throne

The Almighty Toilet Throne

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

Compensating for something?

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#9

All It Needs Is A Jukebox And A Soda Fountain

All It Needs Is A Jukebox And A Soda Fountain

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Isabel Betancourt
Community Member
1 month ago

Your bath time: Hosted by D**k Clark and Casey Kasem.

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What’s more, atrocious designs also keep on surprising people. Just when you think you’ve reached the bottom of the (Un)Aesthetic Abyss, you realize that it was just the tip of the Iceberg of Bad Taste. What’s more, the founders pointed out that the world would be a very boring place if everything looked tasteful and nice.

#10

Imagine Having To Scrub Or Clean It

Imagine Having To Scrub Or Clean It

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

that doesn't seem comfortable to sit on

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#11

I Almost Fell Down And Rolled My Ankle On This

I Almost Fell Down And Rolled My Ankle On This

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

There are so many wrong things in this picture I can't even

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#12

New Kitchen Style

New Kitchen Style

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Troux
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I hate this, but not as much as I hate how much I like this.

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#13

Why Is There Wood Separating The Hallway In Half

Why Is There Wood Separating The Hallway In Half

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Something was not thought through here. Guess they thought they could ditch the bearing beam.

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#14

Yup, The Fridge Fit Boss

Yup, The Fridge Fit Boss

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Meike H
Community Member
1 month ago

It was this or randomly in the middle of the room I guess

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#15

My Parents Have A Bathroom With Carpet That Goes Up The Bathtub Walls. Bonus Points For The Terrible Wallpaper

My Parents Have A Bathroom With Carpet That Goes Up The Bathtub Walls. Bonus Points For The Terrible Wallpaper

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Mold for the win!

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#16

Who Says Crown Molding Is Overdone?

Who Says Crown Molding Is Overdone?

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like one of those Windows stacking errors.

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#17

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

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Koala Kitty
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this at Hogwarts?

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#18

Middle Class Fridge. Lower Class Aesthetic

Middle Class Fridge. Lower Class Aesthetic

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

A wild fridge appears

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#19

It's Not A Mirror, It's A Doorway

It's Not A Mirror, It's A Doorway

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
1 month ago

It must be fun to try to get through this door while drunk.

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#20

A Shower Designed To Be As Hard To Stand In As Possible

A Shower Designed To Be As Hard To Stand In As Possible

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
1 month ago

Lemme just cling to this rock like a derpmaid while water runs over my body

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#21

This Bathroom Covered In Carpet

This Bathroom Covered In Carpet

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Chris B
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not plain ugly. Somehow it's appealing in a very strange 70s softcore adult movie master bedroom druglord nightmare.

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#22

This Single Square Inch Of Raised Carpet Complete With Lining

This Single Square Inch Of Raised Carpet Complete With Lining

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Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
1 month ago

A tiny stage for Jerry

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#23

I Can Just Imagine The Whole House Shaking Like Crazy

I Can Just Imagine The Whole House Shaking Like Crazy

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, the air refreshner and toilet paper where placed there with a lot of optimism.

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#24

Wash Your Hands You Animals

Wash Your Hands You Animals

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
1 month ago

most creepy thing ever

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#25

Imagine Trying To Piss While Drunk

Imagine Trying To Piss While Drunk

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Carole Reid
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like the bathroom in "Parasite".

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#26

These Stairs Leading To A Bedroom Loft

These Stairs Leading To A Bedroom Loft

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

Designing your own death. That's bold.

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#27

My Friend Just Finished A Kitchen Remodel

My Friend Just Finished A Kitchen Remodel

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Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

they made do with the existing cabinets, so.. it was like this before

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#28

Prayers For The Contractor Who Had To Call These Homeowners And Explain They Needed A Second Set Of Front Doors Because. Math

Prayers For The Contractor Who Had To Call These Homeowners And Explain They Needed A Second Set Of Front Doors Because. Math

F. C. Tucker Company Report

Juan Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

how many time someone tried entering the fake doors

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#29

Today My Mom Hit Her Toe With This And Was Bleeding. I Hate This Kitchen So Much

Today My Mom Hit Her Toe With This And Was Bleeding. I Hate This Kitchen So Much

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Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

soooo.. red duc tape maybe?

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#30

Why Is The Big Face Bleeding, Why The Monkey, Just Why

Why Is The Big Face Bleeding, Why The Monkey, Just Why

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John Augsburger
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not blood it's Diwali, and why the hell not?

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#31

This Shower Has Blinds Instead Of Curtains

This Shower Has Blinds Instead Of Curtains

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Luuta
Community Member
1 month ago

Psycho would have been a completely different movie with these in place.

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#32

This "Form Over Function" Kitchen In My Apartment

This "Form Over Function" Kitchen In My Apartment

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like the "Lowest Bidder" design.

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#33

Social Distancing Looking A Lot Like Being Married For 10+ Years

Social Distancing Looking A Lot Like Being Married For 10+ Years

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In Vino Veritas
Community Member
1 month ago

I kinda like that

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#34

Toilet Room Design

Toilet Room Design

OrisLanius Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

Frilly shark, do do do do, frilly shark!

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#35

8000 Magic Cards Covering 39m²

8000 Magic Cards Covering 39m²

Polkasalsa Report

Dr Nostromo
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok, now that one is cool!

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#36

This Staircase Bathroom

This Staircase Bathroom

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

"Seriously, Doctor, I fell down the stairs while shaving!"

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#37

Why: 1. They Put In A Sliding Door To A Bedroom. 2. They Placed Curtains On The Outside Of It. 3. They Also Placed The Lock On The Outside

Why: 1. They Put In A Sliding Door To A Bedroom. 2. They Placed Curtains On The Outside Of It. 3. They Also Placed The Lock On The Outside

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Susanna Parri
Community Member
1 month ago

For kidnapping and monitoring your kidnappee?

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#38

This Entire Kitchen’s Counters And Backsplash Are Covered With This “Faux Mold” Tile

This Entire Kitchen’s Counters And Backsplash Are Covered With This “Faux Mold” Tile

iheartcatsandcoffee Report

Dr Nostromo
Community Member
1 month ago

Drop some blue cheese on there and you'd never find it again.

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#39

Imagine Being A Firefighter And Entering A Dark Smoke-Filled House From The Outside Through This Window

Imagine Being A Firefighter And Entering A Dark Smoke-Filled House From The Outside Through This Window

thenewyorkgod Report

Isabel Betancourt
Community Member
1 month ago

Somebody call somebody!

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#40

Is It Possible To Change This?

Is It Possible To Change This?

Centella111 Report

John Augsburger
Community Member
1 month ago

Illegal in the uk

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#41

This Throne Room

This Throne Room

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

the tile work like how long did these take

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#42

Neck Pain And A Head Injury Anyone?

Neck Pain And A Head Injury Anyone?

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Sargundeep Singh
Community Member
1 month ago

This is making me mad and giving me amnesia.

Gregory Hewitt
Community Member
1 month ago

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago

White trash wins lottery.

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Why do I need a ladder to get onto the bed?

Maddie Star ⭐
Community Member
1 month ago

why is there a sofa facing the bed?

EA
Community Member
1 month ago

I’d be in constant fear of the giant tv falling off the weird platform and crushing me to death. And you can’t even see it from the sofa!

uber mensch
Community Member
1 month ago

And nausea. Don't forget nausea.

BG
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine sitting on that sofa when someone yanks the power cable which is hanging from the back of that television.

Alex K
Community Member
1 month ago

imagine losing the remote and having to get to that tv to change the channel

Flash Henry
Community Member
1 month ago

that tv is 100% going to kill someone

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
1 month ago

The more I look at this, the tackier it gets.

GC
Community Member
1 month ago

Purple sponge painting? Let me pluck my eyes from my face.

Zoe Hoesley
Community Member
1 month ago

What in holy hell did my eyes just witness

Isabel Betancourt
Community Member
1 month ago

Great for cats, though.

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
1 month ago

They would definitely knock the tv off that ledge.

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Hugh Crawford
Community Member
1 month ago

is... Is the couch for watching...?

Phil Seiden
Community Member
1 month ago

Too much LSD. Or maybe not enough.

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

No amount of money an purchase good taste.

Michael Se
Community Member
1 month ago

The more I look the more I'm baffled.

Toasty
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh, more like eye pain.

Zlaxcat Youtube
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks cool, but I still kinda hate it

Dancing Lanie
Community Member
1 month ago

Kinda?!

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Lisa Simpson
Community Member
1 month ago

The stairs look like an escalator.

-glitch-
Community Member
1 month ago

what if there was an earthquake-

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Take any single element in this room, and they're fine. It's the jarring juxtaposition of too many different styles, colors, patterns and placement that is hard to appreciate. No, this is not eclectic, it's schizophrenic.

Maggie Mae
Community Member
1 month ago

Good Lord!

Toto's Servant
Community Member
1 month ago

When too much is never enough!?!

Annie
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like an artist's rendition of a bad trip!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

Other than the decor, the architecture is a disaster!

CHRISTIE WAGNER
Community Member
1 month ago

The bed is positioned so that the occupant can be entertained watching the person or people on the sofa catch fire from the fireplace directly behind them.

Lesley Robinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Where the heck do those stairs go?

Kathy Pricer
Community Member
1 month ago

There is a little platform up there right below the ceiling to the left of the couch - if you want to be a peeping tom (instead of an in-the-open voyeur on the couch) there's a hidden peep-hole for observing the activity in the bed!

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Amy Jo Buchanan
Community Member
1 month ago

This is hideous!

Elisabeth Chai
Community Member
1 month ago

Crime against humanity, with a view like that

Ross Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

What the actual f**k is a TV doing up THERE!?

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
1 month ago

It's giving me a headache trying to figure it out!

ภัทรกร ชัยฤทธิพงศ์
1 month ago

It's dizzy.

BookCrazyTeen
Community Member
1 month ago

Honestly, nobody hate on me for this, but I kinda like the design itself, the idea of it. Good idea, not executed properly.

BookCrazyTeen
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

(The part padded in purple I may add, just not the fact that it is purple) and the Tv should not be up there, I should say i like the structure of it I guess.

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

No taste was harmed in the making of this disaster.

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 month ago

That TV falling on you would cause more than a head injury...

Rebekah
Community Member
1 month ago

RIP 1997 TV.

BananaAnna
Community Member
1 month ago

No redeeming qualities to this space.

MizAdeleM
Community Member
1 month ago

The monster TV set up on the beam, too.

Iggy
Community Member
1 month ago

It's hideous!

Karen Van Scoyk
Community Member
1 month ago

And where do these stairs go to?

TexasWoman
Community Member
1 month ago

Its the kind of design for a daycare center.

Ildri Gregory
Community Member
1 month ago

i'd like that if it were blue #goblue

May Day
Community Member
1 month ago

Funny and weird

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, it is colorful. . . and look how well the sofa fits!!!

Gacha tomboy
Community Member
1 month ago

Wtf

Pamula Furness
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dear! I quitw like this one.........................,I'll just fetch my coat,

Lu Mxmo
Community Member
1 month ago

My brain: 404 error

sam thecat
Community Member
1 month ago

I’d need binoculars to watch the tv

Rachel Arteiro
Community Member
1 month ago

The TV is just sitting there? That is not a head injure, that is murder.

مها أبو اليزيد
Community Member
1 month ago

It feels like minecraft

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 month ago

Bad taste at its best!

Jennifer Crompton
Community Member
1 month ago

You couldn't pay me enough to sit on that couch under the 500 lb giant TV

GC Rovario-Cole
Community Member
1 month ago

That tv looks incredibly heavy. I'm not sure why the couch is right there, but I would be terrified to sit down.

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine you need to throw up and getting in that room?

Gayle Owens
Community Member
1 month ago

Paint out the purple and change the linen and rugs and it would be fine

youshouldseemeinacrown
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm confused what's happening?

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

I have questions.

TomiSmith
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice view.

Karen Lyon
Community Member
1 month ago

The interior designer here needs a refresher course on the color wheel. Even the little kids I teach have a better sense of what colors go together than this.

Mary Jaye
Community Member
1 month ago

I do like the purple tho.

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this a bedroom? Or what exact reason does it have for existing?

Anna roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

Red and purple? Husband and wife couldn't agree?

June Dominguez
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, I like it except, the spread doesn’t work well!

Aitchilm
Community Member
1 month ago

People with more money than sense. Or taste.

Aitchilm
Community Member
1 month ago

But a nice view out of the window.

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
1 month ago

but WHY?

TexasWoman
Community Member
1 month ago

That’d give me a headache!

Bonny Saxon
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not even sure what to look at.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Very creative..adjust ( change) the purple and could be an interesting layout

Anna Repp
Community Member
1 month ago

I kinda like it...

Susann Campbell
Community Member
1 month ago

My cats and dog would love this place and I would watch them and fall asleep.

egracec
Community Member
1 month ago

It's like every fad from 1990 threw up in here.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
1 month ago

Truly hideous

Mickie Shea
Community Member
1 month ago

true art in the Hinterland . . . Wherever that is.

ME R
Community Member
1 month ago

when I grow-up, i want to be an interior decorator..

C.S. E.
Community Member
1 month ago

Not only is the angle of the tv from the bed would be distorted, but either they owners are completely abstinent or they LOVE the thrill of a sliding bed (look at the bed post)

neonn_pieee
Community Member
1 month ago

That tv is an accident waiting to happen. If you walk into that cord that is down, oof, that tv is coming dowwwwwn.

Uriel Grey
Community Member
1 month ago

At least the view is worth good money that room need good money and a design put into it!

Kerry Marie
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s a miracle that big screen TV (which looks like it’s straight outta 1995) hasn’t fallen down or broken that beam, or whatever you call the thing it’s sitting on. My parent son one once. It was hella heavy.

Kerry Marie
Community Member
1 month ago

*won one once

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Cheryl McDonald
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t pull on the cord

Karen Tune
Community Member
1 month ago

This is fugly.

My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice in a weird way

Mia Wintermantle
Community Member
1 month ago

Sweet

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

Sistine Chapel? == Pah!!

Rannveig Ess
Community Member
1 month ago

This makes me car sick, looking at it.

Gina Babe
Community Member
1 month ago

How did they get that tv up there? They were so heavy

Meghan Henderson
Community Member
1 month ago

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

If heaven looks like this i'm not going.

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
1 month ago

WTF the TV?

Little Wonder
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't even parse this.

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
1 month ago

That TV is TOTALLY safe, go ahead and sit on the sofa.

Bunzilla
Community Member
1 month ago

forget that, it's just hideous

Orionpax75
Community Member
1 month ago

I tell you some humans should have been swallowed!!!

Gaya K
Community Member
1 month ago

I shouldn't laugh, but imagine that gigantic 90's tv falling over whomever's sitting on the sofa (or at least their legs)....

JENAVIVE RIVERA
Community Member
1 month ago

imagine the tv falling down

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the colors, though

Jessica Malone
Community Member
1 month ago

The 📺 🤣🤣😵😵

Benjamin Lensgraf
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that Rush Limbaugh's kid's room?

angie but who cares
Community Member
1 month ago

i feel like this could be fun for like 10 minutes

CORLEONE
Community Member
1 month ago

That TV up there man o man hahaha

unicorn spinach
Community Member
1 month ago

well the tv...how? why?

Ariana Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

TrIpPy

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#43

My Grandma’s Bathroom

My Grandma’s Bathroom

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

I bought a used mobile home with the garden tub carpeted exactly like this. They attached the carpet with a staple gun and 49,000 staples. Took me forever to get them all out and toss the nasty carpet.

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#44

The Bathroom Door Of The New Place My Girlfriend And I Just Moved Into. I Was Sat At The Dining Table When I Took This

The Bathroom Door Of The New Place My Girlfriend And I Just Moved Into. I Was Sat At The Dining Table When I Took This

Humphiee Report

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

That's clearly an exterior door on that bathroom, it even has a deadbolt lock!

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#45

The Queen’s Seat

The Queen’s Seat

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Suz
Community Member
1 month ago

At least flush, before taking a photo...

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#46

Clean Entrance

Clean Entrance

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks practical for farmhouses and the like for a back door, walk in, wash off all the mud, keep moving. It is like next level mud room.

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#47

The Raised Cutout Of This Ceiling Doesn’t Allow The Fan To Suck In Any Air

The Raised Cutout Of This Ceiling Doesn’t Allow The Fan To Suck In Any Air

Rexmatt Report