If you're decorating a new house and don't know where to start, you might spend hours browsing Pinterest mood boards. Looking for new ideas and trying to figure out your style and what's considered in this year can be exhausting. But remember one thing—home design trends come and go. While some of them turn out quite nice, others might be expensive and inefficient.

Reddit user u/wazzel2u raised this question in r/AskReddit: “What is a terrible trend found in new home design?”, and more than 5K people replied. Whether it's lack of storage space, hollow interior doors or open concept bathrooms, the comment section under their post is full of some of the worst design solutions that you should leave behind.

Bored Panda collected some of the most messed-up decor tendencies shared in this Reddit thread. If you have some insights on the topic, don't be shy and share them below!

#1

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones The lack of secret bookshelf doors. I mean, who designs their custom home and does not include a bookshelf secret door? People design houses for a reason, and that reason should be secret doors

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dear knife
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6 months ago

yassss!!!!!!!!!!!

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According to design guru Nate Berkus, following the trends too closely is actually one of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make. “I think that people are very easily taken with the latest look, the latest feeling,” he said.

The interior designer explained that we get easily tired by these types of trends: "It’s kind of like that black-and-white concrete tile that everybody had. Three, four years ago, it was the thing to use in your powder room floor and on your kitchen backsplash, but do you really want it anymore now that you’ve seen it over and over and over?” he asked. Berkus would rather choose really classic, beautiful materials that stand the test of time.

So instead of copying the latest decor tendencies, Berkus suggests choosing materials that have been around since the 1920s because they are always a safe choice: "Stone or stone-solid surfacing, concrete, stone, or wood floors, classic ceramic tiles, terra-cotta, butcher block—all of that stuff has been around forever, and there’s new innovation within those looks.“

#2

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Open concept bathrooms.

I don’t need to see you taking a dump from my bed.

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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6 months ago

How is this even?

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Apartment Therapy says that a good rule of thumb would be to go a little more traditional with major furnishings and to add new trends with textiles and other small items. This way, you can modernize your home without changing the expensive cornerstone pieces and easily swap out the little details in the future.

They advise on a few timeless trends that could save you some money if you're planning to redecorate at some point. One of them would be choosing white subway tiles in the kitchen: "White is always a bright, clean backdrop for styling objects and art against." As people say, white never goes out of style, so it is a safe bet since you don't have to limit yourself when looking for other details.

#3

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Removing stair banisters for a crisp look. Like your drunk friend Brooks is going to fall of the side and die one day. There are building codes for reasons

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Samantha Lomb
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6 months ago

Or a kid running will do w header or you in socks on wooden floors. This is totally a death trap

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#4

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Live laugh love.

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Alexis Perold
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6 months ago

OMG I hate those things that say Live Love Laugh. I hate it more when people tattoo those words on their bodies.

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In their opinion, neutral tones are always a better option than going with the color of the year (unless, of course, it's neutral). “Neutral tones are timeless and work in any context,” explains designer Becky Shea. “When you go too bold and loud, in the long term, it’s not sustainable.” The same could be applied to furniture and textiles. Choosing natural materials is stylistically versatile, full of texture and warmth, not to mention that it's sustainable and practical.

#5

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Total lack of solar panels/windmills. I think its criminal that new builds don't have any form of energy generator built in.

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Abhinc
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6 months ago (edited)

i guess it"s also the case in other European countries but i know for sure that in 2015 France passed a law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be covered by either solar panels or green roofs. ... Meanwhile in the US In the United States, about 65% of total electricity generation in 2018 was produced from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum). The electric power sector in the US was he source of about 33% of total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions in 2018. Aaand the US is one of the biggest polluter on earth ...

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#6

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Carpeted bathrooms. I’ve seen way too many of them

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Ganta S
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6 months ago

England for you

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Then there are the small details. “Live laugh love“ type of decorations or ordering everything in marble might seem great at the time but after some time it can become tasteless. And what about removing stair banisters? Well, it definitely achieves the minimalistic look that's been trendy for the past few decades but in real life, it's not only useless but also dangerous.

#7

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Might be an unpopular opinion but i don't need my home to be smart...I just need things to happen when they are supposed to happen and not completely shut off when some douche thought it was a good idea to play who can touch the powerline

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Kira Okah
Community Member
6 months ago

One of the two reasons why there are zero Internet of Things/smart appliances in our home. Second reason is their extreme lack of security.

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#8

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Hollow interior doors that don't keep sound out from within the house and hallways - especially hollow bedroom doors when you're trying to sleep.

Back2Bach , rcrabby Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

That's pretty common because it's cost effective.

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#9

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones The cold and sterile look. White, black (high polish please so you see every single fingerprint)... why?

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago

Nope !! give me colors, give me a little bit of mess, give me a home, give me life !! My house is not a showroom. I live there

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Lastly, the most important thing to remember is that you are creating a home for yourself. Your place should reflect you as a person, it does not have to be perfect or insta-worthy. It's all about coziness and familiarity, not aesthetics.

#10

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones No broom closets. Where the hell do people put their mops and vacuum cleaners? Or do the people who buy those McMansions just not do any of their own cleaning?

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Lav Oravaf
Community Member
6 months ago

I bought a wardrobe for that as in EU is not that common to have broom closets.

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#11

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones I really don’t like the fireplace design where you are intended to put your TV over it. A TV is way too high when over the fireplace.

0rangePolarBear , Alex Qian Report

Lav Oravaf
Community Member
6 months ago

for a good body posture, a TV screen should always be placed so that is straight in front of your head, not higher not lower.

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#12

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones I don't know if it's new new, but it drives me crazy when people replace cabinetry with open shelves.

Don't people understand dust? Bugs ring a bell? Pet hair? Speaking of pets, how do you keep your cats from messing around with that setup?

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Lav Oravaf
Community Member
6 months ago

I have open shelves and I have cats, who cannot care less of books and DVDs , I dust, no problem.

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#13

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Open concept everything. There is value in being able to separate some rooms of the house. I very much prefer to have a kitchen that is not completely exposed to the area where I am going to be entertaining company.

That way, I can cook dinner and not worry about having to clean up everything in the kitchen so its spotless because the kitchen is basically in the main living room of the house.

This and also the trend of having big a** f**king windows in the front so everyone in the street can see your whole ground floor. Makes your first floor into a f**king fishbowl that I would never be comfortable in. I like to be able to walk around my house without worrying the people across the street can track my every move.

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Mohsie Supposie
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6 months ago

What's happening with BP's censorship?

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#14

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones The grotesque housing developments of the same like 4 models and 3 colors with no trees. Not to mention the houses are built like s**t. The terribly inefficient road layout with a million cul de sacs.

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Athena June
Community Member
6 months ago

I live in a small town in Australia, and suburbs like this are being built up in the rural areas. I find the new pop up suburbs, where every house looks identical and the blocks stand alone in the middle of cleared wasteland, much creepier than old houses.

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#15

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Bedrooms that are only juuuuust big enough for a double or queen bed and a nightstand.

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago

sometimes you don't have a choice !! not everybody can live in a huge mansion in the middle of nowhere. come live in a big european city when you're not rich and you'll see that having a bedroom is already a great thing

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#16

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones I may die on this hill alone, but I HATE open concept kitchens. Not the ones with a nice bar separating the space, not the ones with a window. I'm talking wide open, no barrier to determine where the kitchen ends. It's hideous.

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
6 months ago

I hate kitchens that aren't separate, my house is open concept and the normal counter clutter make the living space look messy and the cooking smells permeate the room. It's a pain in the ass.

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#17

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Those dumb fake balconies

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Rosie Jenkins
Community Member
6 months ago

I have one of those - looks pointless but means I can open the doors in summer. I have no outdoor space/garden so it’s better than having just windows.

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#18

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Small laundry rooms, small pantries, no linen closets, but here’s a 20x20 media room to watch TV. My next house will either be laid out by me or made in the 70s/80s when they designed homes to be lived in.

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More Thinking Needed
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6 months ago

It seems to me that watching TV in a linen closet would be very uncomfortable.

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#19

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones No door between the master bedroom and master bathroom. It’s so annoying.

The last 3 houses I’ve lived in have had this issue. I like to be able to close the door when I take a bath or shower.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

I don't like the idea of not having a door because of smelly poops.

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#20

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Lack of storage space. Just bought a new home and didn’t realize how little space there was. We have one storage closet upstairs. That’s it.

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Lav Oravaf
Community Member
6 months ago

in EU it's really not common to have built-in closets. we simply buy furniture for that.

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#21

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones In some newer neighborhoods, the houses all look the exact same.

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Yeah, you heard
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6 months ago

Theyre cheaper to build that way.

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#22

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones I hate the design of homes that have a massive garage in the front; “welcome to my garage, the home is in the back.”

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lenka
Community Member
6 months ago

I prefer this because it means the home and living space faces the back garden which is more private. I absolutely hate houses that have their living rooms at the front where every joe and his dog can peer in the window.

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#23

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Homes built on the cheap with so many corners cut in their construction that they end up being horrible places to live in, plagued by mold, damp, noise and plumbing issues and more.

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Grant Barke
Community Member
6 months ago

Even newly built high rise million dollar apartments in New York aren't immune to this. Enjoy the feeling of swaying in high winds, elevators constantly breaking down and water seeping through the walls from burst pipes.

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#24

Tiny back yards and HOAs

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
6 months ago

HOA's are the worst. If I put out the money for my own house, I don't want to be told what color I can't paint it.

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#25

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Why is everything so damn bland? Why is white and grey the popular colors? Whatever happened to color? Why can't we have living rooms wallpapered with big bright flowers, long suede couches in deep fuchsia? And, mile-high blue carpets that you sink into when you walk? Whatever happened to walnut paneling and colored subway tile in the bathroom? Whatever happened to delicate stenciled flowers on the inside of the bowl of the bathroom sink?

When did we lose our personalities? I just want a house that looks like a manic-depressive toddler version of myself was set lose in a JoAnn's with a limitless credit card.

carmelacorleone , Chang Duong Report

Trillian
Community Member
6 months ago

Because tastes vary and I for one tire easily of certain looks or colors. Way cheaper to keep big things basic and use replaceable things like pictures, curtains, rugs or pillows to introduce color.

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#26

There’s a builder in our area who tears down perfectly good, full-of-character pre-WWII homes and then packs in these grotesque Craftsman-style-hulk-mode houses that take up every available square foot of the lot. They look absolutely ridiculous. The proportions are wrong, they blight the neighborhood. Bleh.

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
6 months ago

That is criminal, IMO. UGH. And against the Craftsman aesthetic to go Hulk-Mode. The originals were about not being mass-produced nightmares!

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#27

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones All white, white carpet, white furniture, white shiplap

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
6 months ago

Remodeled a house last year, everything was painted white, same color inside and out, trim included. Made painting very easy.

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#28

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Floor-to-ceiling, clear glass showers. They look great when they are spotlessly clean, which means it looks terrible most of the time in most homes.

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Iris
Community Member
6 months ago

In a small bathroom, it gives the room a more spacious feeling though.

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#29

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Wasted space. This includes enormous bedrooms with sitting areas, homes with equal number of bed and bathrooms, extravagant foyers that eat half the front of a house, formal living and/dining rooms that never get used. Etc

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

Just more areas to clean. No thank you lol.

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#30

S**tty bathtubs. I grew up in a 100 year old house. It had a nice bathtub with a sloping back so you could comfortably lounge in the bath. Modern tubs are pretty nearly straight up on the back so there's no comfortable way to soak, smoke a joint, and read a book.

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
6 months ago

I lived in San Francisco for most of my life, and nearly every apartment I lived in (once I made enough money to not need roommates) had a beautiful old clawfoot tube...it was my personal requirement. I lived in one place in the Tenderloin that had a first-generation set-in tub that was too long for me, but still nice and deep for bathing.

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#31

Every inch of acreage is used. Houses are really close together, streets are narrow. It’s crowded

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Otter
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6 months ago

That's because land is so much more expensive than it used to be. Yards haven't shrunk to the size of a blanket because people hate yard work!

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#32

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Go to a high end gated community development ($800k - 2M price points in my area) front of the homes is beautiful stone, brick, etc but on the back every house has cheap ugly vinyl siding all the same color as far as the eye can see. I never understood this since you actually spend time in the back yard not the front.

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Gaby Almodovar
Community Member
6 months ago

That's just pathetic.... wanting to look rich, but you aren't

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#33

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Rich people putting marble absolutely everywhere. It looks tacky

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago

do we speak about that monkey lamp ??? i love it !!

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#34

The cookie cutter houses with no personality and no room, where the windows look directly into your neighbor’s bedroom. Ugh!

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william mcgloin
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6 months ago

At least you always have something to watch if the cable is out.

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#35

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones No attention to lighting temperature (kelvins) or even worse, mismatched light temperatures.

Most cheap LED bulbs are way too "cold" looking and lack the natural warmth of old incandescent lighting.

Aim for 2700kelvin or lower for that warm cozy atmosphere.

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Rachknits
Community Member
6 months ago

In the UK we have the choice between warm light bulbs or cool light bulbs

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#36

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones The obsession with space. So many people won't even consider anything under 2,000sqft. People don't even think about what it would cost to heat and cool. They just gotta have a McMansion.

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Anne
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6 months ago

Hi from Europe.. where a 700 sqft home is considered a decent size fam home.. lol

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#37

As an electrician; putting 600 potlights in every room of the house. Sure it makes me money but it looks ridiculous having so many lights every 4 feet of every room.

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M & M
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6 months ago

When you design your house in the sims first ;)

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#38

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Kitchens that they cram into a narrow rectangle. A lot of apartments and town houses come with these. They are so narrow that if you open the fridge door, nobody can walk past you.

A kitchen should be open, not walled in all sides and shaped like a narrow rectangle. It drives me crazy when I see these.

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Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
6 months ago

Apartments and town houses have, in most cases, a very limited amount of space, and you don't really need a huge kitchen. And there's no rule that says a kitchen should be open, some like it and don't don't. I love the fact that I can just close the door in my kitchen and cook in peace or hide the mess. 🙃

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#39

I've seen several homes with appliances integrated into the construction of the kitchen itself. Not just in an alcove but actually built into the wall. Sure, it's convenient that there's a f**king cappuccino machine built into the wall next to the cabinet over the center island countertop. But what happens when (not if, when) it needs maintenance? Do I have to call a goddamn carpenter as well as a cappuccino machine repairman? Do I have to consider if this is a f**king load bearing wall that contains my broken appliance? And something that's just a convenience like that is one thing, but they do it with stuff like fridges too.

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Lynn H
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6 months ago

That would just piss me off. I would have to be able to remove the appliance myself so I could try to fix it. Or it's not happening at all.

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#40

People Share What Modern Home Trends They Find Annoying, And Here Are 40 Of The Worst Ones Fake shutters. They dont even look like they would cover the windows on most houses and they just look like garbage. If you love shutters so much, install real ones.

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Viktor
Community Member
6 months ago

Real shutters are quite expensive (we just shopped around and couldn’t gets quite under 1000 euros for our front window). It’s quite a waste of money if you know that you will probably never actually close them because it takes away so much light.

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