Living Room Design Fails So Bad, They’ll Scare the Living Daylights Out of You



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HGTV and numerous other design outlets have inspired many of us to curate decorated-to-perfection dwellings—particularly in the living room, where we tend to gather with friends and family. But the cold, hard truth is that not everyone has a knack for decorating, and that’s putting it nicely.

Need proof? Check out some of these living room design fails that are so bad, it’s unclear whether you should laugh or cry. On the bright side, there are some lessons to be learned on what not to do when decking out your living room, lest you want to scare away guests.

Carpet with caution

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This would be an amazing very fancy cat house if it wasn’t an actual real life house for tacky people.

A post shared by @ pleasehatethesethings on Feb 11, 2019 at 5:49pm PST

As they say, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing, but carpeting isn’t one of those things. This is too much on too many levels.

“Omg! I thought it WAS a fancy cat house,” wrote commenter reneestengelphotography.

Not everything needs to match—especially in plaid

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Showing Feedback: “Wow! Just Wow! Someone really, really, REALLY loves plaid! This home definitely ‘channels the flannel.’ We literally couldn’t see any of the furniture until we accidentally walked into it. That is some serious next level camouflage.” #ShowingFeedback #DesignFails #interiordesign #interiordesignfails #plaid #ChannelTheFlannel

A post shared by David Olson (@davidolsonrealestate) on Jan 11, 2019 at 7:01am PST

So, we think this is a living room, but we can’t be sure, because the plaid is camouflaging everything. This much plaid would drive anyone mad.

Laundry and living rooms aren’t a good match

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Time to watch my soaps!

A post shared by @ pleasehatethesethings on Jan 31, 2019 at 5:38pm PST

We’re all for being practical, but this is practically the most insane place to put a washer and dryer we’ve ever seen. Don’t forget to notice the carpeted platform upon which they’re perched, or the big-screen TV mounted above it.

Commenter margaretvele said, “I guess they don’t want to forget about laundry while watching tv!” So there’s that.

Use color with care

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It’s like all the misfit crayons got together and created a safe house. Neon Carrot, Laser Lemon, Purple Pizzaz….

A post shared by @ pleasehatethesethings on Oct 23, 2018 at 4:56pm PDT

If you’re not one for a monotonous, monochromatic look, color can be a great way to pep things up. Just don’t pep things up so much that people feel like they need Pepto-Bismol upon entering. Of course, there’s also the placement of that sofa so close to the door.

Sugarskitschen quipped, “Even the owners know you shouldn’t enter and are trying to help prevent you.”

Not everyone adores Disney as much as you do


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Omg look at this wonderful living room you can relax and enjoy a nice DISNEY movie (Mickey mouse 🐭) and that Mickey light is amazing #disneylivingroom#disneyworld #disneymickey #disneyphotography #disneyeverything #ilovedisney

A post shared by Disney Touch (@ultimatedisneymaster) on Feb 13, 2019 at 8:07am PST


We get it, you love Disney. Who doesn’t? But this living room is over the top even for Mickey himself.

Have fun, but…


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As your Realtor, I promise 🤞 to tell you to remove crazy things BEFORE we list your home 🏡 for sale. You don't 🙈 want to end up like these sellers. . . . . . Source: Terrible Real Estate Photos

A post shared by Michelle Naumovski • Realtor (@agentnaumovski) on Nov 26, 2017 at 3:41pm PST


Hanging out in your living room should be fun, just not this fun perhaps.

There is such a thing as too much taxidermy

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“Think we could ask them to rearrange us so I’m nearer the window?” #realestate #realty #badrealtyphotos #lol #omg #wtf #interiors #interiordesign #estateagents #location #granddesigns #funny #realestatefail #realtyfail #realtorfail

A post shared by Terrible Real Estate Photos (@theterriblerealestatephotos) on Jun 27, 2018 at 2:25am PDT

Hold your horses, um, deer, before you start hanging a whole herd’s worth of animal heads. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: More is not always better.

Watch it with the bright colors

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#terriblerealestateagentphotos

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Is this a room where clowns convene? If not, we think the red leather (pleather?) furniture and sunshine yellow walls are a bit much.

Doll collections don’t belong here

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You are killing this styling game.

A post shared by @ pleasehatethesethings on Aug 1, 2018 at 5:01pm PDT

A beloved collection can add personality to a room, or turn it into a creepy nightmare.

Adelta_dawn commented: “Movie night! They’re getting ready to watch ‘Annabelle!’”

Go light on dark furnishings

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In 1983 the New York Mafia’s most important soft furnishings held a summit meeting to discuss control of their empire. #realestate #realty #badrealtyphotos #lol #omg #wtf #interiors #interiordesign #estateagents #location #granddesigns #funny #mafia

A post shared by Terrible Real Estate Photos (@theterriblerealestatephotos) on Feb 1, 2018 at 6:05am PST

While there’s room for asymmetrical and symmetrical balance in good design, this room is just off-balance any way you look at it. Well, unless you’re Darth Vader.

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