These interiors items are now officially ‘cheugy’

You might want to remove that ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ poster (Picture: Getty)

The concept of being ‘cheugy’ is the biggest insult to millennials since skinny jeans were declared uncool.

In case you didn’t know, being cheugy is essentially being branded basic, but the things that qualify were once trendy in the 2000s and 2010s.

Gen Z is behind the rise in popularity of this word, and now they’re applying it to all things interior.

Apparently, there are certain ‘tells’ for how cheugy someone is.

Tap Warehouse share the top 10 items to rethink in your interiors, along with how to update them to feel fresher and in keeping with the times.



Interiors choices that are now cheugy:

  • Grey paint
  • Decorations with phrases
  • Macramé
  • Tribal print
  • Chevron
  • Marble décor
  • Pampas grass
  • Geometric print wall
  • Mirrored furniture
  • Farmhouse décor

Dom-Lees Bell, interior expert at Tap Warehouse says: ‘Seemingly on-trend interiors are in fact cheugy in the eyes of Gen Z.

‘However, ultimately Gen Z style is about not trying too hard and having fun with your decor. Less about having a faultless Instagram ready home.

‘And, the most important aspect of all: decorating with your own sense of style.’

Perhaps that’s why these overdone trends feel outdated now.

Swap grey for griege

Grey is a neutral tone that’s been filling homes for years, but it can look office-like and devoid of feeling.

That’s why Gen Z are over it, favouring netural tones that have more warmth.

You don’t have to ditch grey entirely, but you could switch it up to a softer warmer greige shade instead.

As the name suggests, the colour is a combination of grey and beige.

Ditch the grey (Picture: Getty Images)

Remove slogans

If you haven’t already outgrown your ‘Live Laugh Love’ slogan, it’s sadly time to say goodbye.

Any slogans like that and ‘Gin O’Clock’ have had their day.

Instead trends are now favouring art prints and gallery walls, so you can still add elements of design into the home.

Ditch macramé for embroidery

The popular item can be found as a wall hanging and on furnishings, but according to Gen Z it’s now tired-looking and a sign that you’re not up to date with trends.

For an alternative, try something handmade that has a bespoke quality.

Look for embroidered items or woven tapestry wall hangings.

Get abstract prints

Tribal is out – it’s a problematic term, as this generic pattern uses influences from different tribes across the world, which can’t be all grouped together.

Gen Z are increasingly aware and educated on these things, calling them to attention more harshly than previous generations have sometimes done.

Instead go for prints of artwork that have block, abstract and distinct prints – you still get something bold this way.

Macramé is out (Picture: Getty Images)

Try herringbone

Chevron was once everywhere, but now it’s just a little flat.

Swap this out for herringbone if you’re not ready to give up on zig-zag patterns, the difference is it’s subtler and feels newer.

Inject colour

Marble is no longer cool – it’s become so popular that everyone seems to have it in their home.

If you still love marble but want to update your interiors, go for a stone with unique veins or colours shooting through it.

This way it doesn’t look like the classic kind everyone has on their dressing table.

Forget pampas

While every YouTuber might be using this in their filming set up, the neutral plant isn’t getting love from Gen Z.

Pampas is an invasive plant in some parts of the world, so the growing of it could push out other plants and vegetation, and there are options that suit the environment better – rather than our obsession fuelling more pampas growing.

Try miscanthus, golden oats, or tail dried grass.

Keep it natural with wood panelling

Geometric walls have been a popular trend for DIYers because the wall art can be made easily with masking tape and paint.

To update this, create a wood panelled wall but using strips of MDF or wood and drill them onto the wall in whichever pattern you choose.

Use wood filler to cover the drill holes, then paint over the top.

It’s time to say farewell to pampas (Picture: Getty Images)

Keep mirrors functional

Mirrored furniture shows your age. While popular in the 80s, the trend had a revival in recent times.

Instead, stick to using mirrors as functional things, placed decoratively if you choose – just don’t make everything reflective.

The once glam trend is now perhaps a bit too glam for Gen Z.

Embrace cottagecore

Farmhouse décor uses rustic wood elements with soft neutral colours and often whitewashed wood.

An easy way to update the style is by going for honey hues.  

Other styles you could embrace are country chic, which, rather than a distressed look, is cleaner – think crisp white fabric, matched with colourful patterns.

Otherwise there’s the much talked about cottagecore style, which is a feminine and whimsical take on farmhouse.

It needs muted and mellow colours, plus greenery and flowers brought into the home, given how influenced it is by nature.

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