10 home décor features that outdate your home, according to an interior designer

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To help you identify if you have any old fashioned décor, Zoe Warren, interior designer at PriceYourJob.co.uk, has revealed 10 things that make a house feel outdated. Have any of these dated home décor trends made an appearance in your home? And do you agree with everything on the list? Take a look below and cast your vote.

1. Magnolia walls

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Photo credit: mtreasure - Getty Images

In the 80s and 90s, magnolia paint, (a buttery cream yet neutral hue) named after the vanilla petals of the same name plant, could be found on almost every wall in every home – and matched with almost every piece of furniture. However, "this colour is now seen as very outdated," says Zoe. "Instead paint your walls in Scandi white or cool grey for a neutral yet clean finish".

2. Tile countertops

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Photo credit: Tali Aiona / EyeEm - Getty Images

Tile countertops were very popular in the 70s and 80s. "Not only are they now outdated, but the grout is a breeding ground for dirt and bacteria. If you have tiled countertops, make the switch to natural stone or concrete counters," Zoe suggests.

3. Nautical motifs

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Photo credit: Fabrice LEROUGE - Getty Images

Seashells, anchors and navy/white stripes should all be avoided in your home, says Zoe. Instead, choose a light colour palette and pair with tassel accessories such as throws and cushions.

4. Wicker furniture

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Photo credit: Fajar Rokhmawan Yunandaru - Getty Images

"Wicker furniture tends to reflect a beach theme, like linen sofas. In the home, they can look tacky due to the texture," explains Zoe. "The look suits outdoor settings much better than indoors.'

5. Vertical blinds

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Vertical blinds "lack style and character", claims Zoe, who describes the plastic beaded chains as 'unattractive'. Instead, make the switch to horizontal roman blinds or delicate curtains for an elegant look.

6. Popcorn ceilings

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Popcorn ceilings refer to the "bumpy" texture used to turn a smooth ceiling into a statement feature – but this feature dates the room and can look unappealing.

7. Potpourri

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Photo credit: Rhys Hayward - Getty Images

Potpourri has been around since the 19th century. Often households would fill up several bowls of the scented petals around the house. Now however, with the popularity of reed diffusers and air misters, potpourri is outdated.

8. Heavy drapery

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"Heavy curtains used to be accompanied by valances and matching tiebacks, looking bulky and formal," says Zoe. But recently, these heavy accents have been simplified. Window treatments should enhance the home – hang the curtain rods higher than your natural window edge to give the illusion that your windows are floor to ceiling and your room is airy.

9. Glass block walls

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The glass block wall interior craze was popular in the 80s, offering a level of privacy and allowing a steady light flow, but innovations have rendered them bulky. A simple curtain or glass door is more lightweight whilst delivering the same results.

10. Word art

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"Word art is a trend that has been around for years – you won't be stuck for wood motif options at home décor stores. However, generic plaques reading 'Home' placed around your rooms lacks character and looks tacky," Zoe explains. "Take the time to choose something which fits with your décor and overall aesthetic of the room."

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