Is your house decor ‘cheugy’? Ten items branded ‘opposite of trendy’ by Generation Z


It’s hard to keep up with the changing interior design fashions of the day – but if you thought grey walls, decorations of phrases and marble counters were in, then you have a ‘cheugy’ set-up, according to Gen Z youngsters.

The term means ‘basic’ and ‘opposite of trendy’ and has previously been used to criticise millennial fashion, however, now interior styles of that age group are under scrutiny.

Research from British Tap Warehouse discovered the ten interior items that are ‘cheugy’ – including geometric print walls and mirrored furniture.

Dom-Lees Bell, interior expert at Tap Warehouse said: ‘You may be surprised to discover that 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.’

Here, the interior design expert reveals the ten items branded the ‘opposite of trendy’ by today’s young adults – and the styles you could swap them out for…

Here, the interior design expert reveals the ten items (pictured) branded the 'opposite of trendy' by today's young adults - and the styles you could swap them out for...

Here, the interior design expert reveals the ten items (pictured) branded the ‘opposite of trendy’ by today’s young adults – and the styles you could swap them out for…

Swap grey for greige

For decades, grey has been hugely popular and the colour choice for interior paint – however young adults have a different view on the go-to neutral tone, with users on TikTok dubbing the colour ‘cheugy’.

Ditch the phrase signs

Phrase signs such as ‘home sweet home’, ‘live laugh love’ and ‘gin o’clock’ have all been deemed cliche by young social media users, according to the research.

Instead, house-proud Britons who want to show their guests how fashionable they are when it comes to interior design should fill their walls with art prints.

However, grey isn’t totally out of the question, said the expert, as long as you avoid very cool-toned shades and opt for warmer hues instead. 

Or, to prove you’re completely on-trend, embrace greige which is simply beige with the addition of grey.  

Adding grey to beige creates a richer shade, one that can work in both cool and warm colour schemes.

Upgrade macrame to embroidery

Macrame is a popular decor item that can be found adorning plenty of furnishings, from cushions, walls, plant hangers, and even light shades. 

It is a form of textile produced using knotting techniques, and was once a regular feature on Instagram-worthy interior design photographs. 

However, according to Generation Z, this interior item has officially had its moment.

Mr Lees-Bell said rather than sticking to the out-dated macrame, opt for handmade embroidered pieces or go for woven tapestry wall hangings.

Change up tribal prints for abstract art

Mr Lees-Bell said: ‘Tribal often means various patterns from different tribes across the world, which can be problematic as indigenous tribes can’t simply be grouped together under one umbrella…



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