#1 Not even the presence of an alluring model can overcome this 1974 jungle-spa thingamajig.
We blame the popular drug of the era, cocaine. It came with a price: color acuity. But ugly lurks directly under our noses. It hides behind dollar signs and caked, smiling celebrities on red carpets upon which strut the many emperors and their new clothes.
Via House Crazy
#2 Are those clouds? Waves? Abstract art? Or just the gross manifestation of ineptitude?
The truth is, someone’s interior design fantasy is someone else’s facepalm. The obsession of the 1970s with harvest gold and avocado green is a first-rate example of how trends can devolve into terror.
#3 Here’s another example, courtesy of the 1950s.
Pink. Enough said.
#4 Shag carpet and wood paneling?
A winning combination in any competition for ugliest interior design!
#5 But what happens when too little color, rather than too much, is the problem?
For instance, this is a dental clinic (scintillating, we know)…
Roland Halbe via Deezen.com
#6 …And this is a bathroom.
In our humble opinion, there ought to be more of a visual difference between the two.
David Lauer Photography via Houzz
#7 On a completely unrelated note: Men, welcome to erectile dysfunction.
David Bromstad, normally an interior designer of the first degree, created this unicorn paradise for an episode of Color Splash: Miami. While no immutable laws of color theory were necessarily broken, the bedroom is a classic case of inappropriate design. No teenager needs a headboard the size of a billboard announcing her virility, and no couple wants to engage in crazy acts of intimacy in a room colored like fruit salad.
#8 We are all for bold and colorful patterns but this room is literally going to give us a seizure.
Via Babi a Fi
#9 Yes, even professionals can whiff every now and again.
With apologies to Jerusalem Pottery, a family-owned business that usually produces dazzling hand-crafted mosaics, this kaleidoscopic floral backsplash could inadvertently hypnotize unsuspecting chefs.
#10 And finally, dear readers, feast your eyes. You can’t buy this sort of ugly.
John F. Long did wonders for the urban renewal of Phoenix, Arizona, but he didn’t know Jack Schitt about cabinetry. For one, the sink faces a bland white subway wall. For another, every cabinet door features 1-6 raised panels. The cream oven and stovetop don’t match the cabinets or the other appliances, either.
#11 Haven’t you always wanted a skirt on your toilet?
We can only imagine how quickly that must’ve gotten dirty. But if you have a special bathroom that’s only reserved for “when the Queen comes to visit” then this could be the perfect addition.
Via Victorian Design
Just remember, only you can stop ugliness. So think smart. Build beautiful. Head to Modernize.com for design inspiration for you next home project.