If You Have These Interior Trends In Your Home, You’re ‘Cheugy’ Sorry

At least, according to Gen Z... and there's no way you don't have at least one of them!

Cheugy interior

by Georgia Aspinall |

The word cheugy has been thrown around a lot recently. A synonym for ‘basic’ coined by Generation Z (because basic just wasn’t insulting enough, apparently), it’s been used to describe anything that has ‘girlboss’ energy. From slogan t-shirts to using Ariana Grande lyrics as your Instagram captions, owning or doing something cheugy is fast becoming a millennial minefield.

The most recent area of our lives to be dissected and judged by 20-year-olds on TikTok? Our homes. That’s right, teenagers with miniscule disposable incomes and even smaller chances of ever owning a home (no offence intended, of course, because as millennials… same), are now coming for our safe space of beloved interiors – and the list of cheugy home décor is long.

According to the interiors experts at Tap Warehouse, there are 10 vital signs that your home is cheugy. Their team invaded Gen Z’s own sacred space, TikTok, to find them out – and guys, there’s no way you don’t have at least one of these interior trends in your house.

‘You may be surprised to uncover that seemingly on-trend interiors are in fact cheugy in the eyes of Gen Z,’ Dom-Lees Bell, interior expert at Tap Warehouse, told Grazia. ‘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.’

Alas, Tap Warehouse has a quick fix. As well as telling us exactly what is now considered cheugy, their experts have put together 10 home décor swaps you can make to rid your home of the cheugy vibes once and for all. That is, if you even care that teenagers might think your uncool (we SWEAR we don’t… cries in cheugy).

So, what are the cheugiest interior trends of them all? Here’s the top 10 signs your home is cheugy, and how to fix them…

Grey Paint

‘For decades, grey has been hugely popular and the colour choice for interior paint. Well, what’s not to like about grey? It’s a neutral tone that goes with all most any colour and style. But Gen Z has a different idea. However, grey isn’t totally out of the question. Instead of going for very cool-toned, flat greys that have had their time, try soft warmer greys.

‘Or swap to griege. With everyone spending so much time at home, it appears we’re looking for warmer, cosier type colours. Griege is as the name suggests, grey and beige. It’s the perfect balance of being neutral whilst being on the warmer side.’

Decorations with Phrases

‘Phrase signs such as, “home sweet home”, “live laugh love”, and “gin o’clock” have all been deemed cheugy. However, not all is amiss. If you have these signs in your home and are looking for a swap, why not try art prints? Websites such as Etsy, Desenio, and iamfy have a plethora of fun and interesting wall art. You can easily decorate your walls with the same joyful connotations that phrase signs have but in an updated look.’

Macrame

‘Macrame is a popular décor item that can be found adorning plenty of furnishings, from cushions, walls, plant hangers, and even light shades. However, according to Gen Z this interior item has officially had its moment.

‘We can certainly appreciate the art and hard work of macrame, but if you wanted an alternative, why not opt for other handmade items for that bespoke feel? You could try embroidered items or go for woven tapestry wall hangings.’

Tribal Print

‘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 term of “tribal”. Perhaps the controversy behind this print is why Gen Z are calling the style cheugy.

‘You can still embrace a boho look without the “tribal” print. We are currently loving art styles with block, abstract, prints that have a boho feel.’

Chevron Pattern

‘The chevron consists of zig-zag patterns of two colours. This pattern has proven to be hugely popular with chevron dominating interiors for quite some time - much to Gen Z’s disappointment. With that in mind, the pattern is being hailed as tired, according to TikTokers.

‘But, if you’re not ready to give up the chevron pattern just yet why not try herringbone? The pattern is similar with zigzags, so will certainly add an effortless bold look. But, thanks to its ornate details, it is a lot more timeless.’

Marble Décor

‘Does marble ever go out of style? Many choose marble for its classic design that matches well with most colour schemes. While the use of it is certainly not new, it has gained popularity in recent years. Despite its popularity, the material is being dubbed as basic.

‘If you want to avoid a cheugy home, but still want to keep within the marble style - mix it up with coloured marble. Alternatively, opt for a marble with interesting veins that hasn’t been overdone.’

Pampas Grass

‘Instagram homes are flooded with pampas grass, well, what’s not to love? Its neutral colour will go with any home style, not to mention it’s evergreen – perfect for novice plant lovers. Still, the younger generation are in fact deeming this Instagram staple as cheugy!

‘However, this could be a good thing. Pampas is an invasive plant in some parts of the world, so the growing of it could push out other plants and vegetation. Thankfully, there’s plenty of other alternative decorative grasses that aren’t cheugy or bad for the environment. Try miscanthus, golden oats, or hare’s tail dried grass.’

Geometric Print Walls

‘The 8th most cheugy interior item is geometric print walls. Geometric walls are a popular trend for DIYers as the wall art can be created easily with masking tape and paint. But, the popularity of this wall art has proved to be part of its demise, according to those on TikTok.

‘Still want an accent wall but don’t want to be deemed as cheugy? An inexpensive way to add character and dimension to a room is by creating a wood-panelled wall. Simply use strips of MDF or wood and drill onto the wall in whichever pattern you desire. Use wood filler to cover the drill holes, then paint over and voila!’

Mirrored Furniture

‘Mirrored furniture was a popular furniture staple in the 1980s, the trend has had a revival in the last few years. The trend fits a very glam aesthetic, which may be a bit over the top for the younger generation with them naming the furniture outdated.

‘So, if you want to impress Gen Z and not fall into the trap of being cheugy, use mirrors as decorative pieces rather than furniture.’

Farmhouse Décor

‘The 10th most cheugy interior style is farmhouse décor. This interior style uses rustic wood elements with soft neutral colours and often whitewashed wood. If you have this interior trend in your home and don’t want to feel the wrath of TikTokers, an easy way to update the look is by going for farmhouse styles in honey hues.

‘Alternatively, swap to country chic interior styles. Rather than the distressed look, country chic is a much cleaner and updated farmhouse style. Think crisp white fabric, matched with colourful patterns.

‘Or go for cottagecore, a feminine and whimsical take on farmhouse. To achieve a cottagecore style, go for muted and mellow colours. The style is focused on the great outdoors, so bring in greenery and flowers to your home. Finally, purchase vintage and reclaimed furniture for a cottagecore look.’

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Grazia Interior Awards Winners 2021

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Made of steel and in six bright colours, these candlesticks by super-cool interiors and product designer Jermaine are, says Laura, 'an original statement design. And I love the '80s factor.' Rejina was impressed by their weight and durability. 'And against the wall they make beautiful lines,' she says. £300 each

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Rejina loves the graphic element of these pieces. 'They have such a clean silhouette and the matte finish is unusual too,' she says. For Laura, it's also the combination of 'high street with a contemporary designer element'. Vase £58, tray, from £70.99

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The almost feathery, marbelized look of this paper by the in-demand interior designer is tricky to make which is reflected in the price - but the judges reckon it's worth it for it's chic and beautiful design. 'It feels unique, not just mass manufactured,' says Regina. Laura would use it anywhere in the home. 'Even using just a small amount, on a cupboard panel fir example, would elevate a space,' she says. £84 per linear metre.

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Both judges were impressed by the quality and price. 'The old-style illustration and detailing feels designer so it's good value,' says Rejina. Laura loves that the design is 'elevated by gold, giving it another dimension'. £40 per 10m roll!

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Hand-made in a Somerset studio, Coco & Wolf's bedlinen is made from silky soft Tana Lawn® fabric and using Liberty fabrics - a winner for Laura. 'And you feel like you're getting high-quality, bespoke design,' she says. £322 for a king-sized duvet cover.

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'I love linen, it's cooling for summer and not sweaty in winter, and it adds a rustic touch,' says Regina. 'This bed linen is a great price point too,' says Laura. Duvet cover with pillows, from £79.99 (double).

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By the interior designer known for his standout use of colour and pattern, this rug is hand-made and made-to-order and all the judge liked that it felt small scale. 'You feel like you're getting something bespoke,' says Laura. £1400 (120 x 180cm; bespoke sizes available).

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A good weight, hand-woven and excellent value, Rejina is a fan of its 'abstract art look that reminds me of a painting'.£295 (230cm x 160cm)

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Handmade and a big hit, this carafe and glasses wowed the judges. 'A lot of Murano feels traditional but this is contemporary with beautiful colours,' says Rejina. Carafe, £295, glasses, £295 for two.

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Great shapes and a semi-matte glaze create a modern set of tableware. 'You can use it for serious food because it won't overwhelm what you're serving on it,' says Rejina. Laura likes that 'it looks hand-made but feels robust to use everyday.' From £19 for a mug,

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We're fans of its snugglesome feel and super-comfiness (2500 pocket springs, multiple memory foam layers), and that we can choose from soft, medium and firm and, for partners who sleep differently, a combo of the two in one mattress. But we also love that for every mattress sold, this British company plants a tree, there is zero landfill from old mattresses (everything is re-purposed) and packaging is recyclable. From £899.

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We love the curvy shape that feels so very right for now – snug and comforting, it's a chair we never want to get out of! It's available in many different fabrics and colours and you can even change the legs so it feels almost bespoke. From £1193

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'With fringing and other decorative elements, the Brea adds a real sense of fun to a room. It's also super-cosy to sit in which is another reason it gets our vote.' Also in neutral and a gingham red, £998.

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We love Anthropologie for its personality-packed collections that delight us with the kind of pieces we never see anywhere else, whether it be tableware, a statement cushion or even door handles to style up a kitchen. Their collaborations with both established and up-and-coming designers in brilliant too.

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We've fallen for Matilda's whimsical pieces that are so full of colour and joy and give the everyday a quirky twist. From her scalloped napkins, rainbow cutlery and tartan breakfastware – she's made a toast rack cool! - to shell vases, planters and her just launched pleated brass lampshade, we want it all. Brass lamp, from £175, jug, £75, planter, from £65, napkins, £65 for 4.

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In painted tulipwood and darkened oak, the Ardingly's chic looks blew us away. But it's practical and ultra-versatile too – a pantry, drinks cabinet, or bedroom storage. Available in many colours and finishes. From £1635

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This won our vote for nailing two trends, the fluted look and bamboo, with a glossy frame and an affordable price tag. There are adjustable shelves and it wasn't difficult to put together. Available in neutral and a deep blue, £199.

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There is something about fluffy, fresh white towels that we can't resist and those from The White Company are the ones we want to be enveloped in when we step out of the bath. Made from 700GSM twisted Egyptian-cotton Terry, they are super-soft to touch and give us a little bit of luxury every day. From £4.

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This beautiful light uses sustainably sourced ash moulded by low- energy steam bending. The steam is then condensed to water and reused; wood offcuts are turned into toys and gardening tools for £345.

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It's impossible not to want everything from this carefully curated shop and website whether it be the twisted candlesticks that went viral, scalloped placemats, glassware, mirrors and more.

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It's a fave for its paint, tiles, wallpaper, flooring, tools and expert help. Not only DIY, we rate its home- office range, stylish but affordable kitchens and lighting, too.

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We love its wide range of homeware that's always on trend - perfect for decor pick-me-up update. And we can't not mention the garden chairs which will elevate any garden but are affordable too.

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