7 Home Features That Have Fallen Out of Style

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As the world evolves and the family’s needs change, so do our living standards and preferences. Look no further than what’s being put in new homes – or rather, what’s being left out! The changes in lifestyle, technology, and architecture have brought about the phasing out of some formerly common home features. In this article, we will explore some of these features that are no longer found in new builds.

Formal Living and Dining Rooms

Formal living and dining rooms were once a staple in every home. These spaces were reserved for special occasions, and they were designed to be grand and elegant. However, modern homeowners now prefer more practical and functional living spaces – kitchens with islands and counterspace for food prep and hosting, for example. With open-plan living areas and fewer walls, it is easier to entertain and spend time with loved ones.

Phone Niche

Before mobile phones became ubiquitous, homes had phone niches or alcoves where landline phones were placed. These niches were often found in the kitchen or living room, and they were designed to keep the phone out of the way while still being easily accessible. With landlines quickly becoming a thing of the past, phone nooks have gone by the wayside, and owners of older homes have taken to using the space as decoration only.


Wallpaper was once a popular choice for home decor. It came in a variety of colors and patterns, and it was an easy way to add personality and texture to a room. However, the popularity of wallpaper declined in the 90s and early 2000s as homeowners preferred painted walls. Nowadays, wallpaper is making a comeback, but it is still not as common as it once was and unlikely to be part of a new build.

Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings were cheap and easy to install, and they took off in popularity because of that. Boy has that changed. Tastes changed, and they’re now considered outdated and unsightly as people prefer smooth ceilings. In addition, popcorn ceilings can contain asbestos, which is a health hazard and no longer found in new builds.

Sunken Living Rooms

Sunken living rooms were once considered a luxurious feature in a home. They were designed to create a sense of separation between the living area and the rest of the house. However, sunken living rooms can be a safety hazard, especially for young children and the elderly. As designs favor functionality, they’re almost never found in newer homes.

Formal Entryways

Formal entryways were once a common feature in homes, where a separate room was designated for guests to enter and remove their shoes and coats before entering the rest of the house. However, modern homes now tend to have a more open floor plan, with the entryway leading directly into the living room or foyer. 

Double-Bowl Sinks

Double-bowl sinks were once a common feature in kitchens. They were designed to make it easier to wash dishes and prepare food. However, single-bowl sinks are now more popular because they are easier to clean and can accommodate larger pots and pans and the old school method of washing and rinsing dishes in two basins has largely been discontinued.

As time passes, some home features that were once popular and common are now considered outdated or impractical. New home designs and modern preferences have phased these out the in favor of new layouts and features that cater to ever-changing needs for the home. And if you miss any of these discontinued features? Just wait. In time what is old may one day be new again.

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