Are the cushions telling you something? Is the wall hanging reminding you to breathe? Did your coffee cup just advise you to stay calm?

You don’t need a collection of the latest interior design magazines to tell you that the wordy home decor trend is in full swing.

Over the past five years graphic patterns of letters and numbers have popped up on everything from pillows to teapots, and cushions to bedspreads.

teapot and cushion

Wherever you go, whether it be the bedroom, cafe, bathroom or the office, you’re at risk of being exposed to a motivational wall print.

Who needs the Dalai Lama when the walls remind you that: “All you need it love”, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, and “Sisters are different flowers from the same garden”?

And you can ditch the relationship counsellor when you’ve got a teatowel collection that states: “You complete me”, “You are the brightest star”, and “If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen”.

But it can all become a tad confusing if your wordy decor is not a match made in heaven.

While one print advises you to “Just breathe”, the other tells you: “Nothing in life is achieved without blood, sweat and tears”. What to do?

Look to your coffee cup for direction?

“Keep calm and carry on”, it says. Rightio, tally-ho chaps.

And if you become distracted pondering how the words from a British government motivational poster printed several months before the start of WWII got onto your mug, then look to the cushion.

“Stay focused,” it says in vintage typeface.

But how can one stay focused when there are so many wooden railroad signs dotted around the loungeroom?

There’s the wooden frame that contains the names of Sydney’s western line train stations: “Harris Park, Westmead-Wentworthville, Toongabbie, Seven Hills, change for Richmond line”. At least it doesn’t come with announcements that your train is running late.

But if you don’t want your home decor reminding you of your daily commute and prefer a holiday vibe, then opt for the vintage signs from New York’s subway or the London Underground. Or even better: the Paris Metro.

Next stop Champs Elysees. Yes please.

wall art

Meanwhile, it’s time to visit the bathroom. On the way, the stairs state: “Reach for the stars”. Outside the kid’s bedroom it has their names spelled out in giant letters. And a print in the toilet reminds us to: “Keep calm and don’t forget to flush”.

For all its sweet, redeeming features, this wordy home decor trend might have said too much and reached its expiry date.

“It is something that was popular five years ago but is overdone now,” says interior designer and judge on The Block, Shaynna Blaze.

reach for the stars

“We can it every time we see someone on The Block do it.”

But for owners of wordy decor unfortunately none of these wall prints, teatowels, cushions, mugs, paper clips, throws or bedspreads come with a delete button.

It’s enough to make you want to flop on to your bed, lie on your back and “Just breathe”.

By Leah McLennan