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With the tagline “Five Star Experience” Four Corners is committed to excellence in San Benito County real estate, and beyond to the four corners o...

Oct 7 6 minutes read

There's a major difference between decorating for yourself and  readying your home to sell. If you're staying put for awhile and pining for a purple bathroom with yellow fixtures, go for it!  I will be yours to enjoy  

But if you might want to sell in the next couple of years then you'll need to consider more what the general public might want.  Your choices may be on point now but will they make future home buyers scream in delight ... or  in horror?

Absolutely, it's hard to rein in and ”vanilla” your personal style, but It is essential.  So, before Pinterest gets the best of you, here are some "hot" home decor trends to avoid if you hope to sell anytime soon.

1, Wallpaper

Bold, almost kitschy wallpaper is a big trend lately, especially in small bathroom spaces. From tropicals, animal prints, cacti, geometrics to just about every other kind of pattern in bright colors and metallics - it’s just wrong. 

"It’s better to not overdo it with bold, bright patterns, even though these may be in style for now, particularly for wallpaper," says Jamie Williams, founder of Studio JW in Brooklyn, NY. "When selling, you want to highlight your home’s positives, and inspire potential home buyers to use their imagination to envision themselves in your home."

2. Intricate tile

Bold-patterned cement tiles are popping up everywhere from Instagrammable restaurants to hip backsplashes to bathroom floors. This is exactly why you should avoid them.

"The pattern may be on-trend, but will become outdated soon and turn buyers off," says Williams.

Strong patterns will also catch a buyer's eye in the online listing photos of your home, and not in a good way, explains Dawn D. Totty, an interior designer in Chattanooga, TN.

You want buyers to see potential in your space, not be distracted by divisive tile choices. Totty recommends keeping the patterns to a minimum in your listing photos even in nonpermanent items like duvets and furniture for just this reason.

"Bold prints and patterns on walls, bedding, and rugs will stand out in a big way in your online photos as well as during a home tour," she says. You want people to remember your great house, not your bright bedspread.

Too much purple or yellow

Yes, purple is the color of the year and "Gen Z Yellow" is trendy, but use these colors with caution.

"Purple walls will only appeal to a small niche of people," says Totty. Color is key for resale value, she explains, and that color should be a neutral paint in eggshell finish.

If you absolutely can't live without bold bright colors, purple or otherwise, "a few colorful pillows are perfectly fine," says Totty. And luckily, the pillows come with you, so you can take your colorful palette with you to your next home.

Too much cold white

Wait, you may be thinking we were supposed to go neutral, and now we're supposed to avoid white? What gives?

"If your home’s architecture and interior is ultramodern, you want to make sure it doesn’t come off as too cold or uninviting," explains Williams. "The sleek, European, monochromatic palette is fashionable, but can lack conveying a warmth and coziness that a home buyer wants to feel when looking for their next home."

That doesn't have to mean repainting, if you're already all-in on the all-white trend. Williams recommends adding warm tones and texture with accessories, pillows, throws, and other accent pieces.

Overdoing it on the brass and copper

Copper, brass, rose gold, and other warm metals are having a moment. But like all moments, they will pass and these metals will cease to be appealing. Choosing premium bathroom or kitchen fixtures in these trendy, bright metals? Probably not a great idea. Brass especially can be a love-it-or-hate-it look, and hating it is the last reaction you want a buyer to have to anything in your home.

Instead, choose more neutral metals like stainless steel, chrome, or nickel for fixtures, and get your brass on in your accent pieces, lamps, or kitchen accessories.

Anything but stainless-steel appliances

Yes, stainless-steel appliances have been the go-to for years, and yes, someone is always trying to argue that stainless steel is on its way out, but 72% of people who remodeled their kitchens in 2017 went with stainless steel. Unless your kitchen has a design element that demands a different color (or you're springing for a Smeg), stainless steel is the "neutral" of kitchen appliances.

A statement door that makes too much of a statement

A clean, fresh, colorful front door upgrades your home's curb appeal and gives a welcoming and happy first impression. But make sure you pick the right color. For years, statement doors have been trending in fun colors: teals, yellows, bright blues, oranges, and greens. According to Totty, though, buyer favorites are black and red.

It's hard to want to shell out your hard-earned cash for renovations that aren't to your taste and you're not going to enjoy, but comfort yourself with the fact that your restraint will pay off when it's time to find a buyer. And once you move into your next home where you plan to stay put, feel free to paint over all those neutral walls with any color you want!


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