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Guide for sellers: Home decorating trends to avoid

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Preparing your home for the market is one of the most important steps of the selling process. This includes making the necessary repairs, cleaning, decluttering, and of course, decorating it to appeal to potential buyers.

Interior design trends come and go. While there are some home decorating trends that are timeless, there are also others that should be avoided. Here are the ones that may turn of potential buyers:

  1. Wallpaper
  2. When it comes to wallpaper, people either love it or hate it. But if you’re in the process of selling a home, the goal is to appeal to as many buyers as possible. While wallpaper is an interior design trend that keeps coming back, it’s best to steer clear of it for now. Consider removing any wallpaper in the home and paint the walls with a neutral color instead.

  3. Paint colors that are too bright or bold
  4. Many home design trends nowadays encourage homeowners to express their style through bright or bold paint colors. Decorating with jewel tones or a vibrant color palette definitely makes a statement. But once the home is to be placed on the market, it’s a different story.

    Since potential buyers might not have the same decoration style and preferences as you, using colors that appeal to a wider range of buyers is the ideal way to go. For interiors, a neutral color palette never fails. Light gray, taupe, and white with cooler undertones are great picks. As for the exteriors, use a color that goes with the rest of your surroundings. Grey, greige (a combination of gray and beige), and darker shades of blue often work best.

  5. Accent walls
  6. Although it can be tempting to personalize your home according to your style and tastes, always remember that buyers want to be able to visualize themselves living in the home. Accent walls and walls that stand out give buyers a difficult time to do just that.

    That’s why a neutral look is essential. They give buyers a blank canvas to work with and the opportunity to imagine their own personal touch on the space. If you really want to add more color to your home, consider subtle color schemes instead of bright, bold ones.

  7. Tile countertops
  8. Tile countertops are classic interior design features. They have been around since the late 1800s, and now comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. It’s also relatively affordable compared to other countertop materials. However, most buyers today favor granite, marble, or wood instead of tile.

    Tile countertops also require more cleaning and maintenance. The grout, which fills the spaces between the tiles, must always be kept clean and dry to avoid bacteria and mildew buildup.

  9. Wall-to-wall carpets
  10. While many would say that carpets never go out of style, the majority of homebuyers still prefer hardwood floors. It’s easy to understand why wall-to-wall carpets are a popular choice: they create a seamless look, they make the room appear cozier, and they’re cheaper than hardwood floors.

    Carpets, however, are a hit or miss. They can play a major role in a buyer’s decision to pursue the home. Some buyers prefer not to go through the hassle of having existing carpet cleaned or removed.

    If you can’t avoid carpeting, go for an inexpensive update with a neutral design.

  11. Edison bulbs
  12. Antique lighting continues to gain popularity due to its unique look, affordability, and warmer color temperature. Edison bulbs, in particular, are a popular choice for rooms with a contemporary design. While Edison bulbs are stylish and do add a rustic, industrial feel to your home, it’s best to go for light fixtures that are more neutral.

    Since lighting can make all the difference when selling your home, choose fixtures that complement the function of each room. The kitchen, for example, needs a mix of ambient and task lighting. Consider lighting tricks in smaller rooms or those that don’t get enough natural light, such as adding mirrors or metallic accents.

  13. All-white color scheme
  14. White is one of the most popular and go-to colors when it comes to interior design. And for good reason. Aside from its timeless and minimal look, white goes well with any other color, is easy to maintain, and can be relaxing. Since white reflects light, it makes the space look bigger as well.

    However, too much white can end up making your home feel cold or clinical, especially if you pick the wrong shade. Enhance your all-white color scheme by using wood, brass, or other natural accents. These elements can make the space warmer and more inviting.

For more home staging tips for sellers, get in touch with our team of experts at RE/MAX Direct! We have all the tools and tips to help you sell your home fast and for more. Reach out to us today at 610.430.8100 or send us an email at remaxdirectwc(at)gmail(dotted)com.