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  • Writer's pictureKelly Edwards

Five Dated Trends - What to Avoid When Preparing a Home to Sell

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

Designing a new home can be an exciting and daunting experience. It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the decisions that need to be made, from choosing the right color scheme to selecting the perfect furniture pieces. That's where a professional designer comes in.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a professional designer for your new home redesign:

  1. Saves Time and Money

A professional designer can help you avoid costly mistakes and ensure that your project stays within budget. They have the expertise to source the best materials and products for your home and can manage the entire design process from start to finish. This saves you time and allows you to focus on other important aspects of your life.

  1. Creates a Cohesive Design

A professional designer can create a cohesive design that reflects your personal style and meets your specific needs. They can help you choose a color scheme that complements your home's architecture and create a layout that maximizes space and functionality. They can also help you select furniture and decor that enhances the overall aesthetic of your home.

  1. Provides Access to Industry Resources

Designers have access to a wide range of industry resources, from high-end furniture manufacturers to specialty fabricators. They also have relationships with local vendors, contractors, and other professionals who can help bring your vision to life. This access allows them to source unique and custom-made products that are not readily available to the general public.

  1. Offers a Fresh Perspective

Designers can offer a fresh perspective on your home's design. They can see potential in spaces that you may have overlooked and come up with creative solutions to design challenges. They can also provide objective feedback on design decisions, helping you make the best choices for your home.

  1. Increases Home Value

A professionally designed home not only looks great, but it can also increase your home's value. When it comes time to sell your home, a well-designed interior can be a major selling point. Buyers are willing to pay more for a home that is move-in ready and has a well-designed interior.

In conclusion, hiring a professional designer for your new home redesign is a wise investment. They can save you time and money, create a cohesive design, provide access to industry resources, offer a fresh perspective, and increase your home's value. So why not let a professional designer take the reins and turn your new home into a beautiful and functional space?As professionals in the design and staging world, it is part of our job description to stay on top of the current trends in home decor, design, color, and architecture. We spend countless hours studying design magazines, visiting furniture showrooms, and making our annual pilgrimage to Market where the newest looks are showcased. All of this is done so we can present our work in the latest and most attractive light possible. We are, after all, selling a lifestyle and no one wants to envision their new chapter in a home that looks dated.

Some home design trends fade quickly while others can last decades. Some come and go and come back again (wallpaper, anyone?) even though we question it with each passing. It is important to remember however, that not all trends work for every client and as much as we would like to hang-on to updates we've made, very often it's better to bid farewell to looks that are common-place and tired. Here are a few that already read the dreaded word "dated":

  1. Farmhouse and every variation thereof - Modern Farmhouse, Industrial Farmhouse, Traditional Farmhouse, Rustic Farmhouse, etcetera, etcetera.

  2. 1970's patterned tile - this is one of those trends that comes around every thirty years or so, effectively skipping a generation. Your kids will tell horror stories about this look to their kids, but they'll need to see it for themselves to believe it.

  3. Open shelving - in a kitchen, this is just a bad idea for several reasons. In addition to being huge dust collectors, keeping the shelves pristinely styled without added clutter is challenging. Most importantly though, the shelves (and items on them) take away from the focal point of the room which generally is either the island or the stove/hood. These features add actual value to the home and are not something you want potential sellers to overlook.

  4. Gray flooring, walls, carpet, or tile - Although there are bound to be some holdouts, America's obsession with the color Gray has faded. No pun intended. When we all decided to go gray on gray on gray, we sealed the fate of this colorless movement and etched the look into its place in history. This doesn't mean gray is a complete faux pas though. Gray is still acceptable, albeit in smaller doses, as an accent color in furniture, art, and area rugs.

  5. Barn Doors - these can fall in any of the categories laid out in number 1 and should be treated accordingly.

We love trends as much as anyone, but we know that when you're preparing a home to sell it is important to add value by eliminating as many dated fixtures as possible. For this reason, we offer pre-listing consultations to advise the agent and homeowner on what updates should be made to get the biggest return. Give us a call to schedule yours today!

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