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

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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