Home design trends change quickly. If a home has too many trendy design features, the owners may have trouble selling it once those design features go out of style. The best rule of thumb for design is that classic functionality never goes out of style. Everything else does though. Here are some of the recently trendy design elements and features in new homes that are quickly going out of style. Buyers are going to be turned off by these elements so sellers with homes that have these elements would be smart to update their homes and get rid of these elements before listing the homes.

The Kitchen Desk

edmonton real estateOnce upon a time, no functional modern kitchen was complete without a little desk built into a corner of the kitchen. These desks had a space for a laptop computer, usually made from the same countertop material that was used in the rest of the kitchen. There was a place for a computer tower and monitor, and some shelves up above. The theory was that one of the parents could use that space to catch up on social media or grab recipes for meals while keeping cookbooks on the shelves nearby. Or that kids could do their homework in the kitchen while a parent made dinner. But often that never happened and the kitchen desk just became wasted space. Now buyers want as much storage and workspace in a kitchen as possible and an outdated desk area that no one will use isn’t something they want in the kitchen.

Dated Paint Colors

Remember when burgundy and hunter green were the most popular colors for living rooms, kitchens and dens? Every ten years or so the trendy colors change but no home buyer wants to have to repaint the entire house before moving in. Dated colored paint on the walls is a huge turn off. Homes that buyers want should have new paint in neutral colors. White is always a safe color to choose. So are tan, light gray, and other neutrals. Bright colors and trendy colors should always be updated before the house is listed for sale. Avoid painting bright colors in the kitchen too.

Wall To Wall Carpeting

Wall to wall carpeting is a huge turn off for buyers. Modern home buyers find wall to wall carpet gross and hard to maintain. Carpet also looks bad as it gets old. Parents don’t want carpet that will show stains and marks from kids playing on it and pet owners don’t want to have lots of carpet that will need regular cleaning. Homebuyers today want hardwood or laminate floors that are easy to clean and easy to maintain but always look good. 

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Listing information last updated on June 5th, 2023 at 8:31am CDT.