Social media is full of images of gorgeous house with perfectly positioned furniture and sparkling clean spaces, that serve as great inspiration for our own homes. Redecorating and rejuvenating worn spaces with a new lick of paint or fresh decorations can transform your dull home into a completely new place.
However, keen DIY interior designers should be aware that certain trends could put buyers off when they eventually try to sell their property, according to sofa and carpet specialist, ScS, and Holly Herbet, head of content at webuyanyhouse.co.uk.
While many people like to opt for gold hardware to add a touch of elegance to their property, Holly warned that this effect doesn’t last long.
She said : “Gold hardware can quickly look stained and marked, which is very noticeable. It can also be difficult to match it with other features in your home, especially once the gold colour has faded.”
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Many people also love to add a pop of colour into their homes, whether through paint or soft furnishings.
According to the Express, triangular-painted feature walls, using frog tape to create coloured shapes, has been incredibly popular in the last few years.
The expert advised against this technique as it isn’t always appreciated by buyers, and said: “Over-expressive decorating, like accent corners, scalloped edges, painted arches or frog tape walls, are all very much to individual taste, so it can make it harder to achieve a sale.”
She added: “You’re far better sticking to neutral colours.”
It’s also important that homeowners think practically when designing their home, as according to Holly, while freestanding baths may look great they can come with a lot of practical issues.
She said: “Freestanding baths are far higher maintenance than normal varieties. You may need to make extra room under your floor for additional pipes and plumbing.
“If these pipes leak, they can be incredibly expensive to access and can create bad smells.”
In terms of the space as a whole, while open plan living is becoming more popular, Holly recommended avoiding a kitchen island if the space is small.
She said: “Islands are great in a big home, but space is the main factor for most buyers, so if they make your kitchen look cramped, they can be a big mistake.
“If you do add an island, make sure you don’t add mechanicals, such as a cooker, to it unless you’re absolutely certain, as it then becomes expensive for the next owner to remodel if they want to change things around.”
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Amy Forster, content executive at ScS, said: “Social media can be brilliant for picking up tips and tricks for your home, but it’s interesting to see that many trends actually aren’t very popular with buyers.
“Before you dive into the latest craze, make sure you think about what it could do to your home and its appeal.
“Weigh this up against how much you really want to add it to your space, particularly if you’re planning on moving, then make your decision.”
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