Every year, we see shift in decorating trends. While we find ourselves discussing these new interior design trends regularly, it’s easy to forget which old ones it’s time to retire. For homeowners, changing a room can be a substantial boon if they’re thinking of selling their home in the near future. The visual appeal of rooms can greatly boost buyers’ interest. Even small changes in fixtures and finishes may greatly change the home’s appeal.
If you’re thinking of making changes this year, here’s what’s not recommended for 2017:
All White and Grey Rooms
While the idea of living in completely monochrome rooms makes for great Instagram photos, interior design trends are moving away from the austere neutral palette this year. With an increase in the use of color and wallpaper, rooms will now be embracing texture and warm tones as a means of adding character. In the right house, all white can be very elegant, but the asylum cleanliness of it in every room can make for an unmemorable home visit.
Don’t let this fool you into disliking white as a color if you’re selling your home. Neutrals represent an opportunity for a home buyer to envision their own décor in the houses they’re looking at. White and gray can feel very clean, and are safe fall backs for touching up areas. If you feel the need to paint the walls, consider taupe or warm cream to keep the interior subdued.
Confined to One Style
Having a strong style or theme to a room has always walked a fine line. An entirely mid-century furnished home is interesting, but more as a time capsule than a house trend. Same can be said for the all-black lacquer living room set that was a great fit for your post-modern entertaining space, but limits your ability to change anything. Instead, mixing and matching colors, patterns, and shapes in eclectic combinations is taking the reins in 2017 interior design.
Getting on board with the eclectic room trend is a comfortable switch with the right color palette. You needn’t completely abandon what you like about your décor. Embracing a variety of finishes and shapes in all the colors you’ve loved up to now, consider moving some vintage and new items between rooms until you have a fun mixture of your interests and possessions.
Misplaced Shiplap Going Out to Sea
It’s been on every home improvement show over the last four years in some capacity. It’s been shoehorned onto accent walls, garages, and many a kitchen backsplash. In 2017, we will see shiplap at last let go of its grip on home renovation. Shiplap has been a interior design trend darling, bringing a little touch of shabby-chic to many a space. Especially popular on shows like Flip or Flop, and Fixer Upper, this method of creating wood siding on walls has overtaken homes that might not necessarily need it. While very welcome in older cottages, farmhouses, and craftsman style homes where it would be normal to see, it’s a little less comfortable in some more modern homes.
If you’re doing some home renovation this year, consider skipping this home trend. It’s very difficult to remove once it’s been put in, and should meld with the style of home that it’s installed in. If your home already has it installed and the construction is old, ask a contractor to make sure it’s not part of the structure’s stability before tearing it out.
Back Away from the Chevron
As a print, chevron has had a good run among interior design trends. One of the first patterns to really bring modern and minimalist design to the everyday home through artful Pinterest boards, Instagram backdrops, and fun party ideas, chevron is ready to sit aside for a while. Consider switching out chevron accents for botanicals and greens to embrace 2017’s home trend of Pantone’s Greenery. If it’s been incorporated into your walls, now is a good time to go with a flat color to relax the eyes for the year. You can also consider a printed wallpaper to add visual interest to a space.
An Important Reminder: Love Your Home
While certain home trends will come and go over the years, the most important thing to remember is to enjoy your home, wherever you are. Well-loved and thrifted pieces of furniture with history can’t be replicated. A cozy space for you to curl up with a good book is irreplaceable. A room where you can look forward to spending time with your family and friends is one of the greatest joys of owning a home.
If you’re ready to mix up the interior for yourself or for a move, feel free to do so. Trends can be very valuable in drawing in an interested and fashion-conscious audience. However, it will be the character of your house without the fashionable trappings that will truly draw your buyer in. Be honest about changes you make, but don’t obsess over them unless it’s purely for you. Minor cosmetic upgrades won’t be the final deciding factor.
Think you want to sell your home or should make some improvements for the future? Knowing what will and won’t be a good investment of your time is a huge battle for homeowners, and a knowledgeable local Realtor can offer guidance. With experience with buyers and sellers alike, our team is happy to consult on what will be useful to you when it comes time to hit the market.