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Design Trends That Don't Hit the Mark for Buyers

Things are always changing in the design world and what was in last year, may be out this year. When you are considering a remodel or a new build, it’s important to think carefully about the future. Will the choices you make today appeal to you or a buyer in 2 years, 5 years, or even longer? I’m about to remodel my primary bathroom and I thought I'd check in on what's in and what's out. For this blog, I thought I'd focus on some designs that are no longer trending.


1.   Statement Wallpapers

Statement wallpapers, once a go-to choice for adding personality to a room, are becoming less popular. Homeowners are opting for more subtle and timeless wall treatments, such as textured paint finishes and natural materials, to create a sophisticated and enduring look.

2. Excessive Minimalism

The minimalist movement, once applauded for its simplicity and clean lines, may have gotten too extreme. Buyers are now seeking a balance between simplicity and warmth, incorporating more personal touches and textured elements into their homes.

3. All-White Kitchens

The all-white kitchen trend, a staple in interior design for years, is losing its appeal  Homeowners are exploring bolder color schemes, incorporating natural materials, and experimenting with diverse textures to create more inviting and dynamic kitchen spaces.

4. Monochromatic Color Schemes

While a cohesive color palette is essential, the trend of entirely monochromatic interiors is falling out of favor. More diverse color schemes that incorporate a mix of earthy tones, vibrant accents, and pops of unexpected colors are gaining popularity.

5. Industrial-Inspired Décor

The industrial aesthetic, once a popular choice for its raw and unfinished look, is now being replaced by warmer and more organic materials. People are leaning towards a blend of natural elements, such as wood and stone, to create a more comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

6. Barn Doors

Barn doors that gained popularity for their rustic charm, aren’t as popular as they used to be. Homeowners are opting for more modern and streamlined alternatives, such as sliding pocket doors or glass partitions, to maintain a contemporary and open feel.

7. Accent Walls

While accent walls were once a popular way to add a splash of color, homeowners are embracing more cohesive and multi-dimensional color palettes that flow seamlessly throughout a space, creating a harmonious and balanced environment.

8. Open Shelving in Kitchens

Open shelving in kitchens, a trend that aimed to create an airy and accessible feel, is losing its appeal. Homeowners are now favoring a combination of closed and open storage solutions to maintain a clean look while still providing practical storage options.

9. Overly Designed Outdoor Spaces

Elaborate outdoor spaces with excessive features and furnishings are being replaced by more sustainable and functional designs. Buyers are prioritizing low-maintenance landscaping, eco-friendly materials, and multipurpose outdoor areas that cater to various activities.

Now..... don't panic and think that your home is no longer "trendy". If you like what you have, embrace it. These lists only tell us what's happening right now and who knows.....these design elements might be trending again by fall!

Source: California Interior Design Association, California Home Trends, Pacific Outdoor Living Magazine, California Kitchen & Bath, The California Home, Dwell, Houzz, Architectural Digest,


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