Replacing a purchase that turned out to be a fashion faux pas is much easier and less expensive than undoing a décor trend in your home. Following what’s in vogue for the interior and exterior of your home may not always be the best choice. You could be stuck with it for years. Tread lightly and think ahead when considering new crazes to include in your refurbishing.
We collected ten overrated design trends for you. Eight of them came from the experts at Realty Times. The Zakhar Team of real estate brokers in Mission Viejo, California, contributed the last two via their website.
1. Marble Counters
Although beautiful when new, marble requires extra maintenance to keep stains and scratches at bay.
2. Stainless Steel Apron Front Sinks
This material is easily smudged and scratched plus requires extra cleaning besides just wiping the sink down after using it. Once a week you need to apply stainless steel cleaner or polish.
3. Wallpaper Overload
You may tire easily of a bold pattern or trendy color of paper on the walls. Unless you know you’ll love the look for years, think twice because removing it won’t be easy.
4. Dark Wood Floors
Just like black suits and skirts, this shade of flooring picks up all the dirt, dog hair and lint.
5. White Upholstered Furniture
Only the very rich, with live-in housekeepers should attempt this fad. Everyday people with children, dogs and even adults can spot or stain it without even trying.
Cover your patio with a full-on roof instead if you’re looking for shelter from rain or intense sun. The narrow slats on a pergola let the outside elements in.
7. Rain Showerhead
A good one costs in the thousands of dollars, not including installation. It’s also difficult to rinse the shampoo out of your hair without the traditional stream force a regular showerhead provides.
8. Eliminating the Tub
You’ll have no place to soak and drink wine by candlelight when you need to destress. Consider this step carefully, because removing the tub affects the saleability of your home.
9. Mirrored Furnishings
Reflective surfaces all around your home can be annoying and a chore to keep clean and spotless.
10. Brass Hardware
Swapping out your fixtures makes an affordable way to update a room, but brass changes color as it ages. And not evenly, either. Think about satin or brushed nickel instead if you want a change.