When selling your home, having the most up-to-date interior undeniably boosts profit. As we usher in the new year, fresh styles will replace some of our beloved but overused favorites of the recent past. To avoid a dated home that will drag down price value, make sure to avoid these outdated home design trends that are sure to fade out of fashion as the months progress.
1. White Kitchens
All-white kitchens have long had their moment to shine. While they’re classic and simple, the cycle of design ultimately demands for a change, and all white everything currently looks stale.
Instead, two-toned cabinets (one color on the bottom and a different color on top) are becoming increasingly popular. In 2021 we will also see a rise in warm-toned neutral or bold, colorful kitchens.
I’m sure the all-white kitchen will find its way back into the graces of interior designers sooner or later. For now, however, this outdated home trend needs to take its turn on the backburner.
2. Subway Tiles
For the past few years we’ve seen subway tiles everywhere from kitchen backsplashes to shower walls. It’s finally time for this style to retire as an outdated home design trend in 2021. As newer buildings pop up and contemporary home renovations take place, we will slowly see subway tiles cycle out.
If you already have them in the home you want to sell, don’t stress. It will take time to fall out of fashion. Over the course of the year, however, the trendy statement tiles will look increasingly unfashionable.
3. Industrial Light Bulbs
The Edison bulb was a key statement to the industrial interior design that boomed over the past few years. We saw them everywhere from people’s living rooms to Starbucks lounges. As we progress into the new decade, the industrial style will fade out, along with its light bulbs.
Not only an aesthetic issue, edison bulbs are rather dim. So unless you love the old-timey vibe it provides, you’re better off switching it out for something brighter.
Popularized by HGTV and a staple of the modern farmhouse look, shiplap dominated the interior and exterior of new and remodeled homes in recent years. This trend, along with barn doors and any other distinctly farmhouse pieces, is already looking aged. Because of its popularity it’s been exceedingly overused and has no place in the future of housing.
5. Matte Black Fixtures
The matte black fixtures that have dominated new kitchens and bathrooms are now oversaturated in 2021. According to designer Whittney Parkinson, this style “immediately draws your eye to an element that shouldn’t have much relevance.” Luckily fixtures are easy to replace, so consider doing so before you upload pictures for your listing online.
6. Millennial Pink
Millennial pink has run its course. The soft color is associated with luxury and promotes relaxation when used in the home, which is all positive. But even too much of a good thing can be bad, and the truth is the color is tired.
7. Grey-on-Grey Everything
Warm tones are taking over the interior design world. The cool greys of the recent years are already a thing of the past. Especially when overdone, this outdated home design trend will age the place you want to sell. Though flooring is hard to change, a quick paint job can rejuvenate the space.